Peterborough Premier Division rivals ICA Sports and Pinchbeck United will contest the PFA Senior Cup Final at the ABAX Stadium next month.
Both won their semi-finals 2-1 on Saturday (March 25). ICA pipped Division One promotion-chasers Warboys at Ringwood, while Pinchbeck came out on top against Peterborough Sports Reserves in a clash of the top-flight heavyweights at Knight Street.
The final will be a special moment for ICA manager Hamish Curtis who was on the books of Peterborough United as a youngster and made one appearance for the club in a Rumbelows Cup quarter-final replay at Middlesbrough in 1992.
Second-half goals from Harley Williams and Josh Smith either side of an Arry Scarborough strike secured ICA’s win, but they will start the final as underdogs against title-chasing Pinchbeck.
Inevitably Pinchbeck goal-machine Ollie Maltby proved the difference in a scrappy game against Sport Reserves. He scored twice before Gary Gibbs grabbed a late consolation for the city side.
Pinchbeck failed in a cheeky attempt to sign Netherton United’s fleet-footed hotshot Tom Randall last week.
Randall is the second highest scorer among Premier Division clubs with 34 goals (Maltby has an astonishing 54). He struck a hat-trick in Saturday’s 5-1 win over Leverington at the Grange which helped keep the city side in fourth place. Moulton Harrox remain third after a cosy 5-1 win at Silton with Joe Townsend scoring twice.
The brilliant for of Stamford Lions continued with a 10-2 thrashing of AFC Stanground Sports.
That’s 10 top-flight wins in a row for Lions. Luke Ball and Rob Forster both claimed hat-tricks in what was the start of a memorable weekend for the former.
Ball, who has scored nine goals in his last four Lions’ appearances, netted five times for Bretton North End Reserves in a Peterborough Sunday Morning League match the following day.
Josh Ford scored twice for Holbeach Reserves in a 6-1 win over Langtoft United, while Wisbech Town Reserves beat Thorney 3-1 with all their goals arriving before the break.
Sawtry and Ketton played out an eight-goal thriller with the home side winning 5-3.
Saturday, March 25
PFA SENIOR CUP
ICA Sports 2 (Williams, Smith), Warboys Town 1 (Scarborough).
Pinchbeck United 2 (Maltby 2), Peterborough Sports Reserves 1 (G. Gibbs).
CHROMASPORT & TROPHIES PETERBOROUGH LEAGUE
AFC Stanground Sports 2 (Dean 2), Stamford Lions 10 (Ball 3, Forster 3, Montgomery, Easson, Speck, Nairn)
Holbeach United Res 6 (Ford 2, Allen, Smith, Powley, og), Langtoft United 1 (Spearink)
Netherton United 5 (Randall 3, Taylor, Akbar), Leverington Sports 1 (Palmer)
Sawtry 5, Ketton 3
Stilton United 1, Moulton Harrox 5 (Townsend 2, Parry, Law, Cawthorne)
Wisbech Town Res 3 (Hamilton, McKenna, Hardwick), Thorney 1 (Donohoe).