Saturday Cups: Leeds City on brink of completing season-long objective

Tom Liddell
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BOSS Tom Liddell says Leeds City are champing at the bit to win the biggest competition the area has to offer twice in nine years since formation.

City take on Oxenhope Recreation in Friday night’s West Riding County FA Challenge Cup final at Woodlesford (7.30pm) – three years on from landing the competition for the first time in 2012. And Liddell says the magnitude of a potential repeat success just eight years after the club’s formation cannot be overblown.

Friday’s final is part of City’s bid for an amazing quadruple with the Leeds side also chasing the West Yorkshire League Premier Division title and through to the finals of both the West Yorkshire League Cup and the Leeds & District FA Cup.

Yet there’s no hiding the importance of this Friday’s County Challenge Cup final with Liddell admitting his men will be fulfilling a season-long objective if they are again crowned County kings.

Liddell told the YEP: “We are of course extremely excited to compete in the West Riding County Cup and we previously won it in 2012. It would be an incredible achievement for a team that’s only nine years old to have won it twice and it’s something we aimed for at the very start of the season.

“The lads will be ready for it on Friday and it should be a fascinating encounter against a good Oxenhope side.”

Tonight also sees the final of the West Riding County FA Challenge Trophy take place between Wetherby Athletic Reserves and Tadcaster Magnet, again at Woodlesford, with a 7.30pm kick-off.

In the Leeds & District FA District Cup, Hunslet Club AFC Reserves booked a date in tomorrow night’s Bracken Edge final with the West Yorkshire League’s Beeston St Anthony’s AFC Reserves with a 4-1 win over Beeston’s Yorkshire Amateur League side. Graham Stockdale’s strike failed to save Beeston.