Title-winning boss Kev Nottingham doesn’t feel Moulton Harrox Reserves should be considered nailed on favourites to complete a league and cup double on Friday night.
Nottingham’s side, who won ChromaSport PDFL Division One at a canter, round off their season with a PFA Challenge Cup final against Division Two outfit Stanground Sports Reserves at Yaxley’s In2itive Park 3G base (7.30pm).
Having won the league in his first season as boss, winning 25 of his 30 league games, Nottingham admits that it’s been a dream season for all associated with the club.
He admits that doing the double would be the perfect way to round off the campaign, but knows that Stanground could call upon a few players from their Premier Division-based first team.
“I don’t see us as favourites,” insisted Nottingham. “Anything goes in a final and it’s all about who turns up on the day.”
“I think it’ll be closer than people think. Of course, we’re expecting a few first teamers to play for them – we have to be prepared for that.
“Regardless, I’ve seen Stanground Reserves play and they are youthful and talented. It’ll be tough.
“We’re all looking forward to the final. The lads have been absolutely fantastic this season and for any reserve team to win PDFL Division One is a real achievement.
“It’s my first season back at Moulton after a long time away and it couldn’t have gone much better.
“I’m very happy here, but that’s all down to the players – their attitude has been fantastic and they’ve been a credit to the club.
“A few of them even stepped up to the first team on Saturday, which was great to see.
“Now it’d be great if we can finish the season with a double. It’s all about who turns up on the night.”
Moulton Reserves have a full squad to pick from, having not played since April 29.
Stanground Reserves, who finished third in Division Two, were beaten 3-0 by Whittlesey A on Saturday.