Clee Hill United and Bishop's Castle Town have big matches in Shropshire FA Junior Challenge Cup (From Ludlow Advertiser)
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Clee Hill United and Bishop's Castle Town have big matches in Shropshire FA Junior Challenge Cup
BISHOPS Castle Town and Clee Hill United will be gunning for glory in the Shropshire FA Junior Challenge Cup this Saturday.
Andrew Green’s Castle travel to AFC Wellington and Wayne Whitbread’s Hillmen host Ketley Town in fourth-round ties.
The winners will be through to the semi-finals - just one victory away from a showpiece final at Shrewsbury Town’s ground.
“Saturday is a massive game,” said Castle boss Green.
“Wellington have lost a couple of games and I am hoping they carry on losing. I will be making a few changes as I try to keep everyone happy.
“Mark Jones is playing well now and has settled in. A place in the semifinals is up for grabs.”
Jake Cintra is likely to be missing because his partner has just had a baby.
Castle warmed up for the cup with a 1-0 home win over Brown Clee in the Mercian League Division One. Luke Hicks scored Castle’s goal, while George Mellor took part in the warm-up after being out with injury for the past seven weeks.
Phil Bates, said Green, was Castle’s man of the match.
“Brown Clee’s goalkeeper had a brilliant game and made some fantastic saves,” said Green. “It was all one-way traffic with us on the attack.”
Castle’s Newcastle Cup match at Penybont is now on Sunday, March 17 and their league cup game against Rock Rovers is on Wednesday, March 20.
Meanwhile, Clee Hill drew 1-1 at Oswestry BG Club, also in Division One.
Adam Warren put Hill ahead in the 80th minute but the hosts hit back, drawing level within 60 seconds.
“When we took the lead we thought we’d won it, but you are vulnerable after you score,” said Whitbread. “We switched off - we didn’t stop the cross nor deal with the cross to the back-post.
“It was hugely disappointing but it has extended our unbeaten run to five matches and we haven’t lost in 2013.”
Hill’s last defeat was against Ketley, whom they face in the cup this weekend.
Hill will be without leading marksman War ren, while Liam Whitbread and Steve Preece picked up injuries last Saturday.
Whitbread added: “We have twice won the Junior Challenge Cup but Ketley are a very good side and have done the double over us this season.
“It’s going to be a hard game and we know that we will need to be at the top of our game to stand any chance."