Rovers reign again in Under 18 final

Eynesbury Under 18s celebrate their Hunts Cup win.

Eynesbury Under 18s celebrate their Hunts Cup win. - Credit: Archant

Eynesbury lifted the Hunts Under 18 Cup for the third time in four years.

The current crop of Rovers talents followed up previous triumphs in 2012 and 2014 with a high-scoring destruction of Yaxley on home turf at Hall Road last Friday night (April 10).

Rhys Thorpe and Dom Smith both claimed doubles in the 7-1 success with Liam Littlefair, Chris Smith and Ollie Lee sharing the other goals.

It had looked as though it may be a frustrating night for Rovers as they spurned three early chances to hit the front, but a quickfire Thorpe brace put them in command.

Littlefair, a former Yaxley player, then struck against his old club to reward the persistent work of Callum Stockwell and hand Eynesbury an almost unassailable half-time advantage.

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The goals continued to flow in the second period as Chris Smith, who made his first-team debut for the club the following day, struck with a classy free-kick.

Yaxley did grab a consolation soon after, but it didn’t knock Eynesbury out of their stride.

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Dom Smith got in on the act just after the hour after Thorpe had flicked a Nathan Arnold free-kick into his path and added his second when latching onto a Matty Gilbert pass, flicking the ball over the Yaxley keeper and nodding into the gaping net.

Defender Lee completed the scoring in the closing stages with a smart header from a Chris Smith corner.

Eynesbury team: Louis Cook, Ollie Lee, Nathan George, Ryan Wood, Ben Hickling, Callum Stockwell, Chris Smith, Ryan Vale, Conor Inskip, Liam Littlefair, Rhys Thorpe. Subs: Lee Adams, Danny Marriott, Dom Smith, Matty Gilbert, Nathan Arnold.

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