TROWBRIDGE & DISTRICT LEAGUE KNOCKOUT CUP FINAL PREVIEW: Conigre set to stage showpiece (From This Is Wiltshire)
TROWBRIDGE & DISTRICT LEAGUE KNOCKOUT CUP FINAL PREVIEW: Conigre set to stage showpiece
A YEAR on from their Knockout Cup final victory over Worton & Cheverell, Joe Martin’s second division champions Lacock will be hoping that they will enjoy the taste of cup success for a second successive campaign when they face first division runners-up Westbury United Reserves in the Chantry Digital-sponsored competition.
After Friday evening’s postponement of the Spring Cup Final is the first of this season’s three Trowbridge & District League cup finals.
This evening’s showpiece at The Conigre, home of Melksham Town should be a thrilling final - with the teams set to face each other again on Saturday afternoon in the final of the A&B Cup.
Lacock may be some ten places below Jason Edwards side in the league standings but they will start the game as slight favorites to complete the second part of a possible league and cup quadruple.
The defending champions had a far easier route to the Conigre that that of their opponents.
After receiving a bye in the first round, they then had a walkover in the second following the withdrawal from the league of Fleece FC.
Their first match in the competition took them to then third division leaders Holt, who they beat 4-1, Kevin Hodgkinson scoring from the penalty spot, Craig Burge, an Owen Reece own goal and Darrin Moss with their fourth.
Lacock’s semi-final opponents were second division stablemates Worton & Cheverell, who they had beaten 4-1 to lift the trophy last term.
After a goalless first half, Lacock found their scoring boots with Simon Gray twice, Jake Marshall, Andy Wilkins and substitute Adam Shipman finding the target to seal a 5-0 victory to put them into the final.
Westbury United Reserves will hope to have a clean bill of health with what is a new-look side to the one that beat Boomsbury 3-2 back in 2012.
Marc Lanfear was on target twice in their first-round victory over North Bradley, Nick Taylor scoring the other goal that earned them a 3-1 win.
Westbury visited second division high-flyers Trowbridge Wanderers Reserves for their second round tie and it was Lanfear who again proved to be the star of the show as his double, along a hat-trick from Phil Hampson saw them breeze past Matt Rusling’s side.
Standing in their way of a semi-final appearance were fierce rivals White Horse FC. Jack Hayward saw his opener cancelled out by Dan Cox from the penalty spot. Nick Taylor reclaimed the lead for Westbury early in the second half before substitute Derek Wheeler sealed victory.
A midweek semi-final clash with Castle Combe, saw them squander many chances to opening the scoring before Jamal Chevolleau netted against the run of play to put Combe in front.
Westbury fought back and were on level terms through a Lanfear header and another crisp finish from Lanfear booked them their place at the Conigre.
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