Ledbury Town boss Paul Mann fancies his side’s chances of toppling holders Westfields in the HFA County Challenge Cup

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LEDBURY Town manager Paul Mann says he fancies his side’s chances of toppling holders Westfields in the HFA County Challenge Cup semi-final, writes DANIEL WILKINS.

Town crashed 3-2 to the city club in last season’s final at Edgar Street and Mann believes his underdogs will be a tough nut to crack at their New Street ground.

Mann, a former Westfields boss, said: “I am absolutely delighted with the draw. With our fortress at New Street I think we’ll have a chance and we will fancy our chances of an upset.

“Westfields are the best club side in the county.”

Ledbury are in West Midlands League Division One and have beaten Ross Juniors and Bromyard Town to reach the last four.

“We tend to perform at our best when our backs are against the wall.

“With level that Westfields are playing at, they have to be favourites to go through.

“I the Westfields manager well and I know they will not underestimate us.”

Sean Edwards’ higher-graded Westfields’ side are travelling to New Street on Tuesday, March 4.

Edwards said: “I actually thought we would get drawn away to Ledbury.

“It’s not often that I’m right, but I am this time.”

Westfields, from the Midland Alliance, have won the cup for the past three seasons and Edwards is keen to keep that impressive run going.

They have already beaten Shobdon and Ewyas Harold in this term’s competition.

He said: “We always want to do well in the HFA County Challenge Cup and it would be great to get to another final.”

Edwards doesn’t think the result of last season’s final will have any bearing this term.

He said: “We’re in a different place; we’re firing on all cylinders now.

“But an away match at Ledbury is always going to be tough.”

The winners of the competition will host Hereford United in the Herefordshire FA Senior Cup - match which Westfields won on penalties last year.

Edwards said: “Playing against Hereford United is always a big financial incentive- it is a good curtain raiser.”

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