Kidsgrove draw holders Stafford Rangers in Staffordshire FA Senior Cup semi-final

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Kidsgrove Athletic have been drawn at home against Staffordshire Senior Cup holders Stafford Rangers in the semi-final of the competition. In the other tie Stoke City travel to Rushall Olympic.

Stafford sit in 18th having won two of their last nine games, but despite being in the league below Kidsgrove manager Ryan Austin is well prepared for his opponents.

“We know quite a bit about Stafford to be fair, obviously they’re a local team to us, I know quite a lot of their players and management staff, we’ll be doing our research and watching them play before we meet, I’ll have time to do some research on them between now and then.”

Kidsgrove will be hoping to win the senior cup for the first time since they won it consecutively in 2011 and 2012.

“It’s a great chance to get to a final of a competition, I’ve said to the lads in recent weeks, it always nice to get a trophy, we’ll be treating the game with ultimate respect.”

Marooned in mid table with two wins in their last 11, Austin believes delivering the trophy would count for a good season

“Now we’re in the semi-final it’s a good chance, we’re two games away from winning a trophy, we will obviously be treating that properly, but we won’t be taking our eye of the league, we want to finish as high up the league whilst winning a trophy.

“I think if you’d said to us, we’d have a top 10 finish as well as winning a trophy, then you’d take that as a successful season, so we’re still on target for that.”

Austin believes his side should take great pride if they’re able to lift the trophy, as this competition offers a unique rivalry between Staffordshire’s football clubs.

“A lot of the local clubs have been in there, Stoke have been in there, Port Vale have been in there.For the club it would be a good recognition for the hard work that they’ve put into the area, it’d be nice to put your name on a trophy.

“From a personal point of view, it would be my first trophy as manager so I’m always striving to be successful as a manager and obviously putting trophies on your CV always helps.”

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