Wolves set for Hornets showdown
Wolves will be hoping to pull off a major upset after being drawn against newly-crowned Premier Division champions Dandy Town in the FA Cup semi-finals.
Yesterday’s draw also saw Robin Hood rewarded for their quarter-final replay win over Devonshire Colts with a tie against nine-time winners North Village.
First Division leaders Wolves have enjoyed a remarkable season, losing just one match, and face Hornets on Sunday, April 1 at Bernard Park; while Hood play Village in a Saturday night game on March 31 at BAA Field.
Hood have already secured their top-flight status and the team’s skipper Teddy Terceira believes reaching the final at the National Sports Centre on April 15 would be “the icing on the cake”.
“Obviously we’re thrilled to be in the semi-final and hopefully we can represent ourselves well,” said the defender. “It didn’t matter which team we got, they would have all been a challenge at this stage.
“Our first goal this season was to stay up and we’ve done that so everyone at the club is happy with that. It’s great for the club to be in the semi-final but to reach the final would be the icing on the cake.”
Although they managed a draw against the Rams last month, Hood have struggled against the so-called bigger sides this season and Terceira admits the Richmond Road outfit will be the heavy underdogs.
“We have our work cut out and if we don’t put together a good game plan then we could suffer,” said Terceira.
“Hopefully we take some positive momentum into the game and give ourselves the best possible opportunity of winning the game.”
Village coach Shaun Goater is hoping his side can add the FA Cup to the Friendship Trophy they lifted earlier this season.
It would be the first time the Rams have won the competition since winning the Triple Crown in 2006 under then coach Dwayne (Streaker) Adams.
“Obviously the FA Cup is our priority,” said Goater, whose side crushed Southampton Rangers at the weekend. “We’ve shown some decent form in recent weeks so hopefully that bodes well for us in the FA Cup.”
The Player Development League (PDL) and Masters Knock-Out finals will be held prior to the FA Cup ties. On March 31, BAA Field will host the PDL finals, and on April 1, at Bernard Park, Southampton Rangers will take on Hamilton Parish Club in the Masters showpiece.
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