FOOTBALL:Tower face toughest task in cup clashes

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Channel Islands champions Trinity and St Paul’s host Vale Recreation and Sylvans respectively in the Wheway Cup; First Tower are away to Northerners in the Jeremie Cup while Magpies are also in Guernsey playing Belgraves in the WJ Collins Trophy.Trinity, who fielded a weakened side, were beaten 3-1 by Vale in the Jeremie Cup earlier this season despite the Guernsey champions struggling to find their championship form of last season.Jersey’s champions will be eager to show Vale the real Trinity, coupled with getting back to form following their recent 7-0 Le Riches Cup defeat by Jersey Wanderers.Trinity joint-manager Joe Morley said: ‘I’m hopeful we can put our recent disappointments behind us.

We don’t have a score to settle with Vale it’s another game and everyone at the Club is looking forward to the challenge.’We were without a few last time we met and the majority are back with the exception of midfielder Darren Swanson.

He is still about a month away from returning from a knee injury and we are missing him.

He is a composed player with a brilliant attitude and he settles our side when he plays.’Vale are a physically strong team and they are well organised.

They have an excellent goalkeeper and we know it will be no easy game for us.’Wheway Cup-holders Sylvans play at Clos des Pauvres against St Paul’s.

Sylvans are currently bottom of Guernsey’s Priaulx League.Guernsey Press sports editor Rob Batiste said: ‘They’re in a false position, they’ve had a lot of injuries.

Muratti striker Ryan Tippett is back from his internal injuries following a serious car accident.

He scored a hat-trick in midweek but I think he’s still short of match-fitness.’Player-manager Tristram Morgan, formerly of Vale, is also back and he will make them tick as he is their play-maker in midfield.’St Paul’s joint-manager Bill Begbie said: ‘Sylvans will not be underestimated by us; they always seem to be a decent side when I see them play.

If we are to win we’ll have to play much better than we did on Tuesday against Portuguese.’The fact that my players don’t know much about Sylvans will keep them on edge and hopefully that will work in out team’s favour tomorrow.’Charity Cup winners First Tower take on Northerners.Batiste said: ‘North are by far the best side in Guernsey now.

They’re playing well and young John Veron is on fire in front of goal.

He is the island’s leading scorer with eight goals.’Veron has quick feet and he has improved greatly this season.

The Duff twins, Tom and Ben, are also playing well – they too have come on a bundle this season.’Stuart Polson is expected to return to the centre of defence to partner fellow Muratti defender Michael Wilson.

North full-backs Simon John and Darren Martin – both Island squad players – are sidelined with injuries.Tower manager Dave Philpott said: ‘North are going well at the moment but I’m not worried.

I will concentrate on Tower and although we’ve not had a game for two weeks we will be up for it.’Attendance at training has been good and the players have been working hard with the ball with coach Paul Carberry.

The momentum has been lost a bit because of no games but we’re a young side and I’m sure the players will be full of energy and ready for the game.’Magpies take on Belgraves away and Pies goalkeeper Tony Carlyon is hopeful of securing a favourable result against youthful opponents.’We want a good run in the competition, it would be nice to win it.

Bels have a much younger side that us but I believe our experience will help us home.’

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