Aaron Morris relishes prospect of all-Tenbury semi-final in Worcestershire FA Saturday Minor Cup

DEFENDER Aaron Morris would relish the prospect of an all-Tenbury semi-final in the Worcestershire FA Saturday Minor Cup.

Morris says there has been a lot of banter this season between the players and supporters from Tenbury United and Tenbury Town.

United and Town have both progressed to the quarter-finals of the Minor Cup competition but have been keep apart in the last-eight draw.

United will travel to Worcester to face the cup holders, WCT Raiders, and Town will make the trip to the West Midlands to tackle Knowle Reserves.

“If we can get through this round, it would be nice to have each other in the semi-final,” said Morris, player-boss at United.

“It would certainly be an interesting tie if we were to meet each other.

“There has been a lot of banter between Town and United claiming to be the better side but until we get to play each other, no-one can determine which is the better side.”

Morris added: “Tenbury Town are an excellent side but I would be quietly confident of beating them. They are a decent side but probably just missing a couple of defenders.

“My fear is that we would get too embroiled if we came across Tenbury Town.

“A lot of the players know each other well and our players might get involved in a battle.”

The quarter-final ties are scheduled to take place on Saturday, January 25, with the matches kicking off at 1.45pm.

It is United’s first season in the competition and they overcame Upton Town 1-0, with a fine strike from George Pearson, in the second round.

Their quarter-final opponents, free-scoring WCT Raiders, are in good form – they are second in the Worcester and District League Division One after 10 wins and just two defeats from 12 matches.

WCT won the competition last season, defeating Badsey Untied 4-3 in a thrilling final.

Morris said: “I play for Perrywood on a Sunday and know a little bit about Raiders.

“A few of their lads from their Sunday side are starring for Westfields in the Midland Alliance.

“We reached the final of the Worcestershire Junior Cup about six years ago and got to play at Worcester City’s old ground. We lost 4-0 to a very good Littleton side.”

Tenbury Town’s opponents, Knowle Reserves are struggling in the Midland Combination Reserves League Division Two.

Knowle are second-bottom in the division, with just two wins from seven matches, having scored just seven goals and conceded 13.

Morris said: “Looking at the various leagues, it would appear that Tenbury Town have received the more favourable draw. But it’s also an away tie and Knowle’s first-team play at a higher level.”

Tenbury Town booked their quarter-final spot after recording a comfortable 4-1 away win against VBL Sports.

Town conceded a goal after just 29 seconds but fought back with an Ashley Botwood treble to win 4-1 against VBL Sports at Martley.

Steve Sumner also pulled off a stunning penalty for Town, while Alex Bright also scored.

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