DAN Ashdown's headed goal proved to be the winner as Cavendish lifted the Charlie Pullen Memorial League Knock Out Cup in the Rollo Estates Colchester and East Essex League.

Cavendish faced fellow premier division side Tavern at FC Clacton's Rush Green Bowl in the cup final and it turned out to be a close encounter.

It was won in the first half when Cavendish were awarded a penalty in the 19th minute and although the spot-kick was saved, Ashdown rose high to head home from the resulting corner.

It gave Cavendish a 1-0 lead and also the silverware but Tavern will have a chance to avenge their defeat as the same two sides are due to meet in the final of the Jenkins Shield on Saturday at Essex University.

In the the Jenkins Shield semi-finals, Stanway Athletic lost 3-2 to Tavern and Riverbank Athletic went down by the same score against Cavendish.

Meanwhile, in league action, St Osyth visited Langham Lodgers in division one and a hard-fought encounter ended in a 2-2 draw after St Osyth battled back from being 2-0 down at the break.

Matthew Newcombe and Matt Brace had put Langham 2-0 up but second half St Osyth goals from Bailey Barnard and Mason Garey meant the points were shared.

This result left St Osyth needing to win their last match against Ramsey Mill Reserves if they were to win the title and they did just that with a 5-2 victory that saw them finish top and Stanway Athletic as runners-up.

St Osyth had to come from behind for their victory, though, as Ramsey were leading 2-1 at the break.

On the St Osyth score sheet were Barnard with a hat-trick, Mason Garey and substitute Harry Hulstrom.

St Osyth are due to be back in action tonight when they will face Old Memorial Services in the final of the Great Bromley Cup.