Northampton Knock Out Cup
U17s: Rugby Town 11
Hayford Athletic 0
Rugby Town U17s rounded off the perfect season, by winning the Northampton Knock-out Cup final in style.
The game was played at Sixfields, the home of Northampton Town FC, and it was possibly the best performance by any team playing there this season.
Rugby fielded a really strong team, one that had recently won the Birmingham FA county cup.
They loved Northampton’s wide pitch, and immediately started playing some great passing football.
The first goal came from a Harry Pawsey corner and was headed home by Dale Harris. Pawsey then provided another corner for Mitch Boe to score. Pawsey then provided the perfect pass for what became the Nic Evangelinos show with his first goal of five, which brought his tally for the season to an incredible 69.
Harris flicked on a ball for Evangelinos to grab a second, and Town kept up the relentless pressure on Hayford who soon gave away a silly penalty.
Evangelinos stepped up again to complete his hat-trick, but Nic did not stop there and minutes later Elliot Hull whipped in a terrific cross from a Harris through ball to set Evangelinos up for his fourth.
Nic then rounded off a crazy half hour, with some individual tricks and flicks forcing the Hayford keeper into a goal bound error.
All of this came before half time. But Town still had time for one more when Harris fed the ball through to Pawsey, who crossed in from the right and Corey Bains smashed the ball in from 20 yards out for 8-0 at half time.
This was as good a half as Rugby have played all season, in any game or competition.
The second half saw five substitutes bought on over a 15 minute period.
This did break up the game and with Hayford also making changes the game became very stop, start.
The football did not flow as well and the near 80-degree heat certainly played its part. But Town then swapped tactics and began to use the left wing more, bringing Shame Osborne into the game.
Osborne used his strength and speed to his full advantage, and grabbed himself a good goal.
It also brought Elliot Hull more into the game from the centre of the pitch, and Hull then grabbed his own goal by curling one in off the post. Town then rounded off with a hard and low shot from the pacy Shaun Smith.
To win 11-0 in the final of any cup is a fantastic achievement by any standard.
The U17s roll of honour this season…
n Birmingham FA County Cup Winners.
n Northampton ‘A’ League Champions.
n Northampton Knock-out Cup winners.
n Northampton Plate Champions.
n 37 games, 37 wins, 22 clean sheets, 244 goals.