Singh Sabha 'confident' of winning the 100th edition of the Ascot & Fielden Charity Cup
PICTURE: Singh Sabha has already won the League Cup this season and are bidding for a treble this season. The second leg is the 100th edition of the League Cup final where they will meet Southcote at Ascot United on Friday night. PHOTO: Gary House Photography.
Singh Sabha manager, Zufran Asghar, is confident that his team will achieve one of their main objectives this season and win the Ascot & Fielden Charity Cup.
Sabha take on Southcote, a rising force in the East Berkshire League, in the final at The Racecourse Ground, Ascot United on Friday night (7.30pm).
It is a very special season for the Ascot Cup, now in its 100th year as a competition, and cup specialists Singh Sabha, who have already won the League Cup in this campaign, are determined to lift more silverware.
PICTURE: Southcote take on Singh Sabha in the 100th year of the Ascot & Fielden Charity Cup final at the Racecourse Ground, Ascot United on Friday night (7.45pm)
Asghar said: “We’re looking good. We haven’t played in many matches since our last final unfortunately, due to our opposition withdrawing because of their availability.
“We’ve been training however, and getting together on a Sunday, so the squad is looking good.
“We will be preparing for the final this week with a game on Tuesday, a few days before so, hopefully, some good last-minute preparations. We will be pretty confident.
“Our last game was in the League Cup final, so that will definitely put us in good stead going into this match.”
Asghar however, is not underestimating the threat Southcote will pose in the final. The young team has eliminated three Premier Division sides en route to the main event including a high-scoring win at Britwell in the semi finals, and have a chance at promotion from Division One in their first season in the league.
He said: “I don’t really know much about Southcote to be honest but, for them to beat teams like Britwell to get to the final, they must be a good side. I’ve seen their results in this Cup competition and they’ve beaten three Premier Division teams, so they’ll pose a good test and threat as well.
“They’ll give us a good game and I wouldn’t be surprised if it's a close one. For them to get to the final is a huge achievement, so they’ll definitely be up for it and have nothing to lose. They’ll give it their best shot and I’m sure it’ll be a great game
PICTURE: Singh Sabha have already won the League Cup this season and, in the final two weeks of the campaign, can add the Ascot & Fielden Charity Cup and the Premier Division title.
“I fully believe in our team. We have the quality and, so long as we play to our strengths and to the game plan, I’m sure we will win.
“But, you can never underestimate any opposition and Southcote have done well to get this far. They’ve had a great season in division one as well, so I’m sure they’ll give us a good test on Friday.”
On Singh Sabha’s seasonal objectives, Asghar added: “It was one of our objectives and goals to win the cup at the beginning of the season, and that hasn’t changed. In the past, we’ve entered a few times and not progressed well but, this time it was one of our main goals to win the cup, and to get to the final is great.
“We’ve had to ride our luck a few times in this competition to get to the final but we’ve made it and, on the day, it’s anyones game.
“I hope that we stick to our game plan and play to our strengths, and I’m sure we will win.
“It will be a great spectacle and something that we’re relishing being a part of, and may the best team win on the day.”
Singh Sabha will prepare for the cup final with a trip to Frontline in the Premier Division on Tuesday night (7pm), when a win would see them go four points clear at the top of the table.
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