Hale Leys boss keen to get local cup derby out of the way

Jason Castello is an injury doubt for Hale Leys
Jason Castello is an injury doubt for Hale Leys

The local Berks and Bucks Intermediate Cup derby between Hale Leys United and Risborough Rangers will, weather permitting, be played at Fairford Leys on Saturday at 1.30pm after being rearranged.

Hale Leys boss Paul Alleyne said his side will have to be on their guard if they are to progress against Bob Rayner’s men.

But Alleyne has conceded he is just desperate for the game to go ahead so his side can get back to concentrating on their league title tilt.

He said: “We were disappointed that the game was off.

“But it does give us more time to prepare as I said last week we have to go into the fixture well prepared as Risborough are an organised side and can punish us if we are not switched on.

“I should hopefully have all the players available for next Saturday and I hope the game goes ahead.

“The county cup takes preference over any league games and until the game is played no league games will be played so I am eager to have the fixture go ahead.”

Hale Leys currently sit joint top of the Spartan South Midlands Division Two but have Kent Athletic and Mursley United breathing heavily down their necks only two points behind.

Risborough will be given hope with the news that Hale Leys striker Jason Castello is touch and go for the match after being injured in a bad tackle last time out.

Meanwhile, Risborough’s reserve team are hosting Stotfold in the South Midlands Reserve Division One with a 3pm kick off at Windsors. The club is also appealing for volunteers on match days to perform roles such as gate money collecting, ball collecting, cleaning, tea bar or bar assistance.

Can you help? Log on to www.risboroughrangers.com for more details.