Walsden chase second cup

Walsden chase second cup
Walsden chase second cup

Manager Dan Howley will be “very disappointed” if Walsden C & FC are unable to complete a nine-day cup double on Saturday.

Walsden play Rochdale Asia in the Rochdale Online Alliance’s President’s Cup final at Rochdale Town’s ground (2.0).

It will be a second trip to Mayfield Sports Centre in quick succession for Howley’s men after their 3-0 win over champions Fothergill and Whittles in last Friday’s Chairman’s Cup final.

Walsden lost to Rochdale Asia with a much-weakened team early in the season but have beaten their final opponents twice since, including a 2-1 semi-final success in the other cup.

“I will be very disappointed if we don’t do the double,” said Howley. “We will be playing on a decent-sized pitch and that will suit us.”

Walsden earned their second final appearance with a 2-0 win over Rochdale Sacred Heart in a scrappy game at Firgrove on Monday.

They were below their best in a goalless first half when they felt they got a raw deal from the referee.

However, James Peavoy and Paul Marrow headed in free-kicks within 10 minutes of each other in the second period to clinch victory.

The downside was the broken wrist suffered by Cameron Hanson, which rules the centre back out of the final.

“He will be a massive miss for us,” said Howley, who could start Peavoy in midfield and drop Danny Welsh to defence.

Glynn Claxton saved a late penalty on Monday and he will continue to between the sticks.

Peavoy was a scorer in last week’s final, Joe Gale and a Danny Brown penalty accounting for the other goals.

Howley said: “It was a pretty convincing win. They had a good first 10 minutes but we dominated after that.

“We kept possession well and created lots of chances.”