Macron Challenge Cup Final - Burscough v Widnes
Mon 14th May 2018 | Challenge Cup | By Ian Templeman
Burscough and Widnes will contest the Macron Challenge Cup final at Fleetwood Town’s impressive Highbury Stadium this coming Tuesday evening, May 15th.
The League One club and former member of our League are once again hosting the final, and the scene is set for what promises to be a fascinating encounter.
It’s fair to say that Widnes will start as favourites, having finished 46 points ahead of Burscough in the league, on their way to clinching promotion to the Evo-Stik League.
But Burscough put in a string of impressive performances in the closing weeks of the season, winning six of their last seven games to finish eight points clear of the relegation zone.
After such a strong end to the season, Burscough manager Dave Sutton believes that the final could be an important step in the club's plans to push on next season.
"The club hasn't been in a final in 15 years when they won the big one, when Shaun Teale was here (the FA Trophy final in 2003), and they were paying good money then", said Dave.
"If we can win, and having stayed in the league as well, that would be a good season for us. We've got a decent set of lads and we can then build on that for next season.
"We have lost both league games against Widnes, but I thought we should have taken something from the games as we were the better team in spells.
"We always seem to play well against the top sides and lose against the lower teams.
"But I don't mind who we are playing really, we are in the final and that is all that matters.
“We have achieved something to reach a cup final, and if we win and get a team photo of the team holding up the cup, then what more could you want?"
Meanwhile, Widnes joint-managers Steve Akrigg and Kevin Towey are equally keen to finish the season on a high, and Steve says that everyone at the club is looking forward to the game.
"We have pulled some great results out in cups this season, and the Macron Cup final is a great way to finish the season, it’s a huge game for us", said Steve.
"We have got to the tail end of the season, we've won promotion and got to a cup final, and we've got to finish it off now.
"Burscough are a side we know very well, and they have done great to get to the final, while still fighting for survival. The most important thing is to finish the job off, as we don’t want to get there and fall at the final hurdle.
"It’s not that often that you get to cup finals, unless you happen to be in certain teams that do get to finals a lot, or you happen to be one of those lucky players who moves to a club who get to finals a lot.
"It might be the only cup final some players will ever play in, so to get to a final played at Fleetwood Town is great. Some lads at this level might never play at grounds like that.
"I played at the ground when Fleetwood Town were in the Evo-Stik League, and obviously I know it has come on in leaps and bounds since then.
“It’s a great venue, I’m sure the lads will enjoy playing there and it will be great if we could come home with the trophy too".
The game kicks off at 7.45 pm and admission is by cash payment at the turnstiles. Prices are: £6 adults (aged 16 and over), £4 concessions (Over 65’s,students and 12-16 year olds) and £2 for under 12s.