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JW Hunt Cup triumph would top a perfect season says Long

Liam Moakes 23rd May, 2017 Updated: 23rd May, 2017

IAN LONG admits the JW Hunt Cup was the lowest priority when Alvechurch’s season started, but tonight (Tuesday) it provides the biggest game of their historic season.

Having rewritten the history books to become Midland League Premier Division champions and Polymac Packaging League Cup winners, the Churchmen chase a record-breaking treble when they face Wednesfield in the JW Hunt Cup final at Molineux (7.30pm).

Manager Long and several of the Church players have tasted success in the competition with Tividale and they will look to bring down the curtain in memorable style in another showpiece finale at the home of Wolves.

“The JW Hunt Cup was the lowest of the priorities at the start of the season,” said Long. “The league was No 1 and I’m so proud of the players that we have won the title.

“But now the JW Hunt Cup is the No 1 target because it gives us the chance to complete the treble. That would be an amazing way to end the season.”

Alvechurch will be favourites against the West Midlands League Division One side but Wednesfield dumped out Highgate United and Long will not underestimate the Wolverhampton-based side.

He watched them win the Birmingham Vase, defeating Coton Green, and said: “They are a tidy side, with some very good technical players.

“They have had a good season, they will have plenty of confidence and they will cause us problems. We have got to perform at our best.”

Long will utilise the Lye Meadow squad and, having made a raft of changes for the JW Hunt semi-final win against Sporting Khalsa, he will field a similar team.

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