Queens Park will head into this fixture on the back of a very memorable season which saw them not only win WNL Premier in stunning fashion but also gain promotion to the Cymru Alliance. Nevertheless, Queens Park manager Martin Ford is not treating the game as a walk in the park.
“It’s never going to be a easy game for us they will be wanting to put one over us after we beat them twice last season one of them games we won 8-1 at there place; they are a young team gaining more experience and will be a force in years too come.”
Ford is also excited at the prospect of his team earning more silverware ahead of the new season which would top off a memorable year for the club.
“My lads know what’s expected of them and I know what we’re capable of when we are on our game and teams couldn’t live with us last season so it will be nice to play for a trophy we haven’t won before that’s for sure”
The Queens Park boss will be embracing the opportunity to compete in the fixture and prepare for the lively season as it prepares his player for the Cymru Alliance season ahead.
“I personally think it’s a good competitive fixture in our build up for the Cymru Alliance, a massive crowd is expected at Stansty Park, playing in front of massive crowds is something we will get used to more next season so to me it’s perfect build up for the lads to get used to playing in front of big crowds”
On the other side of the pitch, Cefn Albion boss Sean Jones is eager to avenge the losses suffered to Queens Park during last season and replicate their cup success.
“We don’t mind the underdogs label one bit. We are very confident in our own ability to give any team a very good test this season.”
“We have planned around the match with training and friendlies and we also feel it will help us get into our stride a bit earlier than others hopefully! Also it will be great that both teams are doing there bit once again by raising money for charity.”
Albion captain Paul Griffiths also gave his opinion of the tough fixture ahead as he eyes the opportunity to lift the cup this afternoon.
“Truth be told whether we are the underdogs or the favourites, as players we will approach the fixture in the exact same manner. We know all about Queens Park from last season so we know what they will bring to the table but we will work hard in training and concentrate on ourselves.”
“We know that on our day we can provide a stern test for most teams in and around our level.”
And the opportunity to win a trophy is as good as motivator as any…
“Since we formed in 2013 the club has been fortunate to collect at least one piece of silverware for each season so if we did come out on top on Saturday then we would continue that trend without even kicking off the new league campaign.”
“The fixture also gives us an opportunity to test ourselves against another good outfit from a league above. As a player you want to test yourself against good teams and good players.”