Hutchinson fired up for FA Carlsberg All-England Sunday Cup semi-final

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HUMBLEDON and Plains Form will look to move a step closer to silverware in the semi-finals of the FA Carlsberg All-England Sunday Cup tomorrow, writes Chris Young.

The Sunderland Sunday League champions will take on Walsall-based Hundred Acre at Hartlepool United’s Victoria Park (kick-off 2pm) bidding to lift the trophy for the first time in three decades.

Manager Steve Hutchinson said: “We’ve had some tough trips in the five or six rounds getting through, but had good results - winning five and 6-0 - and that gives you confidence.

“Now everyone is buzzing about getting to the semi-final.

“The club haven’t won the competition since the early 80s, but we’ve done well in the County Cup by winning it over the last two seasons back-to-back, so we know we’re a decent side.

“I don’t know too much about the opposition to be honest, but to get to the semi-finals of the all England, they must be good.”

Hutchinson insists facing the semi-final at a Football League ground will add extra spice to the occasion, with Humbledon’s players - many of whom represent Washington in the Northern League - getting an insight into the professional game.

“It just makes it extra special that it’s going to be played at Hartlepool,” he added.

“It has to be played at a neutral ground, but we were expecting it to be at a decent Northern League club like Spennymoor.

“But when they told us it was Hartlepool, we were over the moon. We can prepare properly, as if the lads were professionals.”

Tickets for tomorrow’s game are priced at £4 for adults and £1 for over-65s, with children admitted free.