Eynesbury Rovers manager Mark Ducket believes the best two teams in the area will be doing battle tonight.

Rovers host St Ives Town in an eagerly anticipated Hunts Senior Cup semi-final at Hall Road, 7.45pm.

It’s a repeat of last season’s final in which higher-level Saints triumphed 2-0, but Ducket believes both teams have improved since then.

The fixture has been delayed by a week due to a postponement last Tuesday, and that has only served to make Rovers, who sit third in the United Counties League Premier Division, even hungrier to cause a shock against a set of Saints, who can be found in the safety of mid-table two steps up the ladder at Southern League Premier Division level.

“I think this should be the final,” said Ducket. “For me, St Ives and Eynesbury are the best two teams in Hunts based on the form they have showed throughout this season.

We’re a bit better than we were at the time of the final last season, whereas St Ives are now a far better team.

“It’s a very tough challenge for my boys, but if the football gods are with us, we have a chance.

“When playing a team from a couple of leagues higher, you need to have all 11 men at their best. Even that might not be enough as we’ll need Lady Luck on our side too.

“Regardless of the result, I just hope it is a good footballing spectacle which attracts a big crowd.

“The revenue will come in very useful even if we don’t make it through to the final.”

The Eynesbury squad features two of the players who helped St Ives win promotion last season – defender Daniel Moyes and midfielder Jack Warwick.

Saints’ own group of players has undergone plenty of changes since they lifted the county crown back in April, but manager Ricky Marheineke is keen to hold onto the trophy.

And there is no chance of him taking Eynesbury lightly. He said: “We will prepare for this game just as we would a league match.

“Eynesbury are having a fine season and I’ve had plenty of good reports about them. They score lots of goals and have dangerous players.

“But we need to focus on our own performance. If we play to the level we can, we should be able to come through the game.

“It was a proud moment for us all to lift the trophy last season, and we want to do that again.”

* There’s another big game just down the road at the Premier Plus Stadium tonight, where St Neots entertain Chesham in a Southern League Premier Division clash, 7.45pm.

Matt Clements’ side climbed out of the relegation zone with a weekend success against Basingstoke.