PREVIEW: ROGER WOOD MEMORIAL CUP FINAL
An entertaining Birmingham County Cup Finals season continues on Sunday 12 May as Black Horse (Redditch) face off with OJM for the prestigious roger wood memorial cup.
The match is set to be played at the home of the Birmingham County FA, Walter Goodman Stadium, and is due to get underway at 11.00am.
Formerly known as the Sunday Cup, the competition was renamed in honour of dedicated grassroots football servant, Roger Wood; a former Chairman of Birmingham County FA, who held the post for over 22 years and sadly passed away in 2013.
Supporters could potentially be expecting goals as they head to the game considering the two teams’ respective runs to the Final.
Black Horse got off to an emphatic start with a thumping 9-0 win against Castle Bromwich Athletic in the First Round before a 2-0 triumph over Netherton Colts. They then forced narrow victories against Emerald Athletic and 2017 Cup Winners AFC Jacks. The team secured their place in the Final with a relatively straight-forward 3-0 success against Highgate Hazelwell.
Meanwhile, the goals have been flowing for OJM throughout the campaign, blowing away most of their opposition. Despite that, they were made to sweat in the First Round; beating Otter and Vixen 8-7 on penalties following a 3-3 draw in normal time. They soon clicked into gear however as a 5-1 win against Stockingford White Lion saw them easily through. An 8-3 thumping of Austin Ex Apprentices followed that before hitting six against AFC Bentley. Adam Younis’ men bagged their ticket to the Final with yet another huge win; this time beating Sedgley White Lions 10-2 at home.
It looks like Black Horse have quite the task on their hands then if they aim to lift the trophy come Sunday afternoon. However, one aspect that will give them some confidence is their history in the competition. They have tasted glory once, lifting the trophy in the 2006-07 season. OJM, meanwhile, have never won the Cup so will be looking to make some club history as they travel to Birmingham County FA HQ.