Hereward Cup set for stormy ties

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Sports Awards - By ALAN SWANN

THE first round draw for the Peter­bor­ough Sun­day Morn­ing League’s Hereward Cup com­pe­ti­tion has thrown up a po­ten­tially stormy tie.

Hold­ers Deep­ing Ath­letic will play away to TSL Rangers in the new year. The pair were also drawn to­gether in the PFA Sun­day Morn­ing Cup first round ear­lier this sea­son when the match was aban­doned by ref­eree Reg Parker fol­low­ing an al­ter­ca­tion with a TSL of­fi­cial.

That in­ci­dent is still un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the PFA, although it’s likely Deep­ing will be awarded the tie. The Premier Divi­sion side will start the Hereward Cup tie as favourites against First Divi­sion TSL.

Deep­ing beat Coco’s in the fi­nal last sea­son and the city-based side should see off Divi­sion One whip­ping boys Wood­ston Rovers in their first round match.

Pick of the first round matches are a tie be­tween Premier Divi­sion heavy­weights Park­way and Nether­ton and the clash be­tween top-flight Coates and First Divi­sion ti­tle favourites Peter­bor­ough Town.

Town, who were formed last sea­son as Cres­set FC, have never lost a Sun­day Morn­ing fix­ture and they knocked Nether­ton out of the PFA Sun­day Morn­ing Cup ear­lier this month.

Town, as Cres­set, also won the Peter­bor­ough Sun­day Morn­ing League’s Mc­Cain Cup last sea­son, but they can’t de­fend it as they play their league foot­ball in too high a divi­sion.

The draw for the first round of that com­pe­ti­tion has also been made and again it’s pro­duced an­other po­ten­tially awk­ward fix­ture.

Divi­sion Three ri­vals Hamp­ton Re­serves and Farcet United Re­serves have been drawn to­gether. Their re­cent league meet­ing in­cluded a fist-fight and two red cards.

Hereward Cup first round draw:

Coates Ath­letic v Peter­bor­ough Town, TSL Rangers v Deep­ing Ath­letic, Lan­caster Bombers v Farcet United, Park­way v Nether­ton United, Coco’s v Wood­ston, Nether­ton United Res v Premier Dec­o­ra­tors, Hamp­ton Sports v Lime Tree. Bye: Gold­hay Rangers. Mc­cain Cup first round draw: Sports Lounge v Fen­land Po­lice, West Town v Longueville, Hamp­ton Sports Res v Farcet United Res, Jager Bombers v Artemis, REC Whit­tle­sey v Plough­man, Hal­cyon v AFC Bret­ton, Cross Keys v Diesel Power, Park­way Res v Wind­mill, Brother­hoods Works v SB Coop­ers. Byes: Py­ro­vi­sion Galaxy, West Town Res, Peter­bor­ough Ath­letic, Crow­land, Boro Bar Ul­tras, Guy­hirn, Park­side.

TOUGH DRAW: Deep­ing Ath­letic, pic­tured left, af­ter win­ning the cup last year and, right, ac­tion from last year’s Hereward Cup fi­nal.

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