MATCH REPORT: Tom hits a terrific treble as Yaxley complete a decent double, Stamford Bels can't follow up PFA Cup success

Yaxley completed a decent double last night (May 21) - thanks to a controversial cup success.

Tuesday, 22nd May 2018, 9:24 am
Updated Friday, 8th June 2018, 8:40 am
Tom Waumsley (blue) hit a hat-trick for Yaxley in the Hinchingbrooke Cup FInal.

The United Counties League Premier Division champions added the Hinchingbrooke Cup to their collection of honours.

Andy Furnell’s side made light work of seeing off lower-level opponents Huntingdon Town 4-0 in a showpiece clash staged at the Premier Plus Stadium in St Neots.

It was a fine end to a glorious season, but also one which has attracted plenty of criticism. Yaxley received a walkover to the final after initially failing to field a team for a semi-final date at Eynesbury.

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Stamford Bels celebrate their PFA Challenge Cup final success. Photo: Mark Chambers photography.

That would, ordinarily, have led to them being removed, but competition bosses wanted the game to be replayed - something which didn’t go down well with Eynesbury, who pulled out in protest.

It’s not the first time Yaxley have won this trophy in unusual circumstances - they shared it with Royston back in 2013 when the final was abandoned due to a bad injury to Cuckoos man Matt Barber.

The showpiece went the full distance last night, though, and Furnell’s men never looked like being the third higher-level team to trip up against Huntingdon (quarter-final winners against Ely and semi-final victors at Deeping) in the competition this season.

Tom Waumsley made a 13th minute breakthrough and also doubled the advantage 10 minutes into the second half.

Dan Cotton sealed victory when converting a penalty earned by substitute Scott Carter before Waumsley completed both the scoring and his hat-trick.

Cotton saw another effort ruled out for offside while a series of smart saves from Huntingdon goalkeeper Quincy Shorunmu prevented further damage.

Stamford Lions lifted the Ancaster Cup last night with a 2-1 final success over Stamford Bels at Bourne Town FC.

Tom Lees scored the winning goal 20 minutes from time. Josh Collins had fired Lions in front in the firts-half before James Betts equalised for Bels.

Bels had claimed a shock 3-1 win over Moulton Harrox Reserves in the final of the PFA Challenge Cup over the weekend (May 18).

Peter Conneely, Rhys Gilson and Joe McDonald scored for Bels against a Harrox side were seeking an honours treble at Yaxley FC. Conneely also put through his own net.