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Deeping United are through to the Peterborough Minor Cup final after beating Sawtry

Deeping United produced one of their best-ever performances to secure their first cup final appearance on Saturday.

Ryan Ellwood netted twice as United defeated old adversaries Sawtry in the semi-final of the Peterborough Minor Cup.

They will now face Huntingdon Town's Development side in the final on Saturday at the Nene Valley Community Centre in Peterborough (10am kick-off).

Nathan Smith and tow-goal Ryan Ellwood celebrate. Photo: Jessica Hall (48213232)
Nathan Smith and tow-goal Ryan Ellwood celebrate. Photo: Jessica Hall (48213232)

And co-bosses Ian Abbott and Mark Wyer will be hoping for more of the same from their charges after Saturday's accomplished performance that delighted the management duo as they avenged an earlier group loss against Sawtry.

Wyer said: "Our preparation was really good. We were well organised and had been planning all week what we wanted to do.

"We made a few positional changes to make sure that we were right tactically which helped us kill the game."

It was the clinical finishing of Ellwood that gave United the initiative after 26 minutes of the opening period as he collected Daryn Whiteman's lay-off before firing home a low shot from outside the area into the home net.

United contined to create the better chances throughout the rest of the game with Steve Jucikas going close after a fine individual run which ended with him chipping his shot over both the goalkeeper and crossbar.

With Josh Raven again impressing for United in their defensive ranks, they were able to quell Sawtry's attacking threat despite the hosts' inclusion of prolific former Peterborough Northern Star frontman Craig Smith as Deeping kept a fifth successive clean sheet.

Deeping United celebrate doubling their lead. Photo: Jessica Hall (48213281)
Deeping United celebrate doubling their lead. Photo: Jessica Hall (48213281)

The success was eventually sealed with 10 minutes remaining when Matty Gunns teed up Ellwood who whipped in a first-time shot that flew into the home net to spark joyous celebrations in the Deeping camp.

Co-boss Abbott added: "We had prepared like it was our final because we knew it was going to be a tough game and tactically we got it right.

"We defended really well and Josh was absolutely brilliant for us. Every single one of our players was an eight or nine out of 10.

"We were up for it, the attitudes were great and it was our best preparation of the season.

"We took the game very seriously and the lads absolutely nailed it. I couldn't fault them and it was one of our best-ever performances."

Saturday's cup final is an all-ticket match due to the Covid-19 restrictions and bookings can be made by visiting www.ticketsource.co.uk/peterborough-district-football-league

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