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Hunts Senior Cup Final St Ives Town 2 Hampton Athletic 0 MANAGERS Jez Hall and Warren Everdell lifted the Hunts Senior Cup at Jubilee Park on Monday and pledged: one down, two to go . For tonight (Wednesday), Saints are in the Hunts Premier Cup final and
Hunts Senior Cup Final
St Ives Town 2 Hampton Athletic 0
MANAGERS Jez Hall and Warren Everdell lifted the Hunts Senior Cup at Jubilee Park on Monday and pledged: "one down, two to go".
For tonight (Wednesday), Saints are in the Hunts Premier Cup final and then Town try to lift the Hinchingbrooke Cup on Friday evening.
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Joint boss Hall said: "It's crazy really. I don't think some of the younger lads fully appreciate what an achievement it is to reach three cup finals in the space of a week.
"It's been 19 years since we made the Senior Cup final so this was the one of the three we really wanted to win, but we'll be going all out in the other games."
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Statisticians believe that Saints' achievement in making the Senior, Premier and Hinchingbrooke cup finals is the first in the competitions' history.
The final itself was something of a disappointment, with Peterborough League side Hampton offering little resistance to St Ives' threat from set pieces.
Just five minutes had elapsed when Simon Claridge rose highest to nod in a Dan Moyes corner.
Then, just a minute before half time, Will Fordham lashed in a penalty for Saints to effectively seal the victory, with Hampton posing little threat.
Hunts FA president Doug Roberts was on hand to present the Senior Cup to Saints, who celebrated in traditional style, spraying champagne across managers Hall and Everdell.
Hall joked: "Last time we won the Senior Cup, Lloyd Howard was being born, I was just leaving school and Wazza (Everdell) was playing in central midfield."
Last week, St Ives were busy in cup action, defeating Premier Cup final opponents Biggleswade 2-1 in the Hinchingbrooke semi-final on Thursday.
Tuesday had seen Saints cruise to a 4-1 win at Potton to clinch their Premier Cup final spot.
Hall said: "It's all about St Ives Town at the moment - my missus hasn't seen me in days. I don't know whether she's pleased about that or not.
"I know the chairman is delighted with the cup success and we are pleased to be taking the club forward."
Biggleswade are the opponents in tonight's Premier Cup final, while Deeping Rangers are the opposition on Friday in the Hinchingbrooke Cup.
INFORMATION: Both the Hunts Premier and Hinchingbrooke Cup finals are to be held at St Neots Town's Rowley Park ground with evening kick-offs.
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