Hampton FC are confident they will be celebrating a double success at the end of the season.
The city battlers are riding high at the top of Peterborough League Division Three and last weekend they reached the final of the Hunts Junior Cup with a 5-3 win over St Ives Rangers despite playing most of the second-half with nine men.
Shane Cooke and John Redell both saw red for violent conduct in the same incident which also saw a St Ives player dismissed for stamping.
“It was a disappointing part of another good day,” Hampton manager Stuart Barrett admitted. “But young referee Ellis Mills handled it very well and in the end we were just happy to be celebrating reaching a cup final.
“We were 3-0 up when the red cards arrived, but my lads reacted well. We have Alconbury in the final which will be tough, but we want to have secured promotion by then.
“We are in a good position, but we will probably have to beat Spalding Town for the second time this season if we are to win the league.
“We have the players to do it. We will lose Shane to suspension which is a blow as he’s our top scorer, but we have Lee Deane, Aaron Sawyer and Kelvin Fletcher all scoring regularly so we should cope.”
Cooke has 21 goals this term, but Deane (16), Fletcher (13) and Sawyer (12) are among Division Three’s top scorers.
Alconbury beat ICA Sports Reserves 4-0 in the other Hunts Junior Cup semi-final.
ICA’s senior side had a much better day as they toppled Premier Division title contenders Netherton 3-2.
Andy Cook scored twice in the first 22 minutes for ICA and Liam Gallagher added a third goal midway through the second half. Jon Harrison and Stephen Mastin replied for Netherton.
Coates returned to the top of the table on goal difference despite not playing as previous leaders Oakham lost 2-0 at home to Moulton Harrox.
City-based Ian Bradbury scored twice for Moulton who host Netherton on Saturday.