NON-LEAGUE FOOTBALL: Rovers chief Ducket delighted, St Neots boss Clements apologetic after Hunts Senior Cup final

Eynesbury Rovers manager Mark Ducket.

Eynesbury Rovers manager Mark Ducket. - Credit: Archant

Eynesbury manager Mark Ducket was left ‘over the moon’ by his side’s Hunts Senior Cup success.

United Counties League Premier Division side Rovers captured the county crown for the first time in 15 years last night when beating St Neots in the showpiece.

Tom Coles’ 42nd minute goal settled the contest at the Premier Plus Stadium as Eynesbury completed a second successive giantkilling in the competition. They had beaten another Southern League Premier Division side, and cup holders, St Ives in the semi-finals.

Ducket, a former St Neots player, said: “I’m over the moon for a great group of players.

“We won the trophy the hardest way possible by beating the two top teams in the Hunts area.

“The semi-final against St Ives was a better advert for the competition, but we still had to produce another big performance in the final.

“We trained on Monday night and everyone was on it. I knew we were capable of winning it.

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“There were obviously a few nerves on the night, but that’s only to be expected as these lads have not won a trophy together before.

“I’m really excited for what the future could hold for these lads. They’ve worked really hard and showed everyone what they are about.”

St Neots boss Matt Clements issued a public apology for the lacklustre showing of his side.

Clements, who guided the club to Southern League Premier Division safety following his appointment at the turn of the year, pulled no punches in a damning assessment of their final outing of the campaign.

He said: “I can only apologise to any St Neots Town fan who paid to watch that display.

“We were toothless, we were flat, we lacked quality and even more disappointingly we lacked desire.

“It’s certainly not the end to the season we wanted and the hard work now starts to change the mentality at this football club.

“But huge praise goes to Eynesbury. Their victory was thoroughly deserved and they will certainly be a force next season.”