Hunts Cup: Baines’ boys chase county silverware

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Stilton player-boss Mark Baines has set his sights on county glory.

Simon Denning hit a hat-trick as the red-hot local lads breezed into the semi-finals of the Hunts Intermediate Cup by sinking Needingworth 5-0 last Saturday. Liam Rodden and Garry Beaver hit the other goals.

It was a seventh victory during an eight-match unbeaten run for a team who have also moved smoothly into the upper reaches of the Peterborough & District League Premier Division standings.

“The lads’ confidence levels are ridiclous at the moment,” said Baines, who is in his first managerial role.

“We haven’t had an easy run of games by any means, but we’ve been picking up results.

“We’re in a Champions League spot in the league and this county cup is definitely winnable!”

Stilton are back in knockout action this Saturday when they face ICA Sports in the first of two cup ties between the sides.

They contest a President’s Premier Shield quarter-final this weekend before meeting again in the PFA Senior Cup in their first outing of 2015. A Hunts Intermediate Cup semi-final trip to Eaton Socon follows later in January.

They are one of two local sides left in the county competition with Riverside also advancing to the last four.

Paul Workman’s outfit won 4-2 at Bluntisham Rangers last Saturday to set up a semi-final date at Brampton . . . and they did it without a recognised goalkeeper.

Paul Smith, who usually plays at right-back for the club’s reserve side, deputised between the sticks.

Workman said: “Paul performed very well as we beat a team who had put five past ICA Sports in the previous round.

“The first-half display was our best 45 minutes of the season so far.”