Sports, the runaway leaders of United Counties Division One, beat highly-rated Eastern Counties Premier Division side Godmanchester Rovers 2-1 in the quarter-finals of the Hinchingbrooke Cup at PSL.
It’s a 24th win in a row in all competitions for the all-conquering city side who now go on to tackle top flight UCL side Yaxley in the semi-finals. It’s not a game the Cuckoos will probably relish.
Sports enjoyed the perfect start last night as Ollie Medwynter headed in Jordan Macleod’s free kick after just 90 seconds.
And it was 2-0 on 24 minutes as Avelino Vieira latched onto a classy MacLeod pass before slotting home past visiting ‘keeper Evan Jeckells.
Sports could have been further ahead by the time Godmanchester pulled a goal back 15 minutes from time through a James Hall penalty following a harsh decision to penalise Medwynter for handball. Karl Gibbs planted a good headed chance wide and Macleod struck the bar with a dipping, curling effort from 30 yards.
The penalty conversion turned out to be Godmanchester’s one shot on target all night and Sports should have wrapped the game up deep into injury time when substitute Harry Brundle took too long to get a shot away and was tackled.
Sports have now beaten five higher-level teams in cup competitions this season. They have also won all 20 of their league matches and remain on course for four major trophies. They are also through to the semi-finals of the UCL KO Cup and the Northants Junior Cup.
Stamford AFC are unbeaten in 2016 and they moved into the third round of the Doodson Cup, a competition for EVO Stik League sides, with a 4-1 home win over Premier Division rivals Buxton last night.
All the scoring arrived in the first-half when Stamford had a strong wind at their backs. Jack Wightwick scored twice with Jake Duffy and Jordan Smith also on target for ‘The Daniels’.
Revised Hinchingbrooke Cup draw:
Quarter finals: Deeping Rangers v Huntingdon, Peterborough Northern Star v Eynesbury or Stotfold.
Semi-finals: Peterborough Sports v Yaxley, Deeping Rangers or Huntingdon v Peterborough Northern Star, Eynesbury or Stotfold.
There’s a big Peterborough League President’s Shield quarter-final at the Grange tonight (January 27, 8.05pm) when Netherton United take on Whittlesey Athletic.
Tuesday, January 26
DOODSON CUP (Second round)
Stamford AFC 4 (Wightwick 2, Duffy, Smith)
HINCHINGBROOKE CUP (Quarter final)
Peterborough Sports 2 (Medwynter, Vieira)
Godmanchester Rovers 1