David Burton-Jones almost didn’t play in the last final of the local season after hurting his shoulder shining his car.
But the Deeping maestro was still fit enough to polish off Hampton Sports in the Peterborough Sunday Morning League showpiece clash to ensure Athletic retained the trophy.
Burton-Jones started and finished the march to victory at the Riverside Pavilion as they worked up a thirst that was well and truly quenched during their celebrations at The White Horse.
Deeping boss Simon Dethick said: “You can’t beat winning a cup with a team full of mates - this is what Sunday football should be about.
“It was squeaky bum time for a little while in the second half when Hampton got level, but we thoroughly deserved to win it.”
Deeping suffered a pre-match blow when goalkeeper Robbie Virgin cried off with food poisoning. Outfield substitute Matt Atkins donned the gloves but was rarely tested.
Burton-Jones blasted Deeping ahead midway through the opening period but Hampton hit back when Gary Gibbs’ deflected drive flummoxed Atkins soon after the restart.
It remained level until the final quarter-of-an-hour when Deeping regained the lead in stunning style thanks to a fine lob from Ben Porter who seized on a punch from Hampton keeper Lea Jordan and returned the ball over a packed penalty area and into the net with all the aplomb of a Luke Donald sand wedge.
And when Burton-Jones bagged his second a few minutes later following a Tom Smith free-kick, Deeping were home and hosed.
There was still time for him to see a penalty saved while his other attempts to complete a hat-trick troubled everything from nearby allotments holders to light aircraft.
Deeping: Matt Atkins, Matt Simpson, Tom Smith, Richard Jones, Matt Porter, David Burton Jones, Calum Parker, Jacob Smitheringale, Ben Porter, Liam Buttery, Carl Griffiths, Anthony Graves, Ryan Bird, Robbie Virgin.