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Burwell Tigers overcome Ely Crusaders to win the Cambridge & District Colts League Cup

Manager Alan Sutton has praised the character his Burwell Tigers Under-17s side showed to lift the Cambridge & District Colts League Cup on Sunday.

Holding a 3-1 lead over Ely Crusaders with just four minutes left to play at the Cambridge Stadium, it appeared that the Tigers were heading for a routine victory in the final.

However, Ely scored twice before the final whistle to force extra-time, but rather than lick their wounds Burwell regrouped and went again, scoring three unanswered goals to win their first ever final 6-3.

Burwell Tigers U17s celebrate cup win (10281730)
Burwell Tigers U17s celebrate cup win (10281730)

“To have a game snatched away from you like that is really tough to take,” said Sutton.

“The team had to raise themselves again, which they did fantastically.

“We have played well so many times down the years and won leagues, but to play in a cup final in front of a big crowd and to win is great feeling.

“It is deserved because the lads have worked so hard throughout the season.”

Thomas Wakley scored a hat-trick for the Tigers, while Araan Derakhshan and Joe Baldwin also netted.

The Tigers’ other goal came courtesy of a popular source in Theo Hunt, who had not long returned to the squad following a lengthy lay-off with a broken and dislocated ankle that he suffered on the opening day of the season.

Meanwhile, the Crusaders’ goals on the day were scored by William Fox, Jake Garner and Joseph Lacey.

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