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Notts Senior League Premier Division Cup final: Bingham Town FC earn chance to clinch sought after silverware

Bingham Town FC will have a shot at silverware for the first time since 2019 on Saturday.

The Notts Senior League side were top of the Premier Division in 2019-20 and 20-21 when the respective campaigns were made null and void due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“We were disappointed that we couldn’t finish playing the league out,” said Bingham’s assistant manager Mark Boyes, whose side had won all seven of their opening league matches in 20-21.

Euan Sweeting. Credit: Geoff Cameraman @n55ffc on Twitter. (42567079)
Euan Sweeting. Credit: Geoff Cameraman @n55ffc on Twitter. (42567079)

“The league said they would struggle to get the remaining 20 or so games in, which was fair enough.

“They then put forward the cup and gave clubs the chance to enter, so we thought why not?

“Last Saturday, in the semi final, even though we won 5-0, we had to play a defender up front because we were struggling for players.

“We played well in fairness and that gave us more confidence going into the final because it shows how freely our defence and midfield can play.”

Boyes said his squad deserved to win something to show for their consistent form over the past two years.

“We wanted to win this cup from the start — 100%,” he said.

“Last week our reserves were in the final of their cup (Division Two South) so it is not only us, it is the whole club who have been going for it.

“Last Saturday the lads were buzzing to get into the final and we are training twice this week to work on the little things.”

Boyes said Euan Sweeting, last season’s top-scorer, would be back for the final, but fellow forwards Michael Jepps and Jake Hardy would be missing.

“It is going to be an exciting game and Sandiacre Town are a good side,” Boyes said.

“They always make it hard for us to get the ball down and play, but the lads believe they can win.

“We want to show that we can win things as well (as play good football) because we have been getting a bit of abuse on Twitter about not winning anything.”

The match kicks off at 5pm at Basford United.

Stephen Fern, manager of Bingham’s Reserves, who lost 2-0 in the final to AC United, said he was proud of his side’s efforts and pointed to seven missed chances that cost the game.

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