Shropshire Cup Preliminary Round Preview

There are three Shropshire Cup Preliminary Round games tonight. Holders of the Consolation Cup, the cup that the Shropshire one has replaced, Adderley start off their campaign to retain it. They take on Wrockwardine Wood at Crescent and captain Gary Whitehall says the club "will definitely be doing our best to defend the trophy but unfortunately we have players committed to other leagues on a Wednesday night so are not at our strongest. We are sitting top of the Whitchurch League at the moment and Wrockwardine Wood are doing very well in the Mid-Shropshire so it should be a good competitive match." Wrockwardine captain Allan Gaut knows "Adderley will be difficult opposition. They won the Consolation Cup last season against a very competitive Donnington team. Selection of our team was not actually difficult as we have two teams from Mid-Shropshire Division One. However four of our regular division one players are ineligible to play as they have each moved up once to play. I think if we are on our best form we can get a result on a neutral green." Allan thinks that the rule about Premier League players not being eligible to play in the Shropshire Cup should be changed as "he believes it is very harsh. It should be changed to 'anyone in the Premier League registered 12 is ineligible in the Shropshire Cup.' Maybe it is worth a proposal for next season." The two other ties sees a North Shropshire Derby between Wem USC and Prees on Chester Road Ladies green. Wem are in Division 3 of the Tanners League while Prees are in Division One of the Whitchurch and Market Drayton leagues so they will start as favourites. The other game sees Mid Shropshire Division Two leaders Highley take on Division One opposition in Sinclair on Donnington Wood old green. Highley will fancy their chances of an upset but Sinclair have started well themselves in Division One this season. Two other Preliminary Ties will take place on Wednesday 1st June. Trench play Bricklayers and Horsehay play Crescent on Atcham.

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