A football team from the Watford Sunday League have triumphed emphatically by winning a trio of domestic competitions this season.
Oakview FC completed the treble in style, winning the Premier Division title, the President’s Cup and the Challenge Cup.
Oakview won the title for the 15th time, and for the fifth straight season and they also had the top goalscorer, not only in the Premier Division but overall, Lewis Putman with 44 goals.
The title was won on May 6 without Oakview even playing. This date had been scheduled for the Challenge Cup Final, however this had been postponed and Oakview did not have a game. Nearest rivals Reed Rangers were playing Fox & Hounds in their final game and needed a win to go above Oakview by a single point, and to hope Oakview lost their final game against Rifle Volunteer.
Despite Reed going 2-0 up early on, a determined Fox & Hounds fought back to pull level and eventually run out winners at 5-3 thus ending Reed’s hopes of the title.
However, in a strange quirk of fate, Oakview’s final game against Rifle Volunteer was never played due to Rifle not being able to field a team and so Oakview were awarded the three points anyway, meaning that Reed’s efforts had been in vain.
The Terry Devereux President’s Cup saw Oakview retain it after beating Reed Rangers 2-1 in the final on April 29.
In the semi-finals Oakview were given a massive fright by Colne Valley who had a 2-1 lead with 12 minutes to go, before the holders turned it around late on.
In the last of the triumphs for Oakview, they won the Eric Hand Challenge Cup for a 10th time by beating Third Division The Tree in the final on May 13. The Tree had actually been beaten 2-0 in the semi-final by Reed Rangers before they were removed from the competition having found guilty by Herts FA and the FA for playing a suspended player.
Oakview’s joint manager Melvyn McCormack said: “I’m delighted at such a great season. We’ve now won the title for the 15th time which is a record. We were even deducted nine points but still won the league.
“The success is all down to the strength of the squad. You don’t win anything with 11 or 12 players, but we have 22, so we have the players to be able to compete. “It’s been a strong league this season, it’s not been a walkover.”
Melvyn urged the players to keep up their competitive streak for next season.
He added: “We need to keep challenging next season. We know there are teams wanting to hunt us down. We just need to be on our toes.”