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Orleton Colts and Woofferton set for Leintwardine Cup final appearance
9:00am Thursday 21st March 2013 in Sport
ORLETON Colts manager Kristian Morgan insists his side shouldn’t be classed as underdogs in this season’s Leintwardine Cup final.
Orleton play one tier below their opponents, Woofferton, in Division Two of the Herefordshire Football League.
But Morgan, a former Woofferton player, fancies Orleton’s chances at Leintwardine’s Paytoe Lane ground on Good Friday (March 29).
“The final will be tight but Woofferton are definitely beatable,” said Morgan, whose side have dumped Weobley and Woofferton Colts out of this season’s competition.
“If we play our game we are the better team, and that’s what we plan to do. We want to play our style of football and that should be enough on the day.”
Higher-graded Woofferton are battling for survival in Division One and have reached the final after shooting down Shobdon and Tenbury Town.
Woofferton secretary Dave ‘Magnum’ Thomas is a former Orleton player and he’s confident his side will rise to the occasion.
“It would be an upset if Orleton beat us - the fact is they are in a league below us,” said Thomas.
“Their confidence will be high, but that doesn’t affect how we will approach the final.
“We have a 70-30 chance of winning the game and we have no fear.
“We know them pretty well so they won’t be able to spring any surprises on us.”
But Morgan believes his inside knowledge on Woofferton’s players should benefit Orleton.
“I know them well, including their main threat, which is Simon Bradley,” said Morgan.
“Bradley’s a very good player, but we are confident of handling him and we have good players in our side.
“I think they will be afraid of what Martin Jones can do for us. Because we know each other so well, it makes the final an even bigger occasion.”
Morgan added: “If we can win the cup then we will be going all-out for a league and cup double.”
l The final at Paytoe Lane in Leintwardine, will kick off at 5pm on Good Friday (March 29).