Wednesday do the double in debut season
Thumping 7-0 win clinches Junior Cup for Hackney Wednesday after team wrapped up the Camden Sunday League Division Two title
12 April, 2018 — By Steve Barnett
Hackney Wednesday celebrate their Junior Cup triumph
PLAYERS from Hackney Wednesday were in seventh heaven after scoring a delightful double in the Camden Sunday League.
Ruthless goal-getter Martyn Davies scored four, while manager and captain Rob Lupton netted his first hat-trick for the club as Wednesday thumped Enate United 7-0 to win the Junior Cup, which will sit nicely alongside the Division Two title in their trophy cabinet.
“We’ve really enjoyed our debut season in the Camden Sunday League,” beamed Lupton after the game. “It’s run by some great people who make it as easy as possible for us to just go out and play on a Sunday morning.”
It was midfielder Lupton who opened the scoring with a composed finish after Matt Stevens stole the ball in the middle of the pitch and released the Hackney Wednesday skipper.
It was 2-0 at the break after right-back Dan Hodkinson found Davies with a cross-field pass on the wet, zippy surface. Davies quickly latched on to the ball behind the last line of defence before expertly lifting it over the on-rushing goalkeeper.
Hackney Wednesday’s Martyn Davies and Rob Lupton
Within minutes of the restart it was 3-0 as Davies nipped in ahead of his marker to head the ball in from an acute angle.
A mix-up at the back then allowed Lupton to intercept the ball and slide Davies in to complete his hat-trick with a clinical left-footed finish.
The goals kept coming for Wednesday, with Dan Crockett playing Joe Benjamin in down the right, who unselfishly squared the ball back across goal for Davies to tap in from five yards.
Lupton then secured his hat-trick with a quick-fire double – his second goal a cheeky dink over the keeper, and the third a neat volley into the bottom left-hand corner.
With four goals and two assists to his name, there was little doubt who the man of the match was. But, in truth, it was just another day at the office for Davies, who has now scored 44 goals in all competitions.
“I’m a striker, so I should score, but to get four very different kinds of goals in a cup final win, as part of a great counter-attacking team performance, is extra special,” he said. “We were very clinical today with quality all round the pitch, which was the main difference between the teams.”
This Sunday Badu Sports FC will face The Hurricanes in the Senior Cup final.