Blistering start sets Stamford side on the road to victory
Stamford Lions made a dream start to 2019 by progressing into the semi-final of the Peterborough Senior Cup with a comfortable 5-0 win away at Peterborough Polonia.
Lions flew out of the traps against their Premier Division rivals and only an excellent save prevented Tom Edwards opening the scoring within the first minute.
Luke Gove then went close with a header before Dan Aust raced to the byline and cut the ball back for Jake Showler who arrowed his shot into the bottom corner with five minutes played.
Polonia were struggling to keep the Lions at bay as the Stamford side had set off at a blistering pace.
Rob Dunn made it 2-0 within the opening 10 minutes when he fired a shot into the top corner.
Edwards then crashed an effort against the post before Haydn Rice was denied by another good save from the busy Polonia keeper.
As the first half wore on the Stamford side grew a little frustrated with their inability to extend their lead as several good chances went begging.
This frustration was soon ended four minutes into the second half when Rice powered home a header from a Dunn Cross.
Aust continued to attack down the left and, with an hour played, he raced past the home defence before beating the keeper with an exquisite chip shot that lifted up and into the net.
Edwards completed the scoring from the penalty spot as he rifled the spot kick into the bottom corner to seal a 5-0 win and send the Lions into the last four.
Manager James Sheehan commented: “It was a good win.
“Cup football can sometimes throw up some surprises and we didn’t want to take anything for granted.
“The early goals allowed us to relax and prevented Polonia making a scrap of the game. We’re delighted to be in the semi-final and I’m very pleased with our current form,
“We’ve got Ketton next and then Moulton Harrox away which are two exciting games to look forward to.
“If we can keep up the hard work we are hoping to make 2019 a good year for the club.”