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Wittering Premiair defeat Eye United to top their group in the Peterborough Senior Cup competition




Wittering Premiair secured top spot in Group B of the Peterborough Senior Cup competition after overturning a two-goal deficit to beat Eye United on Saturday.

Sam Cayley's side battled back to secure the victory against their Premier Division hosts to ensure an unbeaten finish to their group campaign.

After snatching a share of the spoils in last weekend's draw at Cardea, Wittering again made a slow start to the contest.

Wittering Premiair's B team suffered a narrow home defeat against Huntingdon Town's development side. Photo: Alan Walters
Wittering Premiair's B team suffered a narrow home defeat against Huntingdon Town's development side. Photo: Alan Walters

Eye dominated the early exchanges without seriously testing stand-in Harriers goalkeeper James Savage.

However, when Wittering conceded a sloppy free-kick by the touchline, an impressive setpiece was whipped in and deflected into the Harriers' net off Jamie McFee after just 10 minutes.

Eye continued to looked positive in possession and they doubled their lead when a dangerous delivery from a corner was misjudged by Savage who turned the wind-assisted setpiece into his own net.

That was the wake-up call that Wittering needed and they started to get the ball down and played some fast paced football which finally tested the Eye rearguard.

They halved the deficit when Lee Croft placed a wide pass to Andrew Moss who drove at the Eye defence and beat three players before powering home a fine finish into the far corner.

Wittering continued to hold the initiative with their midfield trio of skipper Grant Tippett, Steve Snelling and Luke Smith working tirelessly.

Wittering Premiair's B team suffered a narrow home defeat against Huntingdon Town's development side. Photo: Alan Walters
Wittering Premiair's B team suffered a narrow home defeat against Huntingdon Town's development side. Photo: Alan Walters

They got back on level terms just before the break when Moss was brought down by the Eye goalkeeper after latching onto a through ball and Croft stepped up to convert the resultant spot kick which squirmed into the home net.

The second half was a fast paced contest as the Wittering back four stood their ground against an onslaught of Eye attacks.

Savage made two fantastic saves to keep Harriers on level terms before they capped their comeback in style with the winning goal.

Simon Farrow's throw-in found Croft who played a delightful reverse pass into Moss who took three touches and calmly guided the ball into the bottom left corner.

Wittering were then able to see the game out to seal pole position in their group and a likely clash with fellow Division One side Eunice Huntingdon in the last eight.

Manager Cayley said: "We came into the game knowing the boys only needed a draw to top the group but knew that we had to dig in with a couple of lads away and injuries.

Wittering Premiair's B team suffered a narrow home defeat against Huntingdon Town's development side. Photo: Alan Walters
Wittering Premiair's B team suffered a narrow home defeat against Huntingdon Town's development side. Photo: Alan Walters

"The weather was horrendous and we played into the wind in the first half and conceded two soft goals which both were wind-assisted.

"We then started to play some lovely stuff and the ball was moved around quicker which made gaps.

"Mossy's first goal was a fantastic solo run which gave the boys the momentum we needed to come back.

"Eye had a lot of the ball in the second half and we dropped deep while James Savage in goal made a fantastic one-on-one save.

"The winning goal came from a fantastic effort from everyone and overall I think the boys deserved the result against another quality Premier Division side.

"We now go into the knock-out stages unbeaten which the boys have deserved. They have dug in against some good sides and showed how solid we have been."

Wittering Premiair A boosted their hopes of a top two finish in Group B of the Peterborough Junior Cup after a 5-4 home success over Orton Rangers.

The Harriers' reserve side also hit five goals in their away success at Weldon United in Group C while their B team were edged out by a solitary strike in their home clash with Huntingdon Town Development in Group B of the Peterborough Minor Cup.



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