BOSS Dave Harding is already relishing the next instalment of “Fforde on tour” with Chapletown Fforde Grene trundling along nicely in the FA Sunday Cup, writes LEE SOBOT and ROB BHAMBER.
Fforde are now the area’s sole flag-bearers in the competition - but Harding is predicting ample compensation for heart-broken King George in the West Riding FA County Sunday Cup.
Chapeltown roared into the last 32 with Sunday’s 5-1 success at a Liverpool-based Mayfair side featuring former Swansea City star and Leeds United loanee Lee Trundle. A Trundle pile-driver gave Mayfair an early lead but Fforde came storming back to lead 4-1 at the break and record a nap hand of goals through doubles from Dominic Blair and Dempsey Smith, plus one from Eder Ruiz.
It meant an impressive victory against a side that also featured one of Steven Gerrard’s cousins, in a game officiated by Everton star Leighton Baines’ brother. Fforde now face yet another trip to Merseyside at Alder FC in the next round, but there was heartache for Wakefield Sunday League powerhouses King George who led Liverpool-based big guns Pineapple FC 2-0 at Nostell Miners Welfare only to be chinned 3-2.
Goals from Danny Critchlow and Ashley Munton had King George on course for a famous victory, but Fforde boss Harding believes the Wakefield outfit will have every chance of compensation in the next best thing – the West Riding County FA Sunday Cup.
But Fforde still have national glory in their sights with Harding champing at the bit for another trip to Liverpool to face Liverpool Business Houses League leaders Alder FC on December 14.
“We’re used to it and we’re calling it Fforde on tour,” beamed Harding to the YEP. “And we don’t mind going to Liverpool as we’ve got a 100 per cent record there which goes back to about 2007.
“Every time we have played there since, which is five or six times, we have won. It’s going to be tough in the next round and it’s all on the day. You could probably play the game 10 times and have five or six different results.
“But they must be some team this Alder because Mayfair were a good team and yet this Alder are top of their league.”
Fforde looked in trouble on Sunday after Trundle’s stunner but Harding says progression did not come easy with Trundle still having plenty to offer.
Harding said of Trundle: “He’s still got it and you can see why he will win them games. He put them one-nil up from about 25 yards – one touch and bang. They were a very good team and we had to be at our best. They also had a cousin of Steven Gerrard playing and Leighton Baines’ brother was the referee. He was the spitting image of him.”
The Fforde boss also felt sympathy for King George after their gut-wrenching loss but believes the Wakefield outfit could now be the team to beat in the County FA Sunday Cup.
He added: “They were 2-0 up so they’ve been unlucky. But King George are a decent team and I’m sure there’ll be there or thereabouts in the County Cup.”
King George chairman and assistant-manager, Dave Parkinson, added: “I would like to thank everyone involved with the club for their efforts; the players who gave it their all, the staff and all the fans/supporters who came to watch us and take part in what was possibly the biggest game in the club’s history.”