Newlands stalwart Ken eyes cup success

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NEWLAND’S stalwart and club secretary Ken Coatesworth believes his side have every chance of progressing into the semi-finals of the Kenward Cup when they face Victoria in the quarter-finals on Sunday.

Newland’s have been in decent form in division one this campaign having picked up 19 points from their eight games, while Billy Johnson’s Victoria side are flying high in division two.

But league form will go out of the window when the two clash this weekend.

Coatesworth said: “It is definitely a game that we can win and the lads are looking forward to it.

“We have lost Billy Logan through injury which is a big blow and Eric Hall is cup-tied while Jamie Gallagher and Ben Luntley are missing, but there are plenty of lads who can come in and do a job.

“The likes of Jordan Mintoft, Michael Wilson, Adrian Thompson and Josh Hakings have all been in superb form this season and we look to those lads to continue to shine.”

Victoria boss Billy Johnson added: “We know it will be a tough game but we are prepared for it and look forward to the challenge.

“Players like Dave Oxley, Kieran Link and Mike Anderson will all be key if we are to progress and we also have Scarborough Athletic’s Wilf Dinsdale available which is great.”

In the other quarter-finals Trafalgar play host to Fylingdales, Staxton go to Whitby Wanderers and James Prethero’s Seamer entertain Filey Flyers.

Commercial are also in cup action when they host fellow third division outfit Manor in the quarter-finals of the McCain Cup.

Commercial boss Geoff Osguthorpe said: “This will not be an easy game and we are struggling a bit for numbers.

“We have also lost our top scorer Tim Boorer who picked up a knee injury in last weekend’s 3-0 win over Pirates so we will miss him.

“It is a game that that we should win. You can never count on these things but we will be doing our best to get through.”

In first division action high-flying West Pier entertain Klosters while Star host Angel and Strongwood are at Ayton.

Ayton are struggling in the table and are currently second from bottom.

Their manager Mark Plumpton said: “This has been an extremely tough season for us and we are likely to be in the relegation positions.

“I have a very young squad and we are building for the future with players like Liam Graves and Matt Vincent.

“We lost to Strongwood earlier in the season and they are a good side but we know that we can get something if we perform on the day.

“Strongwood always create goalscoring opportunities so it will be up to us to defend well and try and create something ourselves.”

Division two action sees bottom of the table Sun Inn hosting Trafalgar Reserves while itis itis entertain Strongwood Reserves.

Cayton Corinthians have the opporunity to go second in the division three table if they can get the better of table-toppers West Pier Reserves at home.

Cayton are having a fine season under player-boss John Best and are hunting down promotion to division two.

Cayton club secretary Shirley Nellist said: “The team has been doing very well this campaign and John has got them organised.

“We have some very good players such as Tom Sixsmith, Jake McAleese, Mike Dennis and Shaun Rennison and if we can beat West Pier it will give everyone a boost.

“Harry Holden is another who has come on this season and it would be brilliant if the lads could get promoted.”

Also in division three Turks Head entertain Castle Tavern, Victoria Reserves play Alma and strugglers Scarborough Sports are at the Albert.