LOCAL FOOTBALL: Scott comes to the ‘four’ as Papworth Reserves roar into cup final

Papworth Reserves, pictured ahead of their semi-final success, are back row, left to right, Simon Ha

Papworth Reserves, pictured ahead of their semi-final success, are back row, left to right, Simon Harrison (manager), Martin Fowler, Tom Stammler, Matt Seymour, Sly Crane, Max Cubbitt, Simon Mayes, Will Abrams, Dan Seymour, Adam Taylor, front, James Scott, Steve McGee, Ashley Dove, Josh Philpot, Ross Currah, Billy Hall and Jamie Webb. - Credit: Archant

Four-goal James Scott fired Papworth Reserves into the John Ablett Cup final – as their semi-final trip to Wickhambrook finally went ahead at the fourth attempt.

Scott produced the crucial strike in the second half of extra-time as the local side prevailed 5-4 after earlier throwing away a three-goal lead.

A fine Scott lob and a smart Simon Mayes volley handed the Papworth second string a two-goal cushion at half-time.

A penalty halved their arrears before Scott completed his hat-trick to open up a 4-1 advantage.

Hosts Wickhambrook then roared back to level to send the tie into extra-time where Scott struck again to settle a contest which had been postponed on the previous three Saturdays.

Papworth Reserves’ reward is a clash against Suffolk Punch, Haverhill on Wednesday, May 9 in the final of the Cambs League competition. The showpiece is being staged at Ely City FC.

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