Men's Cup Final places up for grabs

Stuart Pilgrim finds the net for Beeston against Brooklands

This Sunday the semi-finals of the Men’s Cup take place with City of Peterborough, Beeston, Surbiton and Chichester all hoping to get themselves into the final for a chance to play at Lee Valley where they will be keen to get their hands on the cup.

Surbiton, runners up last year will head into their clash with Chichester in confident mood. As well as a successful league campaign where they have qualified for the league championship playoffs, the Sugden Road outfit’s cup form has been outstanding.

They started their Road to Lee Valley with a 10-1 demolition of Chelmsford, with David Beckett grabbing a brace. Indeed Beckett, who won this competition with Cannock in 2014, has seemingly enjoyed the cup competitions. Surbiton’s No10 helped himself to a double against Chelmsford, five against Plymouth Marjons (in an 11-1 win) and then another brace against University of Birmingham in a 3-1 win in the last round. Beckett is not the only threat and Chichester will have their work cut out to keep a rampant Surbiton quiet.

Surbiton’s opponents Chichester have had a tough season in the league, finishing second bottom in the West Conference, meaning they will have to do battle in the relegation playoffs to secure survival. The cup has been a welcome distraction for the side from West Sussex with a 3-2 win over fellow Conference outfit Fareham, coached by former Chichester man Ben Barnes, kicking off their cup run. A 3-0 win over Bath Buccaneers in the next round was followed by a splendid display to dump out Premier Division Hampstead and Westminster, 4-3. Local bragging rights and a place in the semi finals were secured in the next round when they defeated old foes Havant, 3-1.

The other semi-final will pit Beeston against City of Peterborough. City have had a strong league season, finishing second in the East League behind promoted Wapping. Goals have been easy to come by for City in the league, scoring 64 times. So it has been the case in the cup, too. A 12-1 win over Bourne Deeping was followed up with a 5-1 win over Henley and then a 5-2 win over Banbury.

Waiting for them are Beeston. The Premier Division outfit have had an up and down season by their lofty standards but find themselves on the brink of a knockout final. Having hammered Lindum 8-0 thanks in part to a hat-trick from Stuart Pilgrim, the Bees saw off 2014 finalists Brooklands MU on penalties and then did for Sheffield University Bankers 2-1 in the last round. Beeston have a proud history in the competition and will be desperate to make it to the finals once again.

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