Hinchingbrooke Cup Winners 2018
Yaxley completed a tremendous double last night, although not without controversy after overcoming the issues surrounding their semi-final tie with Eynesbury Rovers.
The United Counties League Premier Division champions added the Hinchingbrooke Cup to their collection of honours, with Andy Furnell’s side making light work of seeing off lower-league opponents Huntingdon Town 4-0 in a showpiece final clash staged at the Premier Plus Stadium in St Neots.
It was a fine end to a glorious season, but it’s not the first time Yaxley have won this trophy in unusual circumstances, having previously shared it with Royston back in 2013 when the final was abandoned due to a bad injury.
This time around the match went the full distance, with Furnell’s men never looking anything but champions.
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.
Having already beaten higher-level opponents in the previous two rounds, this was a step to far for Huntingdon Town who couldn’t pull off yet another scalp. That said, the team certainly weren’t disgraced and those connected with the club still had plenty to remain positive about.,
Speaking at the end of his first season in charge of Huntingdon Town, Manager – Jimmy Brattan said: “I’m delighted to have been able to take Huntingdon to a final. Very few people would have given us a chance to beat Ely or Deeping, but we pulled off those results and reached the final on merit. We’ll take plenty of confidence from what we’ve done in this competition and look to kick on next season.’’
Once again it was another wonderful tournament that organisers from the Hunts FA should be immensely proud of, not just on the pitch, but off of it, as well. The competition was sponsored by Mick George Ltd for a second consecutive year, and the local construction business has generously donated £500 which will go to a selected charity of choice.
Stuart Costello, Head of Marketing at Mick George Ltd commented: ‘’Established in 1894, the competition has an acclaimed heritage that is widely recognised in the footballing communities stretching throughout Cambridgeshire, Leicestershire and Northamptonshire, all core operating territories for our business.’’
Costello continued: ‘’For this reason, as well as our wider community and sporting commitments, supporting this tournament has always been an easy decision.’’