Humbledon fired up to be Oyster catchers in national final

Steve Hutchinson, boss of Humbledon and Plains Farm
Steve Hutchinson, boss of Humbledon and Plains Farm
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HUMBLEDON and Plains Farm will be vying to prevent silverware celebrations in the Wayne Rooney household this weekend in the FA Sunday Cup final.

The Sunderland outfit face Liverpool’s Oyster Martyrs in the showpiece event at Blackburn’s Ewood Park tomorrow, looking to lift the trophy for the first time in 24 years.

Oysters include several members of England international Rooney’s family, with his cousin Tom leading the attack and his uncle Richie the club’s coach.

And that footballing prowess has rubbed off on the side after they lifted the Sunday Cup for the second time in three years last April.

Humbledon boss Steve Hutchinson knows his side – on target to remain as champions of the Sunderland Sunday League – are in for a tough encounter, but believes they are hitting form at the right time.

“Oysters have got great pedigree and they are known up and down the country for having a good side,” he said.

“They’ve got history in the competition after getting to the final a couple of times and winning it last year.

“We know it’s going to be a tough task, but that applies to anyone who gets this far.

“It’s not every day that you get the chance to play in an all-England final.

“We had a league game on Tuesday night and won 4-0 against Hylton Castle and the first half was one of the best displays we have produced all season, so it shows the frame of mind they are in.”

Hutchinson believes playing at Ewood Park will add extra spice to the occasion after Humbledon triumphed against Birmingham side Hundred Acre in the semi-final at Hartlepool’s Victoria Park.

“The final was at Burton last year, so when we were handed Hartlepool for the semi-final, that was a shock because it was on a par,” he added.

“And then when we got the news that we were playing at Ewood Park, where they have played European football and won the Premier League, it was tremendous.

“One of our lads played in the FA Vase for Spennymoor at Wembley last season and some of them were at league clubs when they were younger.

“But for some of them, playing somewhere like Blackburn will be a unique experience.”

Chris Winn has been prolific all season, in the Wearside League with Ryhope CW and for Humbledon, and he could be the key man for the Sunderland side.

But Hutchinson has other match-winners in his squad, with Mark Davison always likely to provide a spark of invention, Michael Coghlan having netted in the semi-final success and the likes of Paul Kane, James Fairley, Ash Davis and Nathan O’Neil capable of getting goals.