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Lions set up final showdown with rivals

Stamford Lions put their disappointing end to the Peterborough League campaign behind them to book their place into the Ancaster Cup final after a 3-1 win away at Deeping Rangers Reserves on Tuesday night.

Lions ended their Premier Division season with a 2-0 defeat away at Moulton Harrox on Saturday which saw the Stamford side finish the campaign with three league defeats in a row and only scoring one goal in those games.

That was in total contrast to the form they had shown during the season which has seen the club finish fourth in the Premier Division.

Deeping controlled much of the first period on Tuesday night with some excellent passing football but the Lions defended well and kept any goalscoring opportunities to a minimum.

The second half saw a shift in tempo as Lions cane out on the attack and, five minutes after the restart, Josh Collins launched in a huge throw in that was flicked on to the far post and Tom Lees guided his shot past Deeping keeper Dan Smith.

The game opened up after the first goal and both sides had chances with Tom Cardell bursting away from his marker being bought down on the edge of the box.

Micheal Webb stepped up and curled the resultant free kick into the top corner to double the Lions advantage.

Deeping didn’t let their heads drop and charged forward looking to get back into the game with Jacob Smitheringale seeing an effort well saved by Lions keeper John Swales before Tom Hutton headed over from close range as Deeping piled on the pressure.

Ben Cowles then cut in from the right and curled a shot around Swales into the top corner and Deeping were back in the game.

Both sides had half chances to score but, with little more more than 10 minutes remaining, teenager Collins raced from the Deeping defence.

His shot was palmed away by Smith but straight into the path of Jack Neath who made no mistake, finishing the chance to seal a 3-1 win and set up a much-anticipated final against local rivals Stamford Bels.

The final will take place on Monday night at Bourne Town's Abbey Lawn ground.

Michael Webb scored to help Lions reach Ancaster Cup final. (2034366)
Michael Webb scored to help Lions reach Ancaster Cup final. (2034366)

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