MALTBY Main and Parkgate fight it out for a place in the final of the Sheffield Senior Cup tonight.
The two clash at Main's Muglet Lane (7.30pm) in an eagerly anticipated contest between Rotherham's two highest ranked amateur sides.
Eighth in the Northern Counties East League Premier Division, Maltby go in as favourites against a Gate team who sit ninth in Division One.
“Even though the teams are a division apart, it's wide open for me,” said Maltby chairman Dave Watts.
“Both are having steady seasons but you can forget league form.
"Parkgate have goal scorers — they rarely get nilled — and don't concede a massive amount, so it should be a good game.”
Main, managed by Louis Axcell, are looking to reach the final for the first time since 1978, when they beat Mexborough Town Athletic to lift the trophy, while Parkgate were last in it ten years ago when they lost to Stocksbridge.
Parkgate manager Andy Dawson
Gate manager Andy Dawson said: “We're the underdogs and I'd rather be the underdogs than the team everyone expects to win.
“We'll just approach it like we have every single round and give it our best go. It's a free hit. As I say to the lads, 'you're not going to drop any league positions.'
“This time we have just one more game to get through to the final.”
Both go into the semi-final on the back of victories last weekend.
Maltby won 4-2 at AFC Emley, their third win in the last four. The points were secured by two penalties in the last ten minutes from Jonathan Williams. Reggie Waud and Connor Cutts netted in the first half.
Parkgate beat Ollerton Town 3-1 at Roundwood to complete back-to-back wins. Freddy Tracey bagged two of them and Elliott Simpson the other.
Tonight also sees the other Senior Cup semi-final between Rossington Main and Worksop Town.
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