Stafford Rangers’ goalkeeper Adam Siviter is relishing the chance to play at the Bet 365 this Monday in the Staffordshire Senior Cup final and says a chance to win the trophy will eclipse his greatest achievement so far which is playing at Stamford Bridge.
Siviter, on loan from Birmingham City, has featured heavily for the Evo-Stik Premier side, who guaranteed their safety on Easter Monday.
The Stafford number-one, an ever present this season, played a crucial part in Stafford’s 1-0 semi-final win away at Kidsgrove last month to set up a tie against Rushall Olympic of the Southern Premier Central Division.
“I’m still young and signing my professional contract last year was a massive achievement for me but playing at Stamford Bridge was my biggest achievement so far. If for whatever reason I don’t make it in the game that will be a highlight but having a chance to win my first trophy is something special.”
Siviter, 18, is making his first foray in the game with Stafford Rangers and has loved every minute since signing for the club on-loan.
“Until you make the step up from the u23’s to men’s games it’s easy to see the difference but it really is different. The facilities and training aren’t the same standard you are used too and the things you learn here against men are completely different. The tips and tricks you learn at this level has been vital in my development. You could put an u23 in this division and I think over the season they would struggle to survive.”
Siviter has gone to Marston Road to get some game time and wants to follow in the footsteps of Stoke City keeper Jack Butland.
‘Butland is a massive inspiration to me, especially being a goalkeeper. He’s come through the same system I have and shown with hard work and the right mind-set you can play in the Premier League and play for England. I’ve still got a long way to go and plenty of time to achieve all that but Jack has shown it’s a possibility.’
Holders Stafford Rangers beat rivals Hednesford Town last season and are looking to retain the title for the first time since 1972/1973 whilst Rushall are in their first final since 2015 which they won against Kidsgrove Athletic.
Kick-off is 19:30 at the Bet 365 on Monday 29th April.