HORNS (Gnosall) footballers were the pride of the Stafford and District Sunday league in 2004 after winning county silverware.
It was a first-season achievement for Horns, who defeated Britannia Inn (Leek) 2-1 after extra time in the final of the Staffordshire FA Challenge Trophy.
The final was played at Norton United’s ground and a well taken goal from Mark Longworth put Horns ahead, before Britannia struck a first half equaliser.
There was no addition to the score in normal time, however in extra time Carl Scragg grabbed the decisive winner for Horns. “The team were tremendous,” said committee member Mark Simkin.
It was a superb start to the 2004 bowls season for Stafford-based Gordon Hawkins who won the prestigious Les Evans Memorial Classic at Chadsmoor Progressive.
The Victoria Park player, who had been runner-up the previous year, went one better when defeating Sheffield’s Chris Brown 21-20 in a dramatic final.
Hawkins opened a 12-5 lead, only for Brown to hit back to cut the deficit to one (16-15). In a see-saw battle, Hawkins moved ahead again 18-15, before Brown stormed back and led for the first time 20-18, only for Hawkins to level.
The match went down to a tense last end and Hawkins emerged the winner and so picked up the £400 first prize.
In the annual Staffs Schools’ orienteering championships on Cannock Chase, primary school winners were Oakridge, middle school, Oldfields Hall and Walton High took the Secondary Cup.
In the corresponding week, Stafford Rangers picked up maximum points in the Dr Martens Premier with 2-0 wins at Grantham Town and at home to Worcester City, so continuing their push for runners-up spot. Rob Heath and Gary Fife were on target at Grantham, while Craig McAughtrie and Heath saw off City.
Burton Manor Vikings clinched the Stafford Table Tennis championship with two matches to play. They secured the title with a 10-0 whitewash of Lichfield K and Q. In division two, Burton Manor Perkins were promoted as champions.