Giant-killing Saints claim place in final

Darren Rawthorn celebrates the opening goal for Tydd St Mary. Photo by Tim Wilson
Darren Rawthorn celebrates the opening goal for Tydd St Mary. Photo by Tim Wilson
  • Spalding Inter Services Cup semi-finals
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Tydd St Mary’s giant-killing act booked a place in the Spalding Inter Services Cup final.

The third division side won 2-0 at Division One’s Long Sutton Athletic in the A1101 derby.

Tydd started the brighter with good attacking play and when Darren Rawthorn was chopped down on the right, just inside the Sutton half on eight minutes, there seemed little danger for the Magpies.

However, up stepped Stu Easey to deliver a delightful ball into the Sutton box, Scott Pemberton flicked it on and there was Rawthorn to volley in from four yards out to make it 1-0.

Both sides had chances during the rest of the half with Tim Lowe going close and Long Sutton hitting the post but it was the Saints who went in at the break deservedly in front.

Midway through the second half Tydd began to sit quite deep and keeper David Cooper did well to get his fingertips to Matt Cawthorne’s free-kick.

Cawthorne hit the bar five minutes later and it was not to be Sutton’s afternoon.

As the game went on Tydd regained control and in the last two minutes they sealed victory when a clever short corner between Nick Ainslie and Nicholas Reims caught out the Magpies defence and Reims danced into the box to score Tydd’s second goal.

Tydd who will now face Spalding Town in the final at Carter’s Park in April.

They meet on Saturday in the ChromaSport & Trophies Intermediate Shield semi-final at the Castle Sports Complex in Spalding with a 1.30pm kick-off.

Spalding Town knocked out Sutton Bridge United in their Inter Services Cup semi-final thanks to Markus Parry’s first-half goal.

The home side had red cards for Barry Osborn and substitute Kieren Lally.