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Melksham Town create history after dramatic final

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Wiltshire FA County Cup Winners Melksham Town FC

Wiltshire FA County Cup Winners Melksham Town FC

MELKSHAM Town Football Club is celebrating after retaining the Wiltshire Senior Cup after a dramatic penalty shootout win against Bradford Town.

The cup success is only Melksham’s seventh in their 138-year history and ensures they are one of a few sides in the history of the competition to retain the trophy.

Town saw off local rivals Bradford Town on penalties after the tie had finished 3-3 after extra time, in a tensely fought final played at Chippenham Town’s Hardenhuish Park.

Twice Town were behind in normal time but first Dan Kovacs and then Ryan Bennett equalised as it ended 2-2 after 90 minutes. Kovacs scored again in extra-time before Bradford snatched a dramatic late equaliser to take it to penalties. Town keeper Drewitt was the hero as he saved two penalties to ensure Melksham won 3-2.

Manager Darren Perrin said, “Everyone was fantastic and did a great job for the club and can be proud of their efforts. I’m really happy as all the hard work and commitment from so many has paid off.”

Melksham’s route to the final saw them beat Westbury United, Shrewton United, Highworth Town and Purton.