Bees end Chichester fairytale to take Men's Cup

Richard Lawrence celebrates scoring in the 2016 cup final

Men’s Cup Final: Lethal Lawrence the hero for Bees.

Beeston 3 (1)
Stuart Pilgrim 6 (PS)
Richard Lawrence 39, 50 (FG, FG)

Chichester 0 (0)

Two goals from Beeston’s Richard Lawrence clinched the Bees’ fifth Men’s Cup title after an excellent performance to see off Chichester 3-0. Lawrence struck twice in the second half to add to Stuart Pilgrim’s early penalty stroke to end the Sussex side’s dreams of a fairytale at the final hurdle.

Much of the talk pre-match centred around the potential of another Premier Division scalp for Chichester who had already collected two en route to the final. However Matt Taylor’s side were disciplined, well prepared and professional and got the job done in front of a big crowd who provided an electric atmosphere.

Beeston dominated the first half with Maciej Pacanowski in the Chichester goal called upon to deny Chris Proctor, Richard Lawrence and then Hamish Imrie in quick succession with a string of splendid saves.

Stuart Pilgrim lifts the cup for Beeston

On six minutes the Bees made the breakthrough. Pilgrim kept calm to slot in a low penalty stroke to settle his side into the match. The Polish stopper was at it again moments later getting down sharply to his right to repel another Lawrence penalty corner. Proctor and Mohan Gandhi were dominating the middle of the pitch and Chichester’s attacks were restricted to fast breaks and half chances.

Beeston extended their lead four minutes after the break thanks to Lawrence. Joe Sharp cut in from the right and forced a save from the goalkeeper. The ball popped up and Richard Lawrence made no mistake, volleying in the rebound.

Gandhi and Proctor both went close but then at the other end, Jamie Cachia, largely a spectator till this point, was called upon making superb save from Martin Gough’s deflection. Chichester poured forwards in search of a goal but it was Beeston who extended the lead, Lawrence spinning and firing in an unstoppable shot from near the top of the circle. There was still time for an outstanding goal line clearance from Matt Sewell and another fine save by Cachia but Beeston were in control and saw the game out to take the cup 3-0.

Lawrence spoke to England Hockey after the match, watch the interview below.