CUP SEMI-FINAL WEEKEND

The League campaign of this seasons shoestrings sponsored Chippenham & District Sunday Football League may have been declared null & void due to the Coronavirus crisis, however this coming Sunday, May the 9th sees the semi-finals of both the AM Print & Copy sponsored Knockout Cup and the WG Parr Trophy which this season is sponsored by RP Clarke Sheds and Fencing.

In the Knockout Cup, Premier division, AFC Melksham will be massive favourites to see off what is sure to be a brave challenge from Gary Williamson’s second division Pack Horse side. The match which is to be staged at The Queen Elizabeth Jubilee Sports Field, Melksham kicks-off at 10.45am and only one of the biggest ever cup shocks will stop Dave Jenkins guiding AFC to a cup final in his first season in charge since taking over the reins from Mike Rogers.

Top flight FC Lacock and second division FC Devizes United go head-to-head in the other semi-final which is being played at Beversbrook, Calne. Although Oscar Webster’s Devizes side will be underdogs, they will have a very good chance of defeating the villagers who have Ryan Ross at the helm. The contest will be seen as a battle between the youthful Devizes side and a Lacock outfit who are packed with experienced players which should give them the advantage of making their first ever cup final which is to be played at The Lye, Seend on Sunday 16th May, with the final itself kicking off at 2.00pm.

Premier division, Bath Road who are the current RP Clarke Sheds & Fencing sponsored WG Parr Trophy holders having won the competition 2-0 back in 2019 when they defeated New Inn Wacker at Corsham Town’s Southbank Ground will be looking to retain the trophy which wasn’t competed for last term due to the season being curtailed due to Covid19.

Standing in Bath Road’s way of back-to-back final appearances are first division Lavis FC who have the players at their disposal who are good enough to give manager Aaron Latchem what would be a deserved spot in the final. Bath Road themselves have a good squad of players, but a lot will depend on which of them are available on the day, with it being for a place in the final. the smart money is on, all of them. If the tie lives up all expectations, it may go the full distance before a winner is found. The match at The Lye, Seend, kicks-off at 10.45am.

The other semi-final being played at Sands Lane, Rowde (Kick-off 10.45am) see’s second division The Castle FC host first division Old Road FC who last year reached the final prior to their chance to lift what would be a first ever piece of silverware being denied them by the Covid19 lockdown.

For the romantic, it would be great to see Old Road progress to make up for the disappointment of a year ago, however they will have to produce one of their best ever performance if they are to stop the vastly experienced Castle side who contain many former top flight players, a number of who lifted the premier division title and WG Parr Trophy in 2014, and lost in the Knockout Cup final the same season and again in 2015.

Whoever of the two sides progress to the final should be proud of their achievements, in what has been a stop-start season. Like the AM Print & Copy Knockout Cup Final, the Final of the RP Clarke Sheds & Fencing sponsored WG Parr Trophy showpiece will be held at The Lye, Seend, with a 10.45am start time.

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