CHIPPENHAM & DISTRICT SUNDAY LEAGUE KNOCKOUT CUP PREVIEW: Upsets predicted on cup weekend (From Wiltshire Times)
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CHIPPENHAM & DISTRICT SUNDAY LEAGUE KNOCKOUT CUP PREVIEW: Upsets predicted on cup weekend
2:30pm Friday 20th September 2013 in Sport
FIRST DIVISION White Horse (Sunday) A will be one of a few clubs in with a real chance of causing an upset when they host Premier Division Bradford Renegades in their Preliminary Round clash of this season’s Reebrooks Print Media-sponsored Eric Hughes Memorial Knock Out Cup.
Renegades, who were virtually unplayable last term, have lost two of their three games to date so they will be wary of the threat from Clive Black’s side who although not yet up to pace with life in Division One, will certainly raise their game for what could be a cup classic.
Second Division Miller Sports A have made it in to the first round without kicking a ball - Mike Steven’s side received a walkover following the withdrawal of Premier Division AFC Calne from the league before the season had got underway.
The top two sides from Division Four have been paired together, with league newcomers Bath Road hosting leaders Bremhill View Boys, who with three straight wins to their name, ought to put their name into the draw for the next round.
Cup holders Biddestone Social are massive favourites to lift the cup for a second successive season and for a fourth time since 2010.
Ashley Smith’s side host top-flight stable mates Semington Rovers and the holders should have few problems with getting their cup campaign up and running with a comfortable win.
Premier Division FC Colerne may not have made the best of starts so after two defeats they will be grateful that the cup gods have been kind to them.
Colerne may have to travel to Marking Lavington but they should have few problems in getting past Fourth Division Cavalier, who would claim one of the biggest ever cup shocks if they were to pull off what seems to be an impossible win.
Having received a walkover in to the first round of the Parr Trophy when Talbot were unable to raise a team, Christian Malford will have to work a lot harder for their place in the next round of the Knock Out Cup when they fellow Third Division side Pig & Whistle United.
Malford, who have not lost to the Pig in their last four meetings, will be favourites to prevail with a narrow win, but they my need extra time to get it.
The all-Division Two affair at Nurstead Road between hosts FC Buscots and Southwick Wanderers should go the way of the former.
In what will be a re-run of their league encounter just a fortnight ago, which Buscots won 5-3, this should be another good tester for both sides and although Wanderers are tipped for defeat, they could actually conjure up a victory to avenge their earlier loss.
Fourth Division Miller Sports B may have home advantage over Second Division GRFC but it is likely to count for nothing as Tam Laidlaw’s visitors to the Beeches should have few problems in booking their spot in the first round.
Following on from their surprise win away at Staverton last weekend, Third Division Sportzcoach Dragonz United will look forward to their cup battle withleague rivals North Star B.
Sportzcoach know that it could be a case of 'after the lord mayor’s show', but if they gets things right they should have few problems of booking their place in the final 32.
Westbury Rangers have made a promising start to their league campaign and Shaun Gardiner’s top-flight side, who are still chasing that all-elusive Knock Cup success, will be red hot favourites to progress to round one when they visit Third Division Old Road FC, who will be looking for a miracle of biblical proportions if they are to have any chance of producing a giant killing act.
Prestige Bodyworks, who currently top Division One, will play host to stable-mates Corsham CC Wildcats who as Biddestone White Horse last season, reached the semi-finals before losing to eventual winners Biddestone Social.
The Wildcats booked their place in the first round of the WG Parr Trophy last weekend but Scott Fleming’s side are likely to see their cup adventure come to an end against a very good Prestige outfit, who should claim the win.
Third Division Wren FC are on the road away at First Division Somerford and even though the hosts go in to the game on the back of a surprise loss to Bromham (Sunday), they should return to winning ways with what should be a comfortable win over their guests.
A week after they suffered a WG Parr Trophy nightmare, First Division leaders Staverton could be in for another torrid time when they host Second Division Fortune Inn.
Fortune suffered a 2-1 loss to Prestige Bodyworks in the Parr Trophy clash and if Budge Hylands' side fancy their chances, they have a realopportunity to claim a major cup scalp.
Wary of a quickfire exit from a second cup competition, Staverton should come up trumps this time around.
Mark Merriman will be expecting his Sutton Benger side to overcome league newcomers The Mallard when they meet at Stanley Park.
Both sides go into their cup clash on the back of comfortable victories, and with Benger already safely through to the first round of the Parr Trophy, they should have a safe passage into the next round of the Knock Out Cup.
First Division Goatacre make the short trip to Calne for their preliminary clash with near neighbours Talbot FC who, for a second week running, are staring at an early cup exit having given Christian Malford a walkover in the Parr Trophy a week ago.
Talbot will no doubt up their game for their derby day duel but the visitors to Priestly Grove are tipped to get an easy win.
Premier Division leaders Castle FC entertain Fourth Division Oakhill in what many people will see as a 'David vs Goliath' battle/
Tom Perkins' hosts who are expected to have one of the easiest passages into the first round. .
Kevin Williams' Trowbridge Town Supporters' Club may have pushed Southwick Wanderers to the limit last week before exiting the Parr Trophy, but they will have to raise them game even higher if they are to avoid a second cup exit.
The Supporters entertain First Division Chippenham West End who are yet to win this season but should claim a victory on this occasion.
The final game of the round sees Worton & Cheverell lock horns with Kings Arms (All Cannings).
Although scheduled to be at home, Worton have been forced to switch the tie to All Cannings, where they take a depleted side into Sunday's clash.
It will be a big ask for the Third Division side to upset the form book, but they shouldn’t be written off as they have a few players who may just cause a few problems for the home team.
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