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Minsterbelles contest County Cup final this Sunday

By Olly Wood | 5th May 2022

The Minsterbelles are back on the road for the third straight game as they take a break from league action for a much-anticipated County Cup final against Redcar Town.

Having bounced back last Sunday with an important 1-5 win in the first North Yorkshire derby of the season away at Harrogate, City now have their attention on potential silverware.

Last season York managed to get to the County Cup final where they were beaten by a solitary goal against Middlesbrough Reserves

This year’s competition has seen York beat Boro Rangers 0-5 and Richmond Town 1-7 before being given a walkover win in the semi-final as York RI failed to honour the fixture.

This weekend’s opponents run to the final has seen them beat Poppleton Tigers 19-0, Redcar Athletic 11-0 and the current holders Middlesbrough Reserves 0-2.

The two sides have met twice in the league this season with York winning both ties, 0-1 away and 4-2 at home.

Redcar currently sit fourth in the league still with an outside chance of making the top two with games in hand on the sides above but league matters take a back seat with a trophy on the line this weekend.

City manager Chris Hamilton is excited for the final as he takes the time to look ahead, he said: “We are really looking forward to the match.

“One of the targets at the start of the season was to get to the County Cup final alongside challenging for the league so to be doing both at the end of the season is pleasing.”

Hamilton is hopeful the players who tasted defeat at the same stage last season are ready to set the record straight this time around.

He continued: “I think the players that are still with us from the final last season will remember the feeling of losing it and we want to make sure they don’t feel that again this year. I am sure the players will be focussed on what they need to do on Sunday.”

Despite sitting top of the league and having played Redcar twice already this season the manager is ready for anything this Sunday, “Redcar are a good side, they have some dangerous players that can hurt you, so we need to make sure we are switched on throughout the game.

“It’s a one-off game and your league form doesn’t mean much in a final so I think it’s got potential to be a really exciting game.”

That excitement extends to a potential League and Cup double this campaign but Hamilton refuses to get carried away, “It would be great to achieve that considering where we were two years ago but for us we need to concentrate on the final first”, he concluded.

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