NON-LEAGUE: St Neots Town and St Ives Town set for battle in Under 18 showpiece
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St Neots Town are 90 minutes away from completing a hat-trick of Hunts Under 18 Cup triumphs.
The club were 2016/17 and 2017/18 victors and their current crop of youngsters booked their place in this season’s showpiece with a 4-1 success at Yaxley at the semi-final stage last Sunday.
It was a hard-fought victory which featured a fifth hat-trick of the season in just 11 appearances from goalscoring talent Joe Rider.
He provided the only breakthrough of the first half before the game came alive with a flurry of goals in the second period.
Rider and Jacob Joseph stretched the Saints’ advantage before Yaxley replied, but the result was settled when Rider completed his treble late on.
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St Ives Town will provide the final opposition after they also triumphed in the Peterborough area last Sunday, beating ICA Sports 4-1 in the other last-four clash.
They took control late in the first half as a solo Harry Sargent strike provided a breakthrough which was quickly followed by a Thomas Wakley effort.
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Victory was effectively sealed just five minutes into the second period when a mis-hit shot from substitute Connor Gibbs fell perfectly for Billy Mobbs to finish.
Hosts ICA did manage a reply just before the hour, but Sargent completed the scoring in stoppage time by earning and converting a penalty.
St Neots beat St Ives in the county final in 2016/17.