Champs stand in the way of Walsden’s trophy ambitions

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Two cup showdowns with Fothergill and Whittles will determine whether Walsden C & FC’s second season in the Rochdale Online Alliance is one to remember.

Walsden face the champions at Kingsway on Saturday in the quarter-finals of the President’s Cup.

The winners will be favourites to go on and lift the trophy as the two sides have filled the top two places in the league.

The pair also meet in the final of the Chairman’s Cup, at Rochdale Town on Friday, May 15 (7.0).

Walsden manager Dan Howley and players Paul Marrow, Josh and Joe Gale, Danny Brown and Cameron Hanson will miss cricket matches on Saturday in a bid to get the football team through to the semi-final.

However, Jamie Shackleton and Stevie Barker have opted to don their whites rather than football boots.

The two meetings this season between the sides have resulted in a 3-3 draw and a 3-2 win for Fothergill and Whittles in what was effectively the league decider recently.

That second meeting was on a small pitch and Howley is hoping Walsden can turn the tables on a bigger pitch.

“I am fairly confident because I think we are the better footballing side,” he said.

Gary Brierley could sit out the quarter final after fracturing his wrist in the semi-final win over Rochdale Asia.

Todmorden Athletic Under Eights did themselves proud in the Calderdale Junior World Cup at The Shay on Bank Holiday Monday.

After goalless draws against Ryburn Juniors and Thackley Storm, Frank Cooper scored the only goal late on against Guiseley Blues.

Will Hammond equalised in a 1-1 draw with Northowram and Tod finished with a 4-0 win and then a goalless draw.