Bracknell Sunday League side aim for county cup final
March 13, 2009
Royal Oak FC are flying the flag for the Bracknell Town & District Sunday League this weekend when they play for a place in the Berks & Bucks Junior Trophy final.
Oak face Milton Keynes Sunday League side Water Eaton Youth FC in the semi-final at St Crispins on Sunday morning (kick off 1030am) looking for a rare final spot for a Bracknell side in the county cup.
The season so far has been a fruitful one for Royal Oak.
After signing some new players and ditching their old club name, Leaders.co.uk, in favour of their local pub in Bullbrook, the side has not only enjoyed a fine cup run, but is also on the brink of promotion from Division 3.
Their opponents, though, are sure to be no pushovers, and are currently unbeaten in their league season, something Oak boss Dean Day is all to aware of.
“The nucleus of our team is mainly young lads and the majority of them are relatively fit and that’s what’s getting them through at the moment,” said Day.
“It also helps that eight or nine of them went to Garth, they’re all good mates and see each other socially.
“They (Water Eaton Youth) are top of their league and I’m assuming, because of their name, that they’ll be a similar sort of age group to us.
“It should be an interesting game, but I only hope the boys do as well as they can.”
The Oak manager also described a wave of excitement that has swept through the squad since they made the last four, and the team are certainly proud to be the only Bracknell side left standing in all three of the Sunday county cup competitions.
“The boys are all up for it and they all suddenly think their professional footballers – talking about getting suits,” he said.
“I’m excited for them, though. It’s really nice for them.
“Their ‘patriotism’ towards Bracknell has started to come out as well and it’s nice to know that we’re the only Bracknell side left in the competition.”
Oak, however, have been hit by some bad injury news as top-scorer Rob Wilcock is unavialable for the game due to a hamstring strain.
Fellow striker Danny Baker can also only hope for a place on the bench after only just recovering from injury.
Day, though, is still convinced his side have the firepower to see off their Buckinghamshire opponents.
“They (Wilcock and Baker) were probably our match winners, but we have to hope the others step up to the plate and take their chances,” he said.
“My other two strikers have been scoring goals recently, while Andy Wells is a top skipper.
“He gets the boys going and scores a few goal as well.”
Elsewhere in the Sunday League this weekend, in the Premier Division, current leaders William Twigg face their closest rivals Wokingham United in a game that could go a long way to deciding where the title goes this season.
In Division 1, FC Diligent have a chance to close the gap on leaders Woodley Hammers when they visit The Metropolitan.
Division 2 leaders FC Fernhill will be looking for a return to winning ways as they face Woodley Hammers Res while second-placed Bracknell Galaxy face a stern test in the form of The Old Manor.
Cable & Wireless have the chance to put some distance between themselves and fourth-placed Royal Oak when they face Bracknell Manics Res, The Bridge, in second, face Victoria Arms.
There’s a Reading derby in Division 4 as Loddon Valley Rangers play Atletico Reading, while FC A1 Group will hope to make it 12 wins from 12 as they play Rides United Res.