Herald Cup Semi Preview: Spurs Manager Confident Ahead of Biggest Game
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Defending SDFL league champions Buckland Athletic Reserves may be odds-on favourites to reach their fourth Herald Cup final in five seasons tonight, but proud Newton Abbot Spurs Reserves co-manager Matt Barrett is looking forward to upsetting the odds in tonight’s derby semi-final at Bovey Tracey F.C. (7.30pm kick-off).
“There is a great buzz in the squad around tonight’s game,” revealed Barrett. “There’s obviously no pressure on us tonight and we are free to enjoy the occasion. The pressure is all on them really, but quietly we are confident we can spring an upset. Our recent form is very good and we are at full strength tonight.”
In fact, Spurs moved into the top six of the Premier Division last weekend with their sixth win of the season.
Buckland, who were sensationally knocked out by Division One outfit Beesands in last season’s quarter-finals, currently sit third in the Premier Division, ten points behind leaders – and Herald Cup holders – Watcombe Wanderers, over whom they have five games in hand.
If Barrett and his side can overcome their neighbours it will leave Barrett 90 minutes from his first trophy as Spurs boss. “I’m very proud as it is to manage at a great club like Spurs,” he said. ” But this is an especially proud moment and the biggest game I’ve ever been involved in.
“Games between Spurs and Buckland are always big games but this one is special. Being involved in these games are what it’s all about at local level and if we can perform as I know we can, then I think we will surprise a few.”
Tonight’s winners will take on the victors of Sunday afternoon’s clash between Belli Cup holders Waldon Athletic and Division Two high-fliers Roselands.