Division 4 heavyweights set for cup face offBy Adam Lee
October 24, 2008
It’s the next stage of games in the Bracknell Sunday League Junior Cup this weekend, and there is a mouth-watering tie in store at Newbold College.
Current Division 4 leaders William Twigg Albion Res take on early division pace-setters Red Star in what promises to be a fine game.
After four wins from their first four games, Red Star looked to be a force to be reckoned with in the division.
However, with the loss of some key players, their fragile squad has been left a little exposed, and they have subsequently lost their last two games.
And perhaps the worst side they could face during this slump would be current leaders Twigg Res, who are looking unstoppable at the moment.
They have averaged six goals a game this season, and Twigg general manager Paul Denham has high hopes for the team.
“They’ve had one slip up this season when they lost 1-0 when they should have won 10-0, but other than that things are going according to plan,” he said.
“We revamped this year and both teams are still in the cups and at the top of their tables.
“They’re a great bunch of lads who train hard and are reliable.
“There’s a few dangermen in the team. Billy Morten up front is an awesome player and John Mullholland has been scoring goals too.
“Otherwise, Danny Barnes is very versatile and has been playing anywhere and everywhere, but his quality is always there to see.”
Meanwhile, Red Star boss Zvonko Gregor is licking his wounds after a bad run of results, but insists his boys will be back to their best soon.
“We had a very bad experience in the last few weeks because we lost some very good players,” insisted Gregor.
“Our team is made up of lots of students from Newbold College and they often move on to other places.
“We still have about four or five players away in Europe but they’ll be back.
“We will have some of our players back for Sunday and I have 12 or 14 players to choose from, but whatever happens, happens.
“Winning and losing is all part of football.”
And Gregor is certainly not expecting in-form Twigg to do his side any favours on Sunday.
“I know of previous William Twigg teams and they could be very rough and tough, but this team is quite young so we’ll have to see what happens,” he said.
“I’m certainly expecting a very tough game, though.
“It’s not the league it’s a cup game so although we’d like to win, if we lose we’re prepared and it’s not the end of the world.
“If we play well I don’t mind but if we play well and win I’ll be even happier.”
And despite their poor recent form, Denham will not be taking Red Star for granted.
“I think it’ll be a good game and probably the boys’ biggest challenge so far this season,” said the Twigg boss.
“They’d love to win a cup – to be honest we want to win everything we’re in otherwise what’s the point of turning up.”
Elsewhere in the Junior Cup, Division 3 high-flyers Cable & Wireless will be looking to beat higher-league opposition when they face Division 2 strugglers The Prince.
Big-scoring Keephatch Park face a tough challenge against fellow Division 3 side The Victoria Arms, while the Bridge, also in Division 3, will look to cause an upset against Division 2 side BMW.
William Twigg have the chance to extend their lead at the top of the Premier Division when they face Emmbrook Inn, while there is an early relegation battle as second-from-bottom Crowthorne take on Bracknell Royals.
Third meets fifth in Division one when Woodley Hammers take on early pace-setters The Metropolitan, while Keltar Old Boys will look to avoid a sixth-straight defeat against Sandhurst Social.
In a repeat of the 10-goal thriller from earlier this month, Loddon Valley Rangers will be wanting revenge for their 6-4 defeat when they host The Birch in Division 4.