Pinchbeck Under 14s will look to complete an amazing treble when they tackle Yaxley Lynx in Sunday’s Peterborough Junior Alliance League Cup Final.
Having already secured the Under 14 Division One title in style, with 15 wins out of a possible 16, they gained revenge over the only side to have beaten them as they lifted the Lincs County Under 14 Cup on Tuesday.
Deeping Rangers Blue had come from behind to beat them 3-1 back in September but there was no way Pinchbeck were in the mood for a repeat and they ran out comfortable 5-0 winners at Carter’s Park.
They may have scored five goals but manager Symon Decamps admitted it wasn’t a five-star performance. But when you are manager of a side who have hit double-figures in almost half of their games then perhaps 5-0 does seem like a poor performance!
Once again Tapi Shahwe was in prolific form with a hat-trick as he took his tally for the season beyond the half-century mark.
The Boston youngster, of African descent, almost gave Pinchbeck the perfect start but his effort went just wide with only two minutes on the clock.
Deeping were giving as good as they got in the early stages but Pinchbeck made the breakthrough after six minutes with a trademark passing move from the back.
Clever play from manager’s son Harry Decamps saw him feed Callum Davies, who was playing out of position on the right wing, and he showed great skill to pick out Joshua Lawrence who drove into the box before slotting past the keeper.
That settled the nerves and Pinchbeck began to control the game, although Deeping continued to work hard so it was only once two further first-half goals had gone in that the result was beyond doubt.
Connor Goodfellow saw an effort tipped past the post before man-of-the-match Shahwe doubled Pinchbeck’s lead on 19 minutes when scoring at the second attempt following good work down the left by Layton Maddison.
Two minutes later Lawrence fed the towering Withers and he in turn picked out Shahwe who headed over the keeper.
With Kieran Hamilton and Ben Lawrence in the heart of the action, and Jack Brown’s pace causing problems down the left, Pinchbeck continued to impress and they could have added further goals before the break.
Deeping enjoyed their best spell of the game early in the second half and twice tested George Lilley in the Pinchbeck goal but as many teams have found this season the champions don’t concede many goals and this proved to be the keeper’s 14th clean sheet of the campaign.
Ben Lawrence went close to a wonder goal when he went on a mazy run from his own penalty area and beat four players for pace only his shoot just wide.
The fourth followed soon after when Shahwe coolly slotted home his 51st goal of the season 12 minutes into the second half and Withers completed the scoring when heading home after fine work by Goodfellow and Maddison.
It was fiting that Withers had the final say on such a great night for the club as he is one of three players remaining of the original squad from when their junior set-up was formed as an Under 9 side five years ago. The others are substitute Brandin Mahon and Lewie Harker, who was ineligible on Tuesday after missing the quarter-final and semi-final following a knee operation.
Dan Mason was also unavailable but the former Holbeach youngster will make up for that when he lines up in Sunday’s cup final at the Focus Centre in Dogsthorpe, Peterborough on Sunday (2pm).
Delighted boss Decamps said: “We owed them a beating as they are the only team we have lost to this season.
“We didn’t really play that well and we should have won by six or seven, which isn’t being rude to Deeping who never gave up. But I’d have settled for a 1-0 win beforehand so I’m certainly not complaining.
“It was a great final between two teams from the Peterborough Junior Alliance League, showing just how good the standard of the teams are in the league.
“Now we hope to complete an historic treble on Sunday. We have beaten Yaxley twice this season so hopefully we will do so again.”
Pinchbeck: George Lilley, Harry Decamps, Kieran Hamilton, Ben Lawrence, Jack Brown, Jack Withers, Connor Goodfellow, Layton Maddison, Callum Davies, Joshua Lawrence, Tapi Shahwe. Subs: Callum Clarke, Brandin Mahon.
Deeping: Oakley Culverhouse, Reece Driscoll, Will Mann, Joe Hussey, Timur Ozmen, Josh Smith, Tom Needham, Adam Keal, Reece Crane, Adam Reeve, Alec Campball. Subs: Scott Warmsley, Ryan Johnson, Ryan Cotteral.