Senior Challenge Cup Preview

Tuesday 16 April: Leek Town vs Rushall Olympic @ bet365 Stadium. 7:45pm kick off.


  • Leek Town vs Rushall Olympic 
  • Tuesday 16th April – 7:45pm 
  • bet365 Stadium, Stanley Matthews Way, Stoke-on-Trent, ST4 4EG
  • Adults £10.00 / Concessions £5.00 / U16s FREE

Leek Town and Rushall Olympic are set to go head-to-head for the coveted title at Stoke City's bet365 Stadium on Tuesday, April 16th, kick-off 7:45pm.

In a repeat of last season's final, this promises to be yet another exciting clash. Leek Town have beaten the likes of Hednesford Town, Chasetown and Stoke City to reach this final this season, whilst current holders Rushall Olympic have seen off Lichfield City, Eccleshall and Kidsgrove Athletic.

Last season's final looked to be heading the distance with neither side able to break the deadlock. Leek had a huge chance with 3 minutes of the 90 remaining as Stevenson found himself one on one with the Rushall 'keeper, but Weaver saved well. As the fourth official indicated a minimum of 4 minutes added time, Rushall began to pile on the pressure, and two minutes into the added four they found the breakthrough. Fletcher danced his way through the Leek defence before placing his shot right into the bottom corner.

Leek Town
Leek Town have had a remarkable season, clinching promotion from the Northern Premier League West as champions. With an impressive tally of 78 points from 36 league matches, they suffered only six defeats throughout the league campaign. Their journey in the FA Cup was equally noteworthy, though they narrowly missed out on advancing to the first round proper after a 3-1 loss to National League side AFC Fylde. Despite a spirited effort, Josh Brehaut’s squad couldn’t overcome their full-time opponents. Leek Town has previously clinched the Senior Challenge Cup once in 1996 and has been finalists on ten occasions.

Rushall Olympic
Rushall Olympic have relished their debut season in the National League North, having earned promotion in the previous campaign. Currently positioned just two spots above the relegation zone with one league fixture left, the are determined to secure their status. They aim to win the Senior Challenge Cup for the 5th time, and go in to the final as current holders.

Supporters cannot buy tickets in advance of the fixture, but they can pay cash or card on the turnstiles at the bet365 Stadium. Turnstiles will open 6:45pm and supporters can gain access through turnstiles 3-7 in the West Stand Lower. Supporters will be situated in blocks 12 & 13.

Car Parking
Parking is FREE for all supporters on a first-come first-served basis in the main West Stand car park.

Match Officials
Referee: Ollie Yates 
Assistant 1: Ben Stott
Assistant 2: Ashley Critchlow 
4th Official: Niall Smith 

Match Programme
The match programme is exclusively available in a fully digital format, providing you with the convenience of accessing and downloading it online. To view the match programme, all you need to do is click here or view in the window below. There will be no physical match programmes available for purchase on the day of the fixture. With the digital match programme, you can easily access it at any time, whether you are at home, in transit or at the event, making it a convenient and efficient option for all attendees.