COMMERCIAL boss Geoff Osguthorpe says his side have nothing to lose heading into tomorrow’s Scarborough & District FA Sunday Cup semi-final against Star.
Third division Commercial have been the surprise package in the competition this season and the player-boss knows it will be tough against their division one opponents.
Osguthorpe said: “I don’t think many people would expect us to get to this stage of the competition so we have nothing to lose on the day.
“The other three teams involved are all first division clubs and we are in the third so it is a bit unusual but credit to the lads because they have got there through hard work and a lot of commitment.”
Osguthorpe knows the task in front of him is big and added spice is thrown in to the tie as Star included two former Commercial players.
Osguthorpe added: “We know that it will be very very tough because they are a strong team.
“They maybe are not the same side they were a couple of years ago but Mark Barber has taken over the reins and he will do a good job.
“They have Chris Stubbings and Sean Kelly playing for them, who both used to be with us, which should make things interesting.
“It is a one-off for us and we are looking forward to it. Our recent form has been excellent and anything can happen on the day.”
Star boss Mark Barber added: “We can’t under-estimate them and I will be stressing that to my players.
“We have Matty Turner struggling with an injury but the likes of Dean Lill and Ryan Jackson will be key for us if we are to progress to the final.”
In the other semi-final it is a repeat of the semi clash between Trafalgar and Newlands in the North Riding FA Sunday Challenge Cup which ended with Newlands winning 4-3 on penalties.
Liam Salt’s Trafalgar side will be out for revenge and will not want a repeat result.
itis itis have a huge game in the second division if they are to keep any hopes of a promotion bid alive when they face second-placed Victoria away.
itiis itis player-boss Matty Hobson said: “This is probably our biggest game of the season so far but unfortunately we have some players missing such as Luke Chambers and Paul O’Neill.
“Victoria are a good side with plenty of attacking options so we will have to play well to have a chance of beating them.”
And in division three it is second against third when Cayton Corinthians entertain Turks Head.
Turks’s boss Colin Jenkinson said: “This is a big game for us and if we can beat them we could go top of the table.
“We are the first side in both the Saturday and Sunday Leagues to have scored over 100 goals and we have a lot of quality in our squad.
“Cayton are strong too though and I think it will be a good match and hopefully we will come away with three points.”