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Wittering Premiair have been promoted to the Premier Division of the Peterborough League and are also through to the semi-finals of the Senior Cup




Wittering Premiair have had double cause for celebration.

The Harriers have been promoted into the Premier Division of the Peterborough League for the first time in their history following the release of the allocations.

They then secured their place in the semi-finals of the Peterborough Senior Cup after a hard-fought 4-2 victory over Eunice Huntingdon at the weekend.

Wittering Premiair defeated Eunice Huntingdon in the Peterborough Senior Cup clash. Photo: Alan Walters (47612242)
Wittering Premiair defeated Eunice Huntingdon in the Peterborough Senior Cup clash. Photo: Alan Walters (47612242)

Andrew Moss hit a hat-trick for the Harriers with Lee Croft also on target after a performance which delighted manager Sam Cayley.

Cayley said: "After the news that we would be playing in the Premier Division next season for the first time in the club's history, the lads were buzzing on Saturday and not much was needed to be said to get the boys up for the game.

"Overall it was a massive result for the club to get to the semi-finals and I am proud of everyone of the boys who played as they put a proper shift in against a solid side."

Both sides started very positively and created early chances with both keepers pulling off some fantastic saves.

Wittering broke the deadlock first when an Ash Middleton cross was fumbled out and on to the in-form Moss who fired home from close range.

This boosted Wittering's spirits and they started to play some outstanding football with the middle three of Grant Tippett, Stephen Snelling and Luke Smith controlling the game and dictating the play.

Wittering Premiair defeated Eunice Huntingdon in the Peterborough Senior Cup clash. Photo: Alan Walters (47612186)
Wittering Premiair defeated Eunice Huntingdon in the Peterborough Senior Cup clash. Photo: Alan Walters (47612186)

They then doubled their lead when Jamie McFee picked the ball up in his own half and clipped a perfectly-weighted pass over the Eunice back line which Moss run onto and rounded two players before firing home.

However, Eunice managed to sneak a goal back on the stroke of half-time from a poorly dealt with through ball to give the away side a glimmer of hope.

Wittering started the second half on top and again tested the Eunice keeper without adding to their tally.

They had a great chance to score their third when Jack Travers picked the ball up wide and drove into the Eunice box only to be brought down, giving the referee no choice but to point to the spot.

James Savage stepped up on his return to penalty duties, but a good save from the keeper prevented Wittering from going 3-1 up.

This instantly gave Eunice a spur and five minutes later they managed to find an equaliser which was the only shot they had on target in the second half.

Wittering Premiair defeated Eunice Huntingdon in the Peterborough Senior Cup clash. Photo: Alan Walters (47612218)
Wittering Premiair defeated Eunice Huntingdon in the Peterborough Senior Cup clash. Photo: Alan Walters (47612218)

Wittering rallied again and, with 10 minutes remaining, Tippett played an outstanding ball to find Moss only for his shot to be well parried by the Eunice keeper.

Croft was first to react though and he slotted the ball home to give Wittering the lead in what could his last game in Harriers colours.

Wittering didn't stop there though and nor did the deadly duo of Croft and Moss who combined again late on.

Croft found the feet of Moss who sealed the deal with his hat-trick and most importantly the comfort gap that secured the victory for Harriers who will now face either Moulton Harrox or Eye United in last four.

Boss Cayley commented: "We started well against a physical and well-drilled Eunice side.

"We looked in control in the first half, but Paul Greenhalgh once again made two class saves to keep us in the lead.

"It was a little disappointing to concede the goal the way we did before half-time but the lads battled hard.

"We came out in the second half knowing that the next goal was massive. The game was played mainly in their half and missing the penalty was a key moment and gave Eunice some spirit.

"We kept on doing what we were doing though and the boys worked hard off the ball and this paid off with Moss and Croft showing their class."



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