Companions ready to Challenge

Doncaster Select's Chris Hemmings tries to power through the Dons' defence. Picture: Andrew Roe
Doncaster Select's Chris Hemmings tries to power through the Dons' defence. Picture: Andrew Roe

BENTLEY Good Companions coach Andy Whitfield hopes the romance of the Carnegie Challenge Cup will blossom this weekend.

Companions make history by competing in the world famous knockout competition for the first time ever on Saturday.

The Yorkshire League amateurs are underdogs against Northern Conference One outfit Oldham St Annes, who they meet in the preliminary round.

But Bentley, who will be backed by more than 100 supporters in Lancashire, are capable of springing a surprise, according to Whitfield.

He said: “If the lads go out there and concentrate on their own game - and don’t worry about the opposition - you just never know what might happen.

“If we play as well as we know we can, we’re in with a chance.

“Oldham don’t start their season till March so they could be a bit ring rusty.

“And there is a chance that they might underestimate us and think all they have to do is turn up to beat us.”

Several Bentley players were involved in Sunday’s Doncaster Select game against the Dons and came through unscathed.

Forward Mick Rodgerson, however, misses the trip to Oldham with a broken ankle.