Showpiece finals at Sir Tom Finney Stadium

Charnock Richard FC
Charnock Richard FC
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Charnock Richard and Southport are preparing to meet in the Syndicate Trust Youth Trophy final at Bamber Bridge’s Sir Tom Finney Stadium in the first of two Lancashire Sunday League finals next week.

The match takes place on Tuesday, April 18, with a 7:30pm kick off.

Ingol Rangers

Ingol Rangers

Charnock Richard, who are managed by Mick Woods, are currently in fourth sport in the competitive Youth Division Red and this will be their debut appearance in one of our cup finals.

Southport have an impressive cup record and this will be their fifth appearance in this final which they won in 2003 and 2009, and were finalists in 2002 and 2004.

The team, managed by Jay Kane, lead Youth Division White by nine points and the title is theirs to lose.

The final will be controlled by referee David Thomas, assisted by Luke Parker and Josh Baron, with the experienced Steve Rudd on fourth official duties.

New Longton Rovers

New Longton Rovers

Admission is £4 for adults and £2 for children and concessions.

Then the curtain falls on this season.s cup competitions two night later when Premier Division sides Ingol Rangers and New Longton Rovers clash in the Syndicate Trust Challenge Cup final at the Sir Tom Finney Stadium (Thursday, April 20, kick off 7:30pm).

The New Longton lads will be aiming to go one better than last season when they were beaten 4-3 in the final by New Farington House.

Mick Chambers’ team have had an indifferent season in the league but they can certainly rise to the occasion in the cup, and they have a potent strike force in Oliver Evans and Wes Alexander.

Southport FC

Southport FC

Ingol Rangers, managed by Dean Crossen, are making their eighth appearance in the final, which they have won on three occasions.

Rangers have finished their Premier League season in third place and they too have dynamic strike force in ex-PNE favourite Lee Ashcroft (left) who has netted 22 goals, Adam Stammers has scored 14 and Jonty McDonald has chipped in with 10.

Experienced referee Barry Cropp, who officiates in both the National League and Football League, is the first referee from Blackpool to take charge of this prestigious final.

His assistant feferees are Alex Christopher and Tony Parr with another Football League official Bob Roberts as fourth official.