East Midlands Counties League Cup Final: Ashby Ivanhoe 1 Dunkirk 2.

Cropston Rd, Leicester LE7 7BP

When the EMCL league and Anstey Nomads planned this cup final, with its barbecue and outdoor activities for kids, they probably didn’t imagine a Saturday in May would be so bleeding freezing!

A good following from Ashby De La Zouch were on course for a good night celebrating their lads victory until the Nottinghamshire team snatched an 80th minute equaliser and, just when me and Frank were looking forward to extra-time and hopefully pens, a 91st minute winner.

Dunkirk deserved it tbf. They produced the more expansive football and in their number 10 they had an experienced head leading the line with great strength and intelligence (although he was slower than I would be if I ran backwards carrying a sideboard).

We both indulged in the barbecue, even if we could barely hold the food in our frostbitten fingers and had a top day out at what was probably our last game* of a long but brilliant season (*said that twice already this season so we’ll see!).