PREVIEW: SATURDAY AMATEUR CUP FINAL
Birmingham County Football Association’s County Cup Final season gets underway on Saturday 6 April, with this year’s Saturday Amateur Cup reaching its conclusion in what will be the first showpiece in the closing stages of the 2019/20 season.
Taking place at the Walter Goodman Stadium, the home of the Birmingham County FA, this year’s Saturday Amateur Cup Final will see Highgate United’s Under-21s take on their counterparts from Tamworth Football Club, with the final kicking-off at 2.00pm.
For Tamworth Under-21s, this will be the second consecutive Saturday Amateur Cup Final that the club has reached, with the Lambs suffering defeat to Claverdon AFC this time last year. Tamworth Under-21s entered this season's competition at the Second Round stage, where they emerged 4-3 winners on penalties following a 2-2 draw with Halesowen Town. A confident 4-2 victory over Continental Star in Round Three was succeeded by an emphatic 4-0 win in the Quarter-Final against Knowle Reserves. The Lambs secured their place in their second consecutive Final with a 3-1 win over Bedworth Rangers.
Meanwhile, Highgate United have enjoyed a hugely-impressive run to the Saturday Amateur Cup Final, conceding just one goal in their four ties in the competition. Also entering the competition at the Second Round stage, Highgate United’s youngsters smashed six goals past Stratford Town Colts A, before scoring a further nine goals in their Round Three tie against Saint Michael; the game in which the only goal was scored against United’s Under-21s. In the Quarter-Final, Highgate United faced Sutton Coldfield Town where a narrow 1-0 victory was enough to allow the Gate to progress. Highgate United secured their place in the Final thanks to a 2-0 win over Boldmere St. Michaels.
The Saturday Amateur Cup Final is the first to be played at the newly-renovated Walter Goodman Stadium, the home of Birmingham County FA. Once last season’s County Cup Finals concluded, work took place over the summer months to transform the stadium ahead of the 2018/19 season. Changes include new turnstiles, a new barrier around the pitch, a net behind one of the goals to prevent anything from striking the building, in addition to work carried out on the pitch to ensure it is a state-of-the-art facility.