A LATE goal by Lewis Pickering ensured Aldingbourne Country Centre won the cup in its annual open football tournament for adults with learning disabilities.
His crisp volley from a corner from Christian Roberts gave the centre a 1-0 victory over Out There West Sussex in a closely contested game.
The result was tough on Out There who had dominated the match only to be repeatedly denied by the brilliance of Aldingbourne’s keeper, Robert Fox.
Scoring the winner made up for the disappointment of Pickering in missing out in the penalty shoot-out final to Out There’s Warren Time after more than 100 hopefuls had started the contest.
A county centre spokeswoman said: “Ten teams from around Sussex took part and enjoyed playing on the pristinely manicured turf at Arundel Castle Cricket Club.
“The true spirit of the game was on show for the full day with many great goals and lots of fun being had.”
Arundel’s director of cricket, John Barclay, stepped in to accommodate the event because the centre was unable to host it due to site developments.
The tournament has grown since it began in 2010 and this year’s also benefited from the help of Christ’s Hospital pupils with warm up sessions and refereeing and Pagham CC’s Mandy Burgess with the barbecue.