PEGASUS Juniors’ midfielder Adam Newbury says he won’t need motivating for next Tuesday’s HFA County Challenge Cup semi-final.
The 21-year-old is facing city rivals Westfields, the holders, whom he helped to a record-breaking 11th County Cup triumph last April.
“I am looking forward to the Westfields’ match - I can’t wait,” said central-midfielder Newbury, who has joined Pegasus after a spell at Newbridge-on-Wye.
“It will be a good game and it should be close. They are not getting the results they want and Pegasus have been getting the results we want.”
Newbury, a former Birmingham City reserve, played 70 minutes in Westfields’ 3-0 cup final success over Ewyas Harold last season.
The Herefordshire lad has just served a one-match ban for a sending-off and is revelling from the birth of his first son, Arthur, who is 10 weeks old.
“I am enjoying playing every week,” said Newbury.
“I am sure that everyone at Pegasus will be up for it. There have been a few changes at Westfields and a lot of new faces.”
Next Tuesday’s tie at Old School Lane will be decided on the night and the winners will meet Ledbury Town at Edgar Street at the end of the season.
Westfields manager Sean Edwards expects a tough test against Hereford rivals Pegasus.
“Pegasus will be a tough game - a lot of the players in their side are ex-Westfields players,” said Edwards.
“They’ve got a goal-scorer in Chris Mortlock, a battler in Sam Harrison, Stuart Turpin is a good goalkeeper, and Adam Newbury is a smashing lad.
“Adam did well for us last season but I couldn’t guarantee him a match every week. He will be out to prove a point.”
Edwards said ex-Pegasus skipper Bobby Aldrich suffered knee ligament damage on Boxing Day and will miss the rest of the season.
Joel Edwards is on holiday in Australia until the end of next month and Craig Jones faces a one-match suspension.
“If our league game is called off on Saturday, then Craig’s one-match ban would be the Pegasus game,” said boss Edwards.
“The county cup final is important but perhaps more important is winning it and then getting Hereford United in pre-season.
“We lost 2-0 against Hereford United this season but we gave them a good game and we beat them two seasons ago.”