September 24th, 2016

Derby date in Challenge Vase semi

A CLASH of the form sides is in store when Alcester Town host Redditch Borough in what promises to be an exciting Midland League Challenge Vase semi-final derby on Saturday.

The visitors will go into the game buoyed by a 1-0 midweek home win over Barton United which leaves them second in Division Three, just a point behind leaders Leamington Hibernian, whilst fourth placed Town continue to shine having thumped visitors Perrywood 6-0 on Saturday thanks to a brace from Nick Dance and further goals from Matt Trinder, player-manager James Robbins, Jack Banks and Jeff Henry.

Robbins, whose side have won four successive league games, said: “It seems strange contesting a semi-final having only played two games in the competition so far, but we are looking forward to it.

“The league is, of course, our priority and trying to climb into the top two is our main focus, but it would be nice to make a cup final and we will be doing all we can on Saturday to win the game.

“I used the Boldmere game in the last round as an opportunity to give two or three players, who hadn’t perhaps started as much as they would have liked, game time and changes will be made again.

“It is vitally important to keep the whole squad up to speed and fit for the league run-in. We have a strong squad, I believe in the players coming into the side and I have no qualms about making those changes.

“It is up to them to give me a selection headache for the next league game (home to Leamington Hibernian on March 26).

Trinder is cup-tied having featured for Leamington Hibernian earlier in the competition but Filippo Mannina and Henry are pushing for starts having made impressive cameos as substitutes in recent weeks.

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