HARBOROUGH Town’s reserves halted their losing run with a stunning 5-0 defeat of Raunds.
After the first 15 minutes Harborough dominated, particularly through midfield pairing Gary Owen and Tom Hillier.
The team linked well on the right flank with young full-back Jonny Nye having his best game of the season and Brent Steed outstanding in midfield.
And it was Nye and Steed who created the first half goals.
Nye’s storming run enabled debutant Rob Goodman to open the scoring, and the same player made it 2-0 after the keeper dropped a searching cross from Steed.
This took the pressure off, and Harborough were able to keep the same intensity after the break. The game was put beyond doubt on 63 minutes with a powerful shot by Steed.
Two more goals in the closing minutes came from another debutant, 17-year-old James Blackwell.
Despite the wonderful play of the front six, Harborough’s defence was also outstanding, with Nye, Matt Oakley, Ross Braham and James Taylor all having solid games, leaving keeper Glen Giles to collect the odd cross.
Harborough Town Imps 3 Stanwick Res 2
HARBOROUGH’S third string side deservedly won this semi-final against a side higher in the table.
Chances were at a premium in a tight first half, but Town took the lead after the restart through 18-year-old left back Braden Bell, then teenage winger Tom King burst through to make it two.
But a moment’s defensive hesitation allowed the visitors to pull a goal back, and soon they were level after a cross-cum-shot
The tie went to extra time and Harborough’s young side had the legs to see the job through, with pacy winger Reno De Marco scoring to retake the lead.
Town’s Joe Wright missed a penalty but in the end that didn’t matter. Imps deservedly came through to reach a cup final in only their second season.
The Wheel 0 Harborough Hotshots 9
FOUR goals from Sam Evans, a brace from Jamie Savage and strikes from Dan Thomas, Grant McCarthy and Steve Powell saw a rampant Hotshots make it six wins on the spin.
The emphatic run is piling pressure on league leaders NPE.
Evans’ latest haul enhances his chances of taking the league’s golden boot award.
Hotshots probably should have added more but they will be more than pleased with the final outcome and the points that all but assure their promotion.
MDH Knights 2 NRI 2
FOLLOWING the previous week’s cup quarter-final victory, Knights welcomed league leaders NRI and took a deserved point
They controlled the early exchanges with the pace of Sim Thomas and Lee Stevens.
Thomas’s opening goal was quickly cancelled out.
NRI went ahead in the second half but with time running out Lee Stevens reacted first after the visiting keeper spilled the ball and tapped in the equaliser, leaving Knights unbeaten in the league since the beginning of November.
Lee Perry was outstanding at the back and keeper Aaron Coleman made some fine stops.
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