HOLY Trinity appeared in the South Dorset Year Five/Six Seven-a-side Cup Final for the third consecutive year and lifted the trophy following a narrow 1-0 win over St Osmund’s Middle.

Having lost 4-1 to Conifers in the previous year’s showpiece, Holy Trinity were keen to go one better this time around but much credit must also go to St Osmund’s in what was a stormy decider.

Rain, wind and fading light made the conditions extremely tough for both sides but they still managed to produce a nail-biting finale to what had been a great competition.

Holy Trinity enjoyed a comfortable path through to final, beating the likes of Chickerell (3-1), Bincombe Valley (10-0) and Dorchester Middle (3-0) in the earlier rounds.

As for St Osmund’s, they overcame Conifers (3-0), St John’s (5-0), Wyke Regis (1-0 aet) and Southill (2-1).

Holy Trinity teacher Stuart Galloway said: “The final was a close contest played in extreme weather.

“The rain was relentless and St Osmund’s were an excellent team.

“In the end it took an excellent shot from Archie Woolford to break the deadlock and our keeper, Harry Rupp, made some excellent saves, as did the St Osmund’s keeper.

“Both teams played very well and there was some excellent defending.

“Ollie James and Leo Young did well for us while our team captain Travis Reynolds put in a man-of-the-match performance.”

Holy Trinity also recently finished third at the County Seven-a-side Finals, losing their last-four tie on penalties to the eventual winners.