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Round of the action from the Peterborough League

Stamford Bels are through to the final of the Peterborough Challenge Cup for the second time in three seasons.

They thumped Division One rivals Stilton United 5-0 in Saturday's semi-final clash and now await the winners of Spalding Town's home tie with Eye United.

Bels won the competition in 2018 when they defeated Moulton Harrox Reserves in the final at Yaxley's Leading Drove ground.

Deeping United v Long Sutton Athletic A.Photo (A. GROVES PHOTOGRAPHY). (31395704)
Deeping United v Long Sutton Athletic A.Photo (A. GROVES PHOTOGRAPHY). (31395704)

And they will now have their sights set on repeating the feat after goals from Pete Conneely, Jack Corby, Luke Toomey, Alfie Winters and Josh Dowell secured Saturday's semi-final success.

Wittering Harriers saw their six-match winning streak in Division One ended after a 3-1 defeat at Moulton Harrox Reserves on Saturday.

Lee Croft scored a consolation goal for Harriers from Grant Tippett’s assist after they had found themselves three goals down.

Harrox hit two goals in as many minutes during the first half and then added a third just before the break.

King's Cliffe claimed a point from their trip to Whittlesey Athletic Reserves as Alexandru Petre netted twice in the 2-2 draw.

Stamford Bels Reserves and Rippingale & Folkingham shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw in their Division Two tussle. Sam Ford fired the goal for Bels.

Wittering Reserves were also held to a 1-1 draw against Tydd's second string in Division Three.

King's Cliffe Reserves went down to a narrow 2-1 home defeat against Cardea in Division Four with Alex Clarke scoring their goal.

Deeping United suffered their first defeat of the Division Five A season after a 3-2 home reversal against a strengthened Long Sutton A side.

Deeping United v Long Sutton Athletic A.Photo (A. GROVES PHOTOGRAPHY). (31395699)
Deeping United v Long Sutton Athletic A.Photo (A. GROVES PHOTOGRAPHY). (31395699)

Joint first team top goalscorer Jake Clitheroe bagged a brace for the Magpies while highly-rated Premier Division goalkeeper Adam Groves pulled off a string of superb saves to thwart United.

United co-manager Ian Abbott commented: “We knew that they were going to play some of their better players when the first team game got called off.

“It’s something we’ve got to accept. They’re doing what they think is best for their football club which they’re more than entitled to do.

“We’re hoping to have a reserve side next season and, if our first team don’t have a game on a particular day, then it’s something we’ll probably do.

“Fair play to them for picking the right two first team players to select. Jake’s scored two of the goals while the goalkeeper has made three outstanding saves which came a crucial times.”

United started slowly on the 3G pitch at Borderville in Stamford and fell behind when they were caught on the break from their own corner as Sutton cleared.

Clitheroe collected the loose ball and burst forward before firing in a shot which was parried by home goalkeeper Nick Merryweather for Joe Harrison to tap home the rebound.

United rallied and had the better of the rest of the half to get back on level terms when the lively Steve Jucikas set up Nathan Smith to equalise.

Ryan Ellwood then gave Deeping the lead before the break as he beat his full-back before cutting inside and rifling home into the roof of the net from an acute angle.

Deeping United v Long Sutton Athletic A.Photo (A. GROVES PHOTOGRAPHY). (31395707)
Deeping United v Long Sutton Athletic A.Photo (A. GROVES PHOTOGRAPHY). (31395707)

Deeping continued their dominance after the break but were prevented from extending their lead by the outstanding Groves.

He produced a fantastic save to claw away an Ellwood shot that was destined for the top corner before impressing again to thwart Jucikas in spectacular fashion.

These stops were to prove crucial as Clitheroe brought Sutton level before punishing another Deeping defensive mistake to put the visitors ahead.

Smith, who had a fine game for the home side, then came close to preserving Deeping’s unbeaten record with a couple of late efforts, one of which hit the post with a header before firing another narrowly wide.

There appears to be no stopping unbeaten Rippingale & Folkingham Reserves in Division Five B after they recorded a sixth successive win with a 4-2 home success over Dreams.

Jonothan Overton scored twice for Rippingale with Sam Cope and an own goal completing their tally.

Stamford Lions A are hot on their heels in second spot after completing a hat-trick of wins with a 5-4 home victory against Sutton Bridge.

Luke Burt bagged a brace for Lions with Sean Edwards, Lawrence Stewart and Jonnie Harrison also on target.

Division Four side Casterton's run to the fourth round of the Peterborough League Cup was ended after a 5-2 home defeat against Oundle Town.

Reece Berry and Ryan Brown were the Casterton marksmen with Ed Thorpe (2), Jamie Graham, Ben Lockley and Conor Murphy scoring for the Division One side.

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