JUST one week after recording their first cup victory in seven years, Douglas and District will have to perform heroics again this weekend when they take on the mighty Michael United as the GH Corlett Woods Cup swings into life.
The Noble’s Park outfit upset the odds against high-flying RYCOB last time out with a 4-2 penalty shoot-out victory. This time around, though, they will have to go one better and take inspiration from club stalwart Dave Mathieson’s Oldham Athletic (who famously defeated Liverpool in the English FA Cup) if they are to get the better of a Michael side which thumped them 8-1 last time the sides met.
Despite a couple of blips recently, Barney Kelly’s westerners are currently six points clear at the top of the table and will be red hot favourites to continue their quest for both league and cup glory.
Elsewhere in the preliminary round, fellow promotion hopefuls Colby face a potentially tricky tie away at Victoria Road where they go head-to-head with Braddan. The southerners have not played a competitive game in more than a month so it remains to be seen how match sharp they are on Saturday. The Swans are also one of the few teams to have beaten the title challengers thus far this season so the hosts might be quietly confident of clinching a similar result this weekend.
Two of the sides battling it out in the lower reaches of Division Two go face-to-face when Onchan travel south to take on Ronaldsway. The Os have endured a difficult season but with three wins in their last four games, it seems they are finally beginning to find some form.
Robbie Prescott’s men edged a seven-goal thriller between the two sides when they met in October but the Rockets have since recorded wins against the likes of Pulrose and D&D so a tough battle could be in store.
The final game in the preliminary round of the GH Corlett Woods Cup sees the aforementioned Pulrose journey to Billy Goat Park where they take on Foxdale. Pully will still be on a high following their last-gasp extra-time victory over Douglas Athletic last Saturday but they will find it a tough ask to get anything against a Foxdale side that defeated them 1-4 on their own patch earlier in the campaign.
All cup games kick off at 2pm.
l There are two games taking place in JCK Division Two this Saturday.
Douglas Athletic make the short journey to Ballafletcher to face Douglas Royal, while Malew travel north to RYCOB.