AFC EMLEY’S Welfare Ground is the venue for the Get Smart Insurance Challenge Cup final between Black Bull and Athletico Monkey tomorrow (11.00).
The sides have contrasting histories, with Black Bull having experience of the final, being runners-up last season to Britannia Sports, whereas Monkey are making their debut in the showpiece.
In the league, Bull recently beat Monkey 7-0, but the Armitage Bridge side were unable to field a strong team that day, and they have got their share of injury problems ahead of tomorrow’s contest.
Black Bull reached the final by beating Field Head 3-1, Woodfield Park 3-1 and Britannia 4-0, while Athletico Monkey defeated Town Boys 2-1, Barr Street 5-0 and Craven 7-2.
Black Bull (from): Matthew Thorpe, Carl Auckland, Gary Bradley, Damian Sykes, David Gill, Scott Sykes, John Lockwood, Sam Haigh, Jason Thorpe, Danny Simpson, Scott Fulton, Lee Bradley, Adam Wilson, Josh Ingham, Danny Ingham, Robert Barnes, Andy Brook.
Manager: Andy Brook. Assistant: Jason Thorpe.
Athletico Monkey: Stuart Andrews, Scott Nolan, Barry Dawson, Alex Dobson, Adam Fell, Andrew Roberts, Dave Mitchell, Jonathan Pearson, Sam Barraclough, Liam Walton, Alex Griffiths, Will Davison, Richard Evans, Aiden Ellis, Josh Dobson, Dean Siddiq, Ben Dobson, Matthew Elston, Alastair Delooze, Anthony Dobson, Damian Chadwick.
Manager: Gareth Shaw. Coach: Damian Chadwick.
Referee: John Wozniak. Assistants: Vic Murray, Michael Coles.
Waterloo BC are Division I champions after seeing off the challenge of Town Boys.
Town Boys had seemed in good shape to take the title, but lost 2-1 to Division II outfit Woodfield Park and then dropped two points against Waterloo in a 1-1 draw.
In Waterloo’s clash with title rivals Town Boys the first half went with the form book and Boys seemed to have the luck required to take the crown.
Despite creating chances through Lloyd James, Waterloo went into the break a goal down after Aaron Murray’s smart finish from 18 yards.
The second half saw Waterloo fight their way back into the game. Leading scorer Stephen Campbell pounced when Town Boys failed to clear a corner leaving him to smash in his 16th goal of the season.
Waterloo then earned a 4-0 inter-divisional victory over Park as they wrapped up the title.
Elliot Webster finished a smart move to put the home side ahead and T om Mitchell added the second before Campbell struck again.
Woodfield Park did have their chances but Mitchell went on to net his second.
If Town Boys drop points in their two remaining games they could lose the runners-up spot to Britannia Sports, who beat Black Bull 4-3 on Wednesday.
In the relegation battle First Huddersfield are down having finished bottom and in the tussle to retain First Division status between Craven and Athletico Monkey, it was Craven who ensured survival after Wednesday’s 1-1 draw between the two sides.
The result leaves Monkey in the relegation position with each team finishing on 31 points, but Craven having the advantage on a ‘head-to-head’ countback on the results between the pair.
Craven’s scorer was Dave Brennan, while James Atkinson netted for Monkey.
In Division II, HD One are champions having finished on 38 points, with Helion claiming runners-up spot four points behind.
Meltham won the District FA Saturday Cup final 1-0 against Westend with an Alex Gee strike settling the contest.
For full report and pictures see Tuesday’s Examiner Sport.