AFC Melksham and FC Devizes United will contest this season’s A M Print & Copy sponsored Knockout Cup Final following semi-final victories over respective opponents Pack Horse FC and FC Lacock.
Dave Jenkins who is in his first season as Melksham manager will be have been happy to have avoided a potential banana skin after booking their place in next Sunday’s final with a nail-biting 3-2 triumph over Gary Williamson’s Pack Horse outfit who it has to be said went into the contest at Bowerhill as massive underdogs.
Cup favourites, Melksham who suffered a 2-0 loss to Box Rovers in the 2019 final looked to be coasting to victory as they 2-0 up in the opening 15 minutes as Joe Maloney gave them the lead on 9 minutes and Jordan Kick doubled the advantage 5 minutes later. Pack Horse may have been down, but they weren’t out of the game as after threatening to reduce the arrears, Josh Madle finally unlocked the Melksham defence on 33 minutes and a few minutes later it was game on as Emilio Mudrak planted home to restore parity at 2-apiece.
The next goal was always going to be important and it arrived 3 minutes into the second half, with Ryan Baggs tapping home what proved to be the Melksham winner.
FC Devizes United 2 FC Lacock 0
In what would have been a repeat last terms semi-final had Covid19 not interrupted the campaign, second division FC Devizes United entertained top flight opponents FC Lacock at Beversbrook. In a match that had been billed as youth verses experience, it was the youngsters of Devizes who came out on top, winning 2-0 against a Lacock side who were missing a few players, but in truth never got up for the game, that’s taking nothing away from Andrew Webster’s side who were deserved winners.
Devizes who could have been 4-0 up in the opening 20 minutes, failed to take any of their many chances before Jamie Walters gave them a 1-0 advantage at the break. Gabe Costello’s second half strike made the result safe and it makes for what promises to be a thrilling final next Sunday.
The Lye, Seend will stage what promises to be a thrilling Final next Sunday afternoon (2.00pm Kick-Off) between what on paper are two very good teams, FC Devizes United may start the game against their top flight opponents AFC Melksham as slight underdogs, but have every chance of finishing the day as top dogs.