CHIPPENHAM & DISTRICT SUNDAY LEAGUE WG PARR TROPHY PREVIEW: Weather puts quarter-final ties at risk

THE WEATHER looks as if it could  play a major part in this week's scheduled Westernsport Trophies-sponsored WG Parr Trophy quarter-finals ties, which could all be postponed unless the rain of recent weeks stops and pitches start to dry out by this Sunday.

The pick of the four scheduled matches has to be the one at Stanley Park where First Division leaders Prestige Bodyworks host Premier Division front runners The Castle FC, who are already through to the last four of the Knockout Cup.

Tom Perkins' Castle will be favourites not just to win this game but to go all the way and pick up the trophy but the game won’t be a gimme as Prestige will be out to cause a cup upset and if they are on top form they may just do that.

Third Fivision sides Pig & Whistle United and Worton & Cheverell (Sunday) go head-to-head at Awdry Avenue in Melksham and for Worton, this game will give them a second bite of the cherry for cup glory as they were beaten by North Star B in the previous round before being reinstated after the Star had played an ineligible player in that game.

Neither team has seen much action since the start of December but although United exited the Knockout cup a fortnight ago at the hands of Corsham Centre Youth, they may just nick this one with a low scoring win.

First Division high-flyers Somerford are having one of their best-ever seasons and they will start their game at home to Third Division Sportzcoach Dragonz United as huge favourites to make it through to the semi-final stages.

On paper, this should be a David vs Goliath contest but Sportzcoach have a few players who are more than capable of causing a cup shock and it they get things right on the day, the underdogs do have a chance of causing an upset.

The remaining quarter-final tie brings together local rivals Sutton Benger and Chippenham West End.

The latter are currently bottom of Division One and will be grateful or the respite from league action where they have yet to register a win this term.

West End reached this stage thanks to wins over AFC Avellinos and Southwick Wanderers, who like Benger, are from Division Two, so if they can make produce the goods for a third time, a semi-final spot awaits them.

However as honours were shared last term, with one win apiece, it makes for an interesting contest which is tipped to go Benger’s way.

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