CHIPPENHAM & DISTRICT SUNDAY LEAGUE WG PARR TROPHY PREVIEW: Staverton favourites for success (From The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald)
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CHIPPENHAM & DISTRICT SUNDAY LEAGUE WG PARR TROPHY PREVIEW: Staverton favourites for success
12:30pm Friday 13th September 2013 in News
WITH last season's Westernsport Trophies sponsored WG Parr Trophy winners Bradford Renegades unable to defend the trophy they won by beating FC Colerne in May, this season's event has to be one of the most open in recent times.
One of the favourites to go all the way this term are first division Staverton for whom this will be their first-ever outing in the competition.
Aaron Latchem’s side have been paired with third division Sportzcoach Dragonz United and they really should ease into the first round, although Sportzcoach have players who have played at the top level and are more than capable of causing an upset.
Christian Malford and Talbot will be grateful of a cup game as they look for some respite after two league failures.
Talbot were victorious on both occasions the sides met last term and the second division outfit will be favourites to claim a third successive victory over their Division Three opposition.
Second division GRFC entertain first division Kings Arms (All Cannings), who had the edge over their hosts last term as they took three out of four points from Tam Laidlaw’s side.
Jim Wilson’s Arms have made a promising start to this campaign and really should claim a win that will see them progress to the final 16.
The all-first division clash sees North Star A lock horns with Corsham CC Wildcats who, as Biddestone White Horse, reached the semi-final stage last season.
The Wildcats have a good record over the Star with four wins from their last six meetings but if they are to have any hopes of making the last four again they will need to be at their best as the Star go into the game on the back of a 5-4 victory over Bromham.
There should be an interesting game at Stanley Park where local rivals Prestige Bodyworks, who currently top the first division table, take on second division Fortune Inn.
Along with a place in the first round, bragging rights will be up for grabs which makes for a compelling cup clash that could go either way.
Current form suggests a win for Prestige.
Another game at Stanley Park will see third division Crossblades looking to conjure up a cup shock when they take on second division Sutton Benger.
Thanks to a 5-3 win last Sunday, Benger will start the tie as slight favourites to book their spot in the next round.
The Blades were without a game last weekend and despite having opened with a win it won't have been the best preparation for Tim Chilton’s side.
Probably the most attractive tie of the round is the one at Bratton between third division Trowbridge Town Supporters Club and near-neighbours second division Southwick Wanderers, who are likely to include a few former supporters’ club aplayers in their line-up.
The teams have not met since Southwick claimed a 3-2 win in May of 2010 and it is Matt Rusling’s side who will be favourites to advance to the next round.
However with local pride at stake the supporters’ have a real chance of ending Wanderers cup run.
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