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March Town end long wait for silverware with Hinchingbrooke Cup victory over Blackstones





March Town won the Hinchingbrooke Cup – their first trophy in 37 years – with a 3-1 victory over Blackstones on Tuesday night.

The club's long wait for a trophy was ended thanks to two goals from Matt Foy and a third goal from Ben Seymour-Shove at Yaxley’s Toojays Stadium.

The success handed the club their first piece of silverware since lifting the Eastern Counties League title back in 1987-88 as the Hares put their United Counties Premier Division South play-off heartache behind them.

March (Blue) v Blackstones (Green and Black) in the final of the Hinchingbrooke Cup. March celebrate winning the cup
March (Blue) v Blackstones (Green and Black) in the final of the Hinchingbrooke Cup. March celebrate winning the cup

It was the March's ruthless streak in front of goal that proved the difference against their United Counties League Division One opponents.

Stones had claimed a hat-trick of higher-level scalps en-route to reaching the final and created enough chances to have caused another upset.

They could have been two goals to the good inside the opening 10 minutes but for fine saves from March goalkeeper Josh Pope.

He produced a superb reaction save to deny Dami Agboola at point-blank range before denying Nathan Rudman when the Blackstones striker found himself with just Pope to beat.

Alfie Ferguson also fired another decent chance narrowly wide before March showed how it was done in the 19th minute.

A back post corner picked out Matt Foy who rose highest to head home the opening goal.

That didn't seem to knock Stones out of their stride though as they continued to carve out some good openings.

Rudman rounded Pope but couldn't force the ball home from a tight angle as March scrambled back to clear the rebound.

Ferguson saw another shot saved by Pope after a driving run from Harry Peasgood before Ben Seymour-Shove went close for the Hares after a smart turn and shot that drifted just wide of the far post as the Hares held their advantage at the break.

Stones came out for the second period determined to get back into the contest and took just four minutes to level as Agboola raced clear before firing past Pope.

The Stamford side continued to offer the greater threat with Peasgood heading just wide from a corner and a sweet strike from Will Bestwick bringing another smart stop out of Pope.

The Hares then had a let-off when Jack Withers escaped a second caution after scything down Bestwick just moments after he had been booked for kicking the ball away.

The fact that he was substituted at the next available opportunity showed that the March management weren't prepared for him to walk the disciplinary tightrope for much longer.

And, shortly after Withers' departure, March took the lead for the second time in the game in the 67th minute.

A well-struck cross from Josh Burrows wasn't dealt with sufficiently by Blackstones goalkeeper Simon Dalton who could only turn the ball into the path of Seymour-Shove who gratefully rifled home the rebound.

Dalton did well to deny Foy at close range shortly after but the next duel between the duo ended firmly in the March man's favour to settle the contest.

Foy unleashed a 76th-minute shot from just outside the area which somehow eluded the grasp of the Blackstones goalkeeper before nestling in the back of the net.

There was no way back for Stones after that third goal as March controlled the rest of the contest to end their season with something to show for their efforts.

March Town: Pope, Bucciero, Saunders, Brumby, Emmington, Withers, Burrows, Green, Gillies, Foy, Seymour-Shove. Subs: Rider, Edwards, Carolan, Cavozzi, Biggs.

March (Blue) v Blackstones (Green and Black) in the final of the Hinchingbrooke Cup. March celebrate winning the cup
March (Blue) v Blackstones (Green and Black) in the final of the Hinchingbrooke Cup. March celebrate winning the cup
March (Blue) v Blackstones (Green and Black) in the final of the Hinchingbrooke Cup. March celebrate winning the cup
March (Blue) v Blackstones (Green and Black) in the final of the Hinchingbrooke Cup. March celebrate winning the cup
March (Blue) v Blackstones (Green and Black) in the final of the Hinchingbrooke Cup. March celebrate winning the cup
March (Blue) v Blackstones (Green and Black) in the final of the Hinchingbrooke Cup. March celebrate winning the cup
March (Blue) v Blackstones (Green and Black) in the final of the Hinchingbrooke Cup. March celebrate winning the cup
March (Blue) v Blackstones (Green and Black) in the final of the Hinchingbrooke Cup. March celebrate winning the cup
March (Blue) v Blackstones (Green and Black) in the final of the Hinchingbrooke Cup. Matt Foy celebrating his second goal of the evening to extend March's lead to 3-1
March (Blue) v Blackstones (Green and Black) in the final of the Hinchingbrooke Cup. Matt Foy celebrating his second goal of the evening to extend March's lead to 3-1
March (Blue) v Blackstones (Green and Black) in the final of the Hinchingbrooke Cup. Ben Seymour-Shove celebrating March's second goal
March (Blue) v Blackstones (Green and Black) in the final of the Hinchingbrooke Cup. Ben Seymour-Shove celebrating March's second goal
March (Blue) v Blackstones (Green and Black) in the final of the Hinchingbrooke Cup. Matt Foy's celebrating his second goal of the evening to extend March's lead to 3-1
March (Blue) v Blackstones (Green and Black) in the final of the Hinchingbrooke Cup. Matt Foy's celebrating his second goal of the evening to extend March's lead to 3-1

Full reaction and more pictures from March Town’s success will be online later today.



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