Macron Challenge Cup Final - Barnoldswick Town v City of Liverpool
Mon 15th May 2017 | Challenge Cup | By Ian Templeman
Barnoldswick Town and City of Liverpool will round off the Hallmark Security League season on Tuesday night, when they go head to head in the Macron Challenge Cup final at Fleetwood Town's Highbury Stadium.
It's the first ever meeting of the two clubs, and the respective build ups to the game could hardly be more different.
Since the final day of the league season on the 29th April, Barnoldswick Town have been building up to the game with training sessions, while City of Liverpool have played in the Reusch Cup final against Sandbach United and negotiated a play off semi final against Whitchurch Alport and then Saturday's play off final win at Litherland REMYCA.
The difference in the build up has, of course, given Barnoldswick Town manager Danny Craig plenty of opportunity to get some up to date information on his opponents, and he says he is impressed with what he has seen.
"We have done our homework on them", Danny admitted. "I've seen enough to know they are a very honest, hard working side and they have ability all over the pitch.
"Simon Burton knows what he's doing, he's an experienced manager and he has them well organised. That's exactly what I expected, and I'm looking forward to it
"We've had two weeks between the end of the season and the final to do our preparation and train properly, and make sure the players are appraised of everything they need.
"It will be a great night for the supporters and the committee that work so hard, and of course the players deserve it as well".
For City of Liverpool manager Simon Burton, Tuesday night is an opportunity to round off a memorable first season with yet another trophy, after clinching promotion at the weekend.
"This season was all about getting promotion, that's what it was about, getting us up into the Premier Division, and I feel like on Tuesday I can go there and relax and enjoy it", he said.
"I managed to catch Barnoldswick a couple of times before the end of the season. I decided to go and have a look at them at Runcorn Town in a league game, and I also saw the semi final at Bootle (the second leg in which Barnoldswick won 3-2)
"So I am glad I took that opportunity to go and see them, but of course their manager has had plenty of time to come and look at our players and how we set up, so maybe he has got a bit of an advantage there.
"But we've had a lot of big game experience this season, with four cup semi finals, a cup final, a play off semi final and a play off final, and I think that showed on Saturday.
"We have got a lot of momentum behind us now, we have won a cup, won the play offs, and we can take that into this cup final. It's a nice pitch at Fleetwood, hopefully we will be able to get the ball down and fingers crossed we can get the result".
The game kicks off at 7.45 pm and will be played to a finish on the night, with extra time and penalties if necessary.
Admission charges for the final will be:
Adults £6.00, Concessions £4.00, Children under 12 £2.00
Entry is via payment at the turnstiles on the night.