It’s NCEL League Cup Semi-Final night tonight , and whilst many eyes will be on the blockbuster clash at the Distant Futures Stadium between Hemsworth Miners Welfare and Worksop Town the other semi is no less intriguing, as First Division Swallownest travel to the Clayborn Ground to face Liversedge, who finished thirteenth in the Premier Division at the weekend. With a Final slated for Doncaster Rovers Keepmoat Stadium next week, there’s plenty to play for all four sides-and it’s the chance of another significant milestone for Swallownest. a fact not lost on their management team, writes Colin Muncie.
Manager Jordan Stocks is ready for battle. “Tomorrow we travel to Liversedge in the League Cup Semi Final. It will be very difficult, we know this; but we know that we are capable of the upset as we proved in previous rounds. Looking at our season so far we actually perform so much better when we are underdogs”.
“One thing is certain; we will go and give it our all and that’s all I ask.”
Assistant Manager Joel Evans is hoping that his players can recapture the form which took them past Goole AFC , Hall Road Rangers and Selby Town in previous rounds.” we go into the game as underdogs” Joel admitted to TBG “so hopefully we can play with a bit more confidence and freedom . The lads have beaten two other Premier League teams on their way to the Semi Final; so fingers crossed, we can get another scalp.
“I’m hoping we can see a change of fortune and get to a Final -which would be an incredible achievement.
Meanwhile, twenty-odd miles south east in Fitzwilliam, a huge crowd is pretty much guaranteed as Champions Worksop Town go in search of a Toolstation NCEL League and Cup double when they travel to Fitzwilliam to take on Wayne Benn’s fourth-placed Hemsworth –but Wells’ Manager Wayne Benn is hoping that his players make the most of the big occasion “Obviously tomorrow is a big game for the club against Champions Worksop Town in the semi final of the League Cup” Wayne told TBG.
“We couldn’t have been given a tougher game; they have unbelievable momentum , are full of confidence and will rightly fancy their chances of doing the double. Somehow we have to stop their momentum, which is going to be really difficult; but it’s a challenge we are relishing as a management team and as a group of players. We have finished the season with 3 wins and 3 clean sheets, which give us our own bit of momentum; but more than that we know we have the players that can cause Worksop real problems. Undoubtedly we will need to defend well-that goes without saying- but at the top end of the pitch we have the players that can create and score goals against anyone”.
“Clearly we will need to be at our absolute best” Wayne insisted “and it will come down to who performs best on the night. All I can promise is that the lads will give everything to try and win the game and get us to our first ever League Cup Final. It would be brilliant to reward our fantastic fans with a final and the chance to win some silverware; but we are under no illusions about the task ahead”.
“We have huge respect for everyone at Worksop” Wayne conceded. “To win the League in the manner that they have is just phenomenal, but we don’t fear anyone; we know we are a match for anyone in this league and we feel like if anyone can beat them, we can. It might take 120 minutes or even penalties; we might have to suffer but there is a real belief we can win the game”.
“Whatever happens I think we are in for a fantastic game and hopefully fans from both sides really come in their numbers, support their teams and really make it a great atmosphere”.
It’s been a tremendous first season in charge at Worksop Town for Manager Craig Denton and Assistant Rob Poulter, but tonight they’ll put that Premier Division title to one side in search of a place in the League Cup final. “We are really looking forward to it after being presented with the NCEL Premier Division Trophy on Saturday” Craig told the Bootiful Game.” We have celebrated and enjoyed ourselves, but we know now we have a game this evening against a strong Hemsworth side who want to get to the final- just like we do”.
“We go into it without any injury worries”, Craig reported “and we go into the game really confident.”
“Hopefully we can put in a performance where the spectators will see us in the Final.”
The Bootiful Game will be at Liversedge for tonight’s semi –final, but keep across your own club’s Twitter feed or our Craig’s score updates if you can’t make it to either game.
If you’re off to either the Clayborn Ground or the Distant Futures tonight, safe travels and enjoy the game!