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23 Apr 2018 : Cheshire Senior Cup final to be staged at Millbank Linnets Stadium

RUNCORN Linnets have accepted an invitation from the Cheshire County FA to host this season's Senior Cup final on Wednesday, May 2nd.

It is an honour for our club to have been chosen to stage the county's showpiece game, which will this season feature a rare appearance from a Hallmark Security League team.

Stockport Town are only the second North West Counties League outfit to reach this stage of the competition and the first since 2004 when Woodley Sports defeated Witton Albion 2-1 (after extra-time) at Altrincham.

Stockport Town's opponents will be Nantwich Town of The Evo-Stik League Premier Division, who are no strangers to the Millbank Linnets Stadium, having defeated us here 2-1 in last season's CSC first round.

This is a first visit to our ground for Stockport Town, although we encountered the Lions earlier this season at Stockport Sports Village, suffering a rare defeat (2-1) in The Macron Cup Round Two South.

Former Linnets striker Ben Halfacre scored both Stockport goals that night and by scoring in each round, he has also been instrumental in a County Cup run which has seen the four-year-old club defeat Cammell Laird 4-0, Hyde United 4-3 on penalties (after a 1-1 scoreline in 90 minutes) both these ties being at home and then Winsford United 2-1, away, in the semi-final.

Nantwich Town's route to the final was a 2-0 away victory over Sandbach Town, a 2-1 home defeat of Linnets' first round conquerors Crewe Alexandra in round two and a 4-3 defeat of last-four visitors Stalybridge Celtic at Weaver Stadium.

This is the Dabbers' second successive final appearance they were beaten 2-1 by Crewe Alex in front of 1,831 fans at Alexandra Stadium (Gresty Road). Nantwich last won the Senior Cup in 2011-12, defeating Stalybridge 1-0 at Chester (Att: 449).

Runcorn has never hosted a one-off final of the competition, although Canal Street was a venue for the final between Runcorn AFC and Crewe in 1967-68 when the Linnets won a two-legged affair.

The final will kick off at 7.45pm. Admission is 10 (adults) and 7 (OAP and Under 16s). Children will be admitted free if accompanied by an adult.

A match programme will be on sale, priced 2.

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