MALTBY Main chief Scott Mason says his players have every incentive to get through tonight's big Sheffield Senior Cup semi-final.
If the Miners can negotiate a way past County Senior League leaders North Gawber at Muglet Lane, they'll face Frickley Athletic, now managed by former Rotherham United player Martin McIntosh, in the final.
Not only would that match offer the chance to end another strong season with some prized silverware, it would also offer an opportunity to avenge a high-profile FA Cup exit to the Northern Premier League side back in September.
Mason and his players, though, know they need to get the job done first against dangerous opponents.
“North Gawber are flying high at the top of the County Senior. We’ve been keeping an eye on them for a few weeks, as I'm sure they have on ourselves,” the boss told the Advertiser.
“They'll fancy their chances coming here because it is a semi-final and it is anybody's game, we are definitely not underestimating them.
Maltby's Aaron Moxam afer his hat-trick on Saturday.
“Frickley won their semi-final and it would be lovely to play them in whatever stadium it is at and try and get revenge for the FA Cup defeat, but we have to get through first.
“It's a massive game for us and we have had an up and down few weeks, if I'm being honest.”
Main warmed up by seeing off Thackley 4-1 in the Northern Counties East League Premier Division at Muglet Lane on Saturday. Aaron Moxam scored a hat-trick and Cameron Rigby was also on target as Maltby hit back from successive defeats.
Added Scott: “We want to get back on track and finish the season strongly and go and make that final. “Maltby haven't made the Senior Cup final for a good few years.
Main manager Scott Mason.
“At the start of the season everyone's ambition is to do well in the league. I want to do well in everything so we have tried to compete in every cup because is the league does go out of your reach then there is always the cup to fall back on.
“We have beaten some good sides in the Senior Cup, we haven't had an easy ride.
“We have worked hard to get this far and I hope the lads will go out and put a good shift in and help us get through.”
Kick-off is 7.45pm.
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