19th Dec, 2018

Lord's dream a game away for Astwood Bank

ASTWOOD Bank are just one game away from gracing the turf at Lord’s as they prepare to take on reigning National Village Cup champions Sessay on Sunday.

The Birmingham League Division Three side welcome the North Yorkshire outfit to Sambourne Lane knowing victory will pit them against either Reed (Hertfordshire) or Aston Rowant (Oxfordshire) who contest the other semi-final.

Nearly 300 teams got their road to Lord’s under way in April and Bank are so close they have passed St John’s Wood Station and are at the Warm Seas House with Old Father Time in view.

With more than 1,000 people expected to turn out as well as a live radio broadcast, club spokesman Jason Adams says the club is geared up for what will be a special afternoon.

“There is a lot of excitement around the club right now,” he said.

“Sessay are going to be really tough as they have got plenty of experience.

“They are going to be the hardest test we have had this year and we will have to perform to beat them.

“It would be an incredible achievement to get to Lord’s and it would be quite fitting especially with all the work we have had done on the clubhouse.

“Regardless of the result though, it is going to be a brilliant day.”

It will not be the first team Bank have played at Lord’s in the Village Cup final, having recently played their in 2003 and back in the early 1990s.

Interestingly Peter Alexander, Alex Robinson and Paul Daws, all of whom featured in the final 14 years ago, will be involved this weekend.

Anyone who can’t make it to the game can listen to it online at www.livesportsfm.co.uk.

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