Match Preview: Sunday Challenge Cup

Sunday Challenge Cup @ Newcastle Town, Thursday 23rd March


  • Churnet Valley vs Loggerheads
  • Thursday 23rd March - 7:30pm
  • Newcastle Town, Buckmaster Ave, Newcastle-under-Lyme, ST5 3BX
  • Adults £5.00 / Concession £3.00 / U16s Free

Churnet Valley
Churnet Valley, based in Stoke, have had a mixed season in Division One of the Uttoxeter & District Sunday League at the time of writing. The team plays their home games at the Davies Worthington Sports Ground. As of now, they are sitting 6th in the table after playing seven games, where they have won three, drawn two, and lost two. Despite their mid-table position, Churnet Valley has put in some impressive performances in the league. Their two losses came against tough opponents - Bulls Head Marchington and Alton FC, who are placed third and second in the league, respectively. The team has a history of performing well in the Staffordshire FA Cup competitions. They won this very competition back in the 2018-19 season with a 5-2 victory over Chesterton Grange. This is a testament to their ability to rise to the occasion and compete against strong opponents. Looking forward, Churnet Valley will be aiming to build on their recent performances and climb up the league table. With a mix of experienced players and promising young talent, they have the potential to challenge the top teams in the league and make their mark in the Staffordshire football scene.

Churnet Valley’s Route To The Final
Round 1 - Churnet Valley 4-4 The Queens (Pelsall) (4-3 pens)
Round 2 - Adderley Green First 1-6 Churnet Valley
Quarter-Final - Churnet Valley 2-2 Canal Tavern (5-4 pens)
Semi-Final - Churnet Valley 2-0 The Park Inn F.C. Red house

Loggerheads Football Club, founded in 1969, has been a fixture of the Staffordshire football scene for over five decades. The team, which is a member of the Coors Sunday Football League, has had a successful run this season and is currently in third place in the Emerys Builders Merchants Division One. The team’s strong record this season, with only two losses in ten games, suggests that they have a good chance of securing the title. The Loggerheads have made significant progress in recent years, particularly with regards to their home ground, Burntwood Loggerheads. They have been  successful in acquiring changing rooms and showers, which are important facilities for any football team. These facilities will undoubtedly provide a more comfortable and professional environment for the players, which could contribute to their future success. In addition to their success in securing better facilities, the Loggerheads have also made it to the Coors Division One cup final. They will face off against Black Cock FC on Tuesday 18th April at Lyme Valley Stadium (Newcastle Town). This is a fantastic opportunity for the team to potentially secure some silverware.

Loggerheads’ Route To The Final
Round 1 - Queensberry AFC 0-3 Loggerheads
Round 2 - Penkridge F.C. 0-3 Loggerheads
Quarter-Final - Loggerheads 2-0 Seighford A
Semi-Final - Loggerheads 4-2 Littleton Arms

Match Officials
Referee: Tim Turner 
Assistant Referee: Matt Warrilow
Assistant Referee: Jack Linnel
4th Official: Stuart Mallows

Match Programme
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