Hasler and O’Loughlin secure Baston’s final date

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Baston Reserves dug out a hard fought victory against local rivals Glinton to reach their first cup final on Saturday.

Baston will now face either Holbech A or Tydd St Mary in the PFA Minor Cup final on April 24 at Chestnut Avenue, Peterborough.

The semi-final proved a scrappy affair with few chances created on a difficult playing surface.

Glinton set up to restrict Baston’s flowing football and they harried Baston into mistakes early on.

Glinton’s energy set the tone for the game with Baston failing to get their passing game going in an opening half in which both sides were restricted to speculative efforts from long range and set pieces which both defences dealt with easily.

Baston finally found space to break the deadlock in the second half. Michael Hasler made a run from right to left and was found at the back post where he lobbed the Glinton goalkeeper to score the opening goal.

This seemed to settle Baston who began to play with more fluency, forcing Glinton to chase the game.

On 60 minutes, a deep cross from James Ward on the right was handled in the area by Glinton’s centre half and Baston stalwart and playmaker Ross O’Loughlin tucked the spot kick away.

Glinton threw everything at Baston but the defence stood firm and dealt with the onslaught well until the final five minutes when Glinton pulled back what proved to be a consolation goal. Simon Ward failed to deal with a cross and Glinton’s forward smashed his shot home.

Baston held out in the final few minutes to progress to the final 2-1 winners.

Baston XI: Shaun Dennis, James Ward, Dan Flood, Scott Clay, Jacob Parkin (Jon Howard), Michael Hasler (Jamie Barney), Tim Palmer (Matt Holdup), Steve Clay (Scott Thompson), Simon Ward, Ross O’Loughlin, Craig Bullivant.