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#MatchweekTwentyThree – Preview

With the North Division concluded and just 3 games remaining in the South Division, we turn our attention to the cup competition and preview all of the action.



Key Matchup


Runcorn Linnets v Belper Town


The South Cup plays host to the ‘Key Matchup’ this week as the North Division champions take on Belper Town.


After winning 12 games out of 12 in the North Division and already won their three cup games so far, Runcorn Linnets will be hoping to keep their perfect form intact. The Linnets however are facing stiff competition in the North Cup from Witton Albion, who sit above them in first place but have played two more games.


Belper Town are just outside the top four in the North Cup and a win here would definitely help them progress to the quarter finals. The Nailers have had two impressive victories so far included Skelmersdale United on Tuesday, which will give them a huge boost before this tough clash against the North Division champions.


North Cup


Ossett United v Brighouse Town


The two #ESPFAWestYorkshire sides go head-to-head for the third time this season with them both sat outside of the top four in the cup competition. Ossett United had the upper hand in the North Division, winning the away fixture 1-2 and drawing the home game 0-0. Brighouse Town did finish four points and two places above their Yorkshire rivals in the North Division so will be hoping to make that advantage count.


Witton Albion v Carlton Town


Currently leading the North Cup, Witton Albion have enjoyed the cup competition so far, winning three games, drawing one and losing one game. They can remain at the top of the table and all but guarantee their place in the quarter finals with a win. Carlton Town are currently at the foot of the table but in such a tightly contested division, one big result could change a team’s fortunes.


South Cup


Chesham United v Rushall Olympic (Amber)


The South Division champions are back in action and will be keen to hand Chesham United their first defeat of the cup competition. They will have to bounce back from a disappointing defeat last week when Kidlington came out on top with a 0-4 win. Chesham are another team who are relishing the chance for more games in the cup competition and are so far unbeaten.


Frome Town v Rushall Olympic (Black)


Currently without a win from their first two games, Frome Town will be wishing for a win to get their campaign underway. They were narrowly beaten by Chesham united in their last outing and three points could kickstart their cup run. Rushall Olympic (Black) have split their first two games with one draw and one loss and with all the teams tightly packed together in the South Group, the top four is still wide open

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