CORNWALL SENIOR CUP Wendron Utd vs Sticker AFC

Sticker will be flying the flag for the St Austell area in their bid to reach the semi-finals.

It’s a clash between two clubs who have never won the competition, which is in its 130th year.

Sticker manager Steve Flack admits: “It would be nice to get to a semi-final, it all depends what happens on the day.

“We may have some missing players back on the bench, so we have a chance of being stronger.

“We won’t go down without a fight as I know this group of players are very focused and always give me 100 per cent.”

The teams have already met twice this season in the South West Peninsula League, with Wendron taking the honours both times.

Flack said: “One of the games was with a cobbled together defence and the other in very wet conditions. No excuses, though, they were the better team.

“We have improved as the season has continued, though injuries have robbed us of key players, certainly in attacking areas.”

Flack is unlikely to be at the tie, having tested positive for Covid last week.

Wendron manager Michael O’Neill: “We’re looking forward to the game, it’s a great opportunity to bounce back after what was a difficult day in the League Cup versus Bodmin. 

“Obviously, the reward of a semi-final is fantastic for the winner and despite having had positive results against Sticker earlier in the season, we won't be taking anything for granted on Saturday. 

“My biggest focus will be on ensuring we do the basics well first and then building on that. The early stages of the game will be very important, and it will set the tone from the outset so I'll be looking for a positive start.

“Overall the squad is relatively healthy compared to recent weeks and everyone is looking forward to the day and the opportunity for us to match the club's best ever performance in this competition.”

Verdict Wendron should make home advantage count but Sticker are a good footballing side. It’s going to be a close one.

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