SATURDAY League division one leaders Edgehill will be out to avoid a second North Riding County FA Saturday Challenge Cup semi-final defeat in consecutive seasons tomorrow when they travel to Kirkbymoorside Reserves.
Alec Coulson’s men will be out to take the step into the final of the prestigious competition, and in doing so banish the memories of their 5-0 defeat at the hands of Thirsk in the last four last time round.
But Edgehill will need to be wary of their hosts, who are currently unbeaten at the top of the Beckett League table as they look to retain their title.
Kirkby lost their first game of the season at the hands of Sinnington in the Hospital Cup last weekend, but Coulson, who is looking for his second North Riding success, is expecting a tough tie.
He said: “We are expecting a huge test at Kirkby.
“You don’t get bad teams in the semi-finals of the County Cup so we will go there expecting a challenge.
“They have some good, experienced players with the likes of Lee Alexander and Andrew Marley, who my dad used to pick for his Scarborough Representative side, so we’ll need to be up for it.”
Edgehill boss Coulson has won the competition once himself, and is aiming to try and follow in his dad Steve’s footsteps and pick up two more North Riding victories to take him on to three.
He added: “I’ve won it once before, and it was great achievement. It would be nice to pick up a few more and try and match what my dad did, but that will be tough and we’re not looking past this weekend’s game.”
Edgehill had a tough run of games to reach the last four as they had to beat fellow first division title-chasers West Pier and Eastfield St James after a convincing win against Lealholm.
And Coulson has pointed to former Scarborough Town duo Luke Jenkinson and Jamie Patterson as his key men going into the tie.
He added: “We have a great squad this season and all are crucial players, but Luke and Jamie have been in great form recently and hopefully that will continue.”
Edgehill will face Amotherby & Swinton or Great Ayton United in the final should they progress.