THE town of Bromyard will be split this weekend as Bromyard Colts take on Casuals in the Herefordshire Sunday League Premier Division.
Top-of-the-table Bromyard can go a step closer to the title when they host their rivals.
Shelton Cup holders, Casuals, are a surprise package in their debut season in the premier division and are determined to sour Colts’ season.
Casuals manager Robert Nosworthy said: “We won the HFA Cup and the Shelton Cup last season, so teams should respect us, and we’ve done well this season.
“A lot of the players know each other from Bromyard, and the rivalry is born from that.
“Now we’ve consolidated, our main aim is to stop the Colts from winning the league, that’s all we want.”
Colts boss Stephen Corbett is certain that family ties can lead to a derby-day victory.
Four members of the Corbett family play for the Colts, but the manager will be looking for his cousin Paul Corbett to produce the goods.
“Paul is in his first year of university and travels back from Reading every week to play for us. It’s amazing. He makes the difference in the team.
“It’s a massive game against the Casuals, we all know each other and it’s all about playing for the bragging rights. This is one particular fixture, we had big crowds and a lot of exchanges over social network sites, before and after the game.” When asked about his side’s title credentials, the 25 year-old said: “Ledbury Allstars beat us all the time, but we’re top of the league for a reason this time round.
“We’ve definitely got a good shot. The players are playing with confidence, and we go into every game expecting to win now. It can make us more nervous, but we can handle that.”