Manager Dawson upbeat ahead of big test for Staffs County Senior League team



MANAGER Dan Dawson is confident his players are capable of going all the way in this season’s FA Inter-League Cup competition.

Dawson is manager of the Staffordshire County Senior League representative team and on Saturday they come up against the fancied West Cheshire League for a place in the final.

The eventual winners of the competition, will then go on to represent England in the UEFA Regions Cup.

Dawson, who also manages Redgate Clayton, says it’s a tough ask but believes his squad is strong enough to go all the way.

“West Cheshire will start the match as favourites, in my opinion. They play more games than we do and have some really good teams competing in their league, but then again so do we,” said Dawson, who believes many of the players are capable of playing at a higher standard.

“We’ve got players in the league who should be playing at a higher standard, I know some have and there are others who could make the step up, and that’s one of the reasons we have made it to the semi-finals, because we have some really good players in the league,” he added.

So far, the Staffs County Senior League have won three games to get this far. Their journey began with a 7-0 win over the Bedfordshire League in the first round, followed by a 6-2 win over the Cambridgeshire League in the second round and then a 3-2 win over the West Yorkshire League in the quarter-finals.

Dawson says his team is there on merit. “We played well in all three games so far and deserved to win. It was a tough game against the West Yorkshire League, we had to come from behind to win it, but I think overall we were worthy winners. Now we want to go all the way to the final and win it, because there’s a big prize there for the winners,” added the manager who says the co-operation from clubs has been excellent.

“Other managers have been great, they have let their players join up with the squad and I appreciate that,” added Dawson.

The team will travel together for the match which is being held at the home of North West Counties League side Vauxhall Motors, who play their games at The Syncreon Arena in Ellesmere Port.

“We’re travelling from the Potteries by coach so we all arrive together for what is a big game for us. It’s a good playing surface at Vauxhall Motors and I’m anticipating a great game of football. Confidence in the camp is high, we know it’s a tough task but on our day we are capable of beating anyone,” said Dawson.

The FA Inter-League Cup (Formerly NLS Cup) is limited to leagues at Step 7 of the National League System and other leagues as decided by The FA. It was created with the intention of finding a winning league representative side to fly the flag for England in the UEFA Regions Cup.

The competition is strictly for amateur players who have never been under a written professional contract.

The inaugural NLS Cup began on 20 September 2003, when the Liverpool Combination beat the Northern Alliance 1-0. But it was thanks to that UEFA tournament that it was created. The UEFA Regions Cup was established in 1999 to provide an opportunity for amateurs playing at the lower levels of the game to take part in a European competition.

Squad: Mark Jones (Alsager Town); Lewis Pass (Redgate Clayton); Joe Booth (Alsager Town); Dan Counter (Foley Meir); Nathan Mellor (Abbey Hulton United); Marc Mountford (Silverdale Athletic); Matt Warren (Redgate Clayton); Richard Leech (Redgate Clayton); Ross Harrison (Redgate Clayton); Joe Price (Redgate Clayton); Jeff Jolley (Silverdale Athletic); Pete Williams (Foley Meir); Ben Rowley (Foley Meir); Gabby Chimunzinga (Redgate Clayton); Liam Shaw (Alsager Town); Jack Finney (Redgate Clayton); Liam Hallam (Walsall Phoenix).





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