Flixton’s young guns set for cup clash

Flixton going for glory
Flixton going for glory

Flixton are fired up ahead of their huge National Village Cup last 16 clash against Broadbottom on Sunday.

The hosts have included three teenagers in their side for the game, with the average age of their line-up only 22.

Jake Hatton (pictured right) has just turned 16, Marley Ward is also 16 and Will Hutchinson is 17, with Tom Norman (21) and Connor Stephenson (20) also named in the youthful side.

Captain Will Norman is eyeing up a dream final date at Lord’s as they head into the important clash, 2pm start.

Skipper Norman said: “It is all about that one day out at Lord’s, which would be awesome for everyone at the club.

“There is still a long way to go, but having played five games in the competition, you can feel it getting closer and closer.

“When we first started in the National Village Cup, it was just another cup competition that we were involved in, but now it has a different feel, it is taking priority for us.

“We are confident in our own ability going into the game, but in this you don’t really know anything about your opposition.

“You just turn up and play your game and prepare for them being outstanding, that is all we can do.

“We know that they scored 300 in their previous round, but we have plenty of quality as well, so it should be a very good game.”

Flixton beat Staithes, Dunnington, Sessay and Egerton on their way to the last 16, and while they lost out to Moorsholm earlier on, their opponents played six ineligible players and were duly booted out of the competition.

The club have a decent record in the competition, having reached the semi-finals in both 1997 and 2000, while they also made the quarter-finals in 2009.

Flixton were cruelly denied by Wirral-based Caldy in 1997 as they lost a 10-over slog in a rearranged fixture after they looked likely winners until rain fell in the first game.

They were then dealt heartache at the same stage three years later, this time beaten by Elvaston of Derbyshire.

Team manager John Boddy is confident heading into the game.

“It’s very much a squad effort with this team,” said Boddy.

“It’s great to have so many young lads in the side and doing so well, and that’s testament to the efforts from all at the club.”

The winners will travel to East Ardsley of Leeds or Scottish side Falkland, who knocked Staxton out of last year’s competition, in the quarter-final on Sunday July 22.

The final pencilled in for Sunday September 16 at Lord’s.

Flixton squad to play Broadbottom: W Norman (c), T Norman, Stocks, Malthouse, Hutchinson, Hatton, Walmsley, M Nesfield, J Nesfield, Stephenson, Ward.