GOALS flooded in as fast as Sunday’s downpour as Harborough Town Saints cruised to a 7-0 cup victory away to under-12 neighbours Borough Alliance.
Entertainment value was high despite the terrible conditions but the finishing talents on the day belonged to Saints.
They took the lead after good work from Thomas Mottley set up man of the match Matthew McCormick, and just minutes later Jack Bellamy doubled the lead.
In the second half Saints got fully into their stride and their attacking flair produced further goals through Ben Maclean, Bellamy, Thomas Mottley, Ravi Rastogi and McCormick.
For the home side Ben Woodward was a constant threat with his pace and skill, and Johnny Wall was in fine form in goal.
Kibworth/Smeeton u10s 1 Harborough Rascals u10s 7
FOUGHT out in atrocious weather conditions, this county cup tie was also won emphatically by the visiting Town team.
Taking an early lead allowed the Rascals to play confidently on a heavy pitch.
Goals came from George Di Martino (two), Neve Platt, Ollie Stevenson and John Green, who hit a match-winning hat-trick.
Kibworth 9 Loughborough Dynamo 9
KIBWORTH did, however, score cup success in the tie against Loughborough Dynamo. They started brightly and their passing in horrendous conditions paved the way for some superb goals.
Josh Moore started the rout and went on to claim a hat-trick.
The other goals came from man of the match Levi Bolger (two), Ben Newcombe, James Beech and Tom Conboy (two).
Harborough 94 u11s 9 Stoneygate 2
A FAST start saw Harborough 94 under-11s soon a goal up following a close range effort from William Woodhouse.
The same player added two more goals after good balls from midfield, then man of the match Harvey Lloyd-Williams burst through to get on the scoresheet soon after being introduced to the action.
Woodhouse increased his haul to five in the second half.
The rest of the damage was done by Herbie Lakin with two and by Lloyd-Williams.
Broughton Astley 0 Harborough 2012 u11s 1
A CONFIDENT start from the Harborough side didn’t count for much as the large pitch and saturated conditions began to take their toll.
Eventually they created a number of good scoring opportunities, with Jodi Gateley going close a number of times.
Town finally got the break-through midway through the second half with a good finish from Oli Rushton.
They continued to press forward in a bid to add to the tally but were met by some stout defending and goalkeeping.
Despite not having much to do, Harborough’s keeper remained focused and made a couple of good clearances as the home team countered.
Man of the match for Town was winger Euan Anderson.
Coalville 2 Medbourne u14s 2
A LATE double from the home side robbed dejected Medbourne of victory.
The villagers were well in control in the first half, going in front through a fine strike from Jack Benstead.
At the interval Medbourne had to use two of their substitutes, which unsettled the side, but they managed to pull further ahead through another Benstead corker.
But now the home side were getting on top, while the heavy conditions were taking their toll on the away side.
Just four minutes remained when Coalville opened their account and they secured the draw with an equaliser two minutes later.
Medbourne u13s 2 Countesthorpe Warriors 3
MEDBOURNE under-13s squandered a two-goal lead as they failed in their bid to reach the semi-finals of the cup.
The villagers took the lead through Benedict Garcia and Ollie Marlow then added their second.
Countesthorpe struck back in the second half from a free-kick and a penalty to take the tie to extra time.
Their winner came just before the interval in the added period.
Oadby Owls 8 Harborough u15s 0
A DETERMINED Harborough under-15 side met their match in the shape of a well-drilled Oadby side as they slipped to their first defeat of the season in the thick mud.
Oadby impressed from the start, putting pressure on Town in all areas.
Harborough battled to the end and several moves featuring Jamie Nicolello, Jacques Johnson and Liam Bateman almost produced replies.
Some gruelling defensive work from Elliot Dinsdale, Joel Konteh, Callum Palmer-Walsh and Charlie Price could not prevent a hefty defeat. Keeper Elliott Taylor pulled off some fine saves to minimise the defeat.
Harborough u11 Girls 0 Woodlands 10
COMMON sense and good sportsmanship prevailed for Harborough’s under-11 girls as the referee got both managers to shake hands on a 10-0 home defeat to a brilliant Woodlands side with a few minutes still to play.
This allowed the brave, soaked and shivering players from both sides to get back into the warmth of the clubhouse to thaw out over some hot chocolate.
Chloe Baines had her best game yet in defence for Town and Lizzie Clapp lifted the team with her never-say-die attitude when she came off the bench.