Division One side Chiseldon sit 12th out of 13 teams in the first division with only 2 wins in the league so far yet find themselves in the semi-final of the cup.
Whilst their league form has been poor, that can’t be said for the cup run. They have been drawn against Premier division teams in their last two cup outings and have more than stood up to the challemge.
Their manager, Dan Webb has struggled to explain why their league form isn’t better.
“It’s difficult to pin-point why our league form has been inconsistent at best and we have struggled to get results.” said Webb.
“Throughout the season I have had to chop and change the the side which certainly hasn’t helped but we generally haven’t been good enough this year.”
“However, in the cup games I’ve have managed to pick a settled side and this has paid off. The good news is I have a full squad to pick from this weekend so hopefully this omen will continue.”.
Chiseldon’s season opener saw them host their semi-final opponents Wroughton Res. They lost the game heavily 9-2 with the return fixture also going Wroughton’s way as they pick up 3 points with a 4-1 win.
This will surely have a negative effect on the Chiseldon players but Webb wasn’t so sure.
“I expect the players to put any negative thoughts behind them and focus on the game in hand. We did this in the previous cup games and I expect more of the same.”
“We had a great physical battle with Wroughton in the last game and if it wasn’t for a few injuries during the game, we could have taken something from it. Wroughton have some quality players in their side but so do we.”
“We’ve already beaten two Premier Division sides to get this far so anything can happen in the cup.”
With Chiseldon struggling at the bottom of the league and Wroughton sitting mid-table, both teams will be looking towards the cup to try and pick up some silverware this season.
When asked if he thought Chiseldon would be in the Final, Webb smiled and noted “All the pressure is all on Wroughton. Everyone will be expecting them to beat a team struggling at the bottom of the league so they have everything to lose, just like the others team we’ve beaten on this cup run.”
“We have no pressure on us and everything to gain. Let’s see what happens.”