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PREVIEW - Glassboys in home Cup Semi-Final action TONIGHT!

By Nigel Gregg

Holders Stourbridge bid to reach their second successive Birmingham Senior Cup Final TONIGHT when they take on NUNEATON BOROUGH.

Monday, 11th March - kick-off 7-45 pm
Birmingham Senior Cup Semi-Final
STOURBRIDGE v NUNEATON BOROUGH

If scores are level after 90 minutes, there is NO extra-time. The tie will be settled by penalties. The winners face either Leamington or Aston Villa in the Final.

Normal admission prices will apply for Monday's Cup Semi-Final at Amblecote
Admission prices are -
Adults.........................................................£10
Senior Citizens (65 and over)...................£7
13-18 year olds..........................................£5
Under 13s...................................................FREE
(when accompanied by a paying adult or senior citizen)

PLEASE NOTE - Season tickets, flexi tickets and player passes are NOT VALID for this cup match.

Supporters are advised that at least the front two rows of tip-up seats in centre block of the middle stand are reserved for home and visiting directors and officials. These seats are marked accordingly.

A 16-page match programme will be on sale from the Club Shop or the Programme Hut located adjacent to the Church End (Bottom driveway) turnstiles. It will be priced at £1-50.

The Club Shop is located in the foyer area of the Glassboys Bar, adjacent to the main car park and sells a range of club merchandise and leisurewear. Scarves, lapel badges, mugs and key-rings are all available to purchase.

More matchday information, which may be of particular help to visiting supporters and/or first-time visitors can be viewed at the following link -

http://www.stourbridgefc.com/a/matchday-information-for-spectators-44662.html

[b]MATCH PREVIEW

The Glassboys memorably lifted the trophy for the first time in 50 years last May when two goals from Luke Benbow - including a late winner - helped Gary Hackett's men to a 2 - 1 victory over Hednesford Town at St Andrew's.

Stourbridge are keen to successfully defend the Cup and after a first round bye as holders, they have since seen off Romulus and local rivals Halesowen Town at the War Memorial Athletic Ground to once again take their place in the last four.

Standing in their way of a second successive Final are National League North outfit NUNEATON BOROUGH. It's been a tough campaign for the Warwickshire outfit with well documented financial issues casting a shadow over their season. They are currently adrift at the foot of the National League North table with just three wins from 34 league games and only 30 goals scored, but this competition offers them the opportunity to salvage something for an otherwise wretched season and put their league travails to one side. Like the Glassboys they have made home advantage count in their passage through to this season's Birmingham Senior Cup semi-finals with home successes over Burton Albion (4-3), Solihull Moors (2-0) and Highgate United (2-0).

Former Barwell boss Jimmy Ginnelly is now in charge of Nuneaton and is also working hard to try and secure the future of the club in the meantime too. One of his recent signings is midfielder Aaron Birch, who had a brief stint with the Glassboys last season before returning to Sutton Coldfield Town. He then began the 2018/19 campaign with Alvechurch.

Stourbridge boss Gary Hackett told the STOURBRIDGE NEWS: "It will be a difficult game for us and we are still the underdogs because we're playing a team from a higher level than ourselves. They may be struggling at the moment but they certainly haven't thrown in the towel and will be keen to salvage something from the season."

"But we're at home and will go into the game fancying our chances. We had a tremendous night in the final last year and we'd relish the chance to defend our title in it this time around. It has the makings of a really good game."

Robert Thompson-Brown remains a doubt for Monday's cup-tie, while Darryl Westlake is likely to be ruled out with an ankle injury sustained in the first-half against Leiston. Jake Evans is added to the squad following the end of his loan term at AFC Wulfrunians.

Stourbridge centre-half Stuart Pierpoint featured and scored for Nuneaton the last time the two sides met at the semi-final stages of this competition, which came in April 2010. Nuneaton ran out 4 - 0 victors on that occasion with all the goals coming in the last twenty minutes.

Updated 22:41 - 11 Mar 2019 by Nigel Gregg

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