Dave Challinor gives us his thoughts ahead of Sunday’s Cup Final…
This is our second cup final of the season and it would be fantastic to emulate the result we had at the Reebok Stadium in the Lancashire Trophy. More importantly, if we can produce a performance of the quality we did, I’ll be delighted.Due to our league aspirations, we have chosen to rotate players for this competition and as a result has really given the young players in the squad a chance to show their potential. Sunday’s game will be no different and it is a game we’re all looking to forward to.We come into the game on a fantastic run and we hope to continue that. We haven’t experienced defeat since New Year’s Day and the run, combined with other teams results, has propelled us into touching distance at the top of the table with four games to go. All we can do is try to keep winning and hope results go for us. Either way, we go into the play offs in positive mood and hoping to achieve more success.We are a little bit of the walking wounded at present, losing two defenders for the season within four days of each other and carrying three more with niggles isn’t ideal but we have to manage them best we can and get them through the games, whether that be five or seven.
For myself and Colin, it is a return to Edgeley Park, a club we spent time at together and where our friendship began as team mates. The fortunes at Stockport County have altered significantly from being in the Championship and looking up, to having to rebuild in the Conference North. The stadium however remains a great place to play and I’m sure both teams will relish the environment and the playing surface and produce a really good game.
The game also coincides with the 25th Anniversary of Hillsborough. I remember that day very clearly as the afternoon unfolded, being a teenage Liverpool fan and watching the game on television the events were surreal. Knowing families that lost relatives in the disaster it has been a long battle but finally the truth has been outed and it is prevalent that the whole of football mark their respect this weekend to the victims of that day back in 1989.