TRAFALGAR FC stalwart Martin Dixon says the team will be doing everything they can to defeat rivals Newlands in the semi-finals of the North Riding FA Sunday Challenge Cup this weekend.
The Sherburn-based side went on an amazing undefeated streak in the past few seasons in the Scarborough & District Sunday League and won the Challenge Cup under former manager Wayne Aziz. The six-year unbeaten record in the league was halted last month when West Pier beat Traf 1-0 in division one.
Dixon said: “It is a massive game and both teams will be really looking forward to it.
“I think the lads would swap their unbeaten run of form to win this competition because it is the big one.
“Liam Salt is doing a terrific job as manager and he is getting the best out of the likes of Dean Craig, Gary Ellwood, Luke Jenkinson and his brother Ben Salt.
“It will be a hard game though because Newlands are strong and fit and always play right to the final whistle, so we will have to be at our best.”
Dixon, 59, has been involved with Traf for 40 years and was even with them when they started out as The Shakespeare.
He added: “It is nice to have stayed part of the same club for so long and I still enjoy it very much.
“These big games are always special and I can’t wait for this one now.”
Newlands club official Hughie Brown said: “This is a huge game and we are raring to go. They are such a good side but we know deep down we have a chance to beat them and get into the final, which would be brilliant.
“Players like Aidan Thomas and Jordan Mintoft have been excellent this season for us, we have to keep that form up if we are to pull it off.”
The game kicks off at 10.30am at Sherburn.
Henleys AFC play host to Hollybush in the other semi-final.