IT WAS a goal worthy of winning any final.
Bay Athletic’s Steve Smith showed a real touch of class to bamboozle his marker in the 58th minute.
And the former Town and Emley man curled a beautiful 25-yarder into the top corner to secure the Huddersfield FA Challenge Cup for his team.
Bay’s 1-0 win over Lepton Highlanders was deserved, as they showed the extra composure and extra class to edge the Galpharm Stadium contest.
Local football’s showpiece was never a classic but there were enough good touches from both sides to warm the 369 crowd on a chilly night.
Smith was undoubtedly the best player on the park and it was he who posed the biggest threat on the night.
But Lepton gave as good as they got in the first half, with lively front runners Paul Pike, Ashley Flynn and Danny Facey all prominent in a series of attacks.
Their efforts, though, floundered on a Bay defence marshalled by Liam Rothery and Andy Salm and chances were at a premium.
The second half was more open but again defences were on top.
Lepton keeper Ben Roebuck pulled off two fines saves to deny Brighton Mugadza and Aaron Joseph but Smith’s top-drawer finish proved the difference.
Bay Athletic: McClachlan, Buckley, Salm, Rothery, Jerome, Dawson (Arundel 82), Ryan (James 65), Hall (Mulverhill 72), Smith, Mugadza, Joseph. Subs not used: Stocker, Senior.
Lepton Highlanders: Roebuck, Mitchell (Sylvester 70), Cooke, Martin (Brown 80), Hinchliffe, Walsh, Pike, McMahon, Flynn, Haigh, Facey. Subs not used: Dyson, Flynn, Hanson.
Referee: John Connolly, assistants Peter Darby, Charlie Fosbrook, David Midgley.