Carlsberg FA Sunday Cup: Thornhill Lees v Chapeltown Fforde Grene preview

Thornhill Lees. PIC: Steve Riding

Thornhill Lees. PIC: Steve Riding

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The Carlsberg FA Sunday Cup takes centre stage once again this weekend, with Thornhill Lees hosting West Yorkshire rivals Chapeltown Fforde Grene.

The only West Yorkshire clubs that remain in the competition go head-to-head to book their place in the quarter-finals in the quest for Sunday league football’s ultimate prize.

Thornhill Lees of the Heavy Woollen Premier haven’t played for over a month and fear they could be a little low on match fitness.

However, Thornhill secretary Martin Brooks said: “It’s a massive game for the club, historically the most important, more so than the two County Cup wins.

“As it’s against Chapeltown its a massive day for the county.”

Chapeltown of the Leeds Combination League Jubilee Premier Division have pedigree in the tournament, having reached the semi-finals five years ago. Manager Phil Harding, however, believes he has a better squad since the merging of Chapeltown and Fforde Green. “Five years ago we had two good teams, now we’ve got one brilliant team,” he said.

The guarantee of one West Yorkshire side in the quarter finals shows the talent that Sunday football has to offer in the area.

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