Owen Edwards will face brother Gaz in Tenbury football derby in Herefordshire League Division Three (From Ludlow Advertiser)
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Owen Edwards will face brother Gaz in Tenbury Wells football derby in Herefordshire Football League Division Three
OWEN Edwards will be marked by his brother Gaz in Saturday’s eagerly-awaited Tenbury football derby at Palmer’s Meadow.
Striker Owen is turning out for Tenbury Colts and 19-year-old Gaz will be in the heart of Tenbury Town’s defence.
The Burford-based brothers will be joined on the pitch by their cousin, Lewis Giles, a Colts’ player, in the mouth-watering Herefordshire League Division Three match.
“My mum and dad will definitely be watching the game,” said Hereford United fan Owen, who celebrated his 18th birthday yesterday (Wednesday).
“My brother supports Leeds United and is probably a better player than me.
“I am looking for my first goal of the season and I am there to fill in the gaps.
“It will be a good game and there’s a lot riding on it. Both teams know each other very well.”
Town are flying high in the division while Colts’ young side are struggling to find their feet after making the switch from the Worcester and District League.
Colts founder and manager James Turrell, a former Town player, said: “It will be a special occasion for Tenbury so we're hoping for a crowd to cheer on both sides.
“There are friends and relatives on both sides and the Edwards family will be split down the middle.
“Everyone wants to come out with the bragging rights, although Town have to be the hot favourites.”
Town’s Jack Farrar was almost an ever-present for Colts last term. And Town players Mark Boucker, Dean Morris and Alex Bright all played for Colts in the Worcester League last season.
Town manager Darren Worthington is hoping the cold snap doesn’t force another postponement for his side.
Town were last involved in league action in early December when they lost 5-2 against table-topping Bromyard FC.
Worthington said: “It will be difficult to predict how the game will go but I am sure my players will be prepared for the challenge ahead.
“Colts have enjoyed their first season in the Herefordshire League and are capable of achieving a good result so I am not taking anything for granted. I will be playing my strongest available side.”
Turrell’s Colts’ team are listed as the hosts and he was buoyed by their ‘excellent performance’ against Leintwardine Colts.
“We will give it our best shot and whatever happens on Saturday both sides will sit down afterwards and enjoy a pint together in the Bridge,” he said.
Last weekend, heavy snow forced the postponement of Tenbury Colts’ trip to Bromyard FC and Town’s home match against Ross Juniors Reserves.
l TENBURY United are also playing at Palmer’s Meadow this Saturday, hosting Sikh Hunters in West Midlands League Division Two.
Colin Powell’s side will face a stiff test against ninth-placed Hunters, who have won eight and lost six of their league matches this term.
Tenbury are 13th in the division, with four fewer points than Hunters, after five wins, two draws and 10 defeats from their league campaign.