Itis Itis ready for Sunday Cup semi-final test

Itis Itis striker Gav Wood, pictured here heading the ball against Ayton, could be a key man in Sunday's cup semi-final  124161a
Itis Itis striker Gav Wood, pictured here heading the ball against Ayton, could be a key man in Sunday's cup semi-final 124161a
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Itis Itis assistant player-boss Matty Hobson is looking forward to his side’s biggest game of the season when they tackle second division rivals West Riding at Oliver’s Mount on Sunday, 10am kick-off.

Hobson’s team will be looking forward to the Scarborough & District FA Sunday Cup semi-final as it gives them a welcome break from league action as they are battling to beat the drop in the second division.

He said: “We have had a few good cup runs this season, especially in this one which is our finest achievement as it is the senior cup in the area.

“This is in contrast to our league form which has been patchy and we are down near the bottom of the table - although there have been promising signs of a recovery in league form recently, our last game saw us earn a crucial 1-0 home win against fellow strugglers West Pier Reserves.

“Matty Miller has returned as manager in recent weeks and I am helping him out for the rest of the season as his assistant. We have a decent squad with some good players so I reckon, although West Riding are third in the table and we are second-from-bottom, we can maybe get a win.

“We lost 2-0 to them earlier in the season, but I have to admit we were not at our best at that stage of the season and now we are improving each week, while it seems that West Riding’s form has dipped a bit.”

Hobson feels that his side have plenty of match-winners in his squad, although one of their key players may well miss the cup clash.

“It looks like Mark Oldroyd, who has been superb in midfield this season, may miss the semi-final but there are still other players who can come to the fore.

“Striker Gav Wood has been outstanding for us again this season, while fellow forward Luke Chambers has proved to be a fox in the box and JP Watson is a proven goalscorer at a higher level so we will have plenty of firepower.

“In defence, our teenage centre-back Lloyd Henderson - son of former Edgehill and striker Dave Henderson - has been immense for us this season so he is another crucial player.”

Hobson, who also plays for Saturday League second division side Flixton, added: “The West Riding squad has a lot of attacking threat, with the pace of Mike Anderson and Rich Tolliday likely to be one of the areas we will have to look to contain if we are to get into the final.

“It is a very tough game but with them being from our own division, rather than the top flight, it is a game we can win if we hit top form.”

In the other semi-final, Trafalgar travel to Newlands for the second successive week, Traf having won last weekend’s Senior Cup semi-final at Snainton thanks to extra-time strikes from Neil Thomas and Joel Ramm.

First division leaders Newlands will be eager to avenge this defeat, and it is likely to be another stormy affair, Sunday’s semi-final having seen Newlands’ Josh Hakings and Hugh Brown both sent off.

In the league, second division promotion-chasers Fylingdales, who are currently lying in second place, will be looking to reduce the gap between themselves and leaders Fylingdales with a win at fourth-placed Trafalgar Reserves.

Cayton Corinthians will be looking to boost their third division title chances with a win at West Riding Reserves, while fourth-placed Newlands Reserves are at Scarborough Sports and Commercial entertain Alma.