Baffins Milton Rovers boss Shaun Wilkinson calling for Portsmouth Senior Cup final date ‘sooner rather than later’

Baffins Milton Rovers boss Shaun Wilkinson insists a date needs to be finalised 'sooner rather than later' for the club's delayed 2019/20 Portsmouth Senior Cup final.

Monday, 26th April 2021, 4:35 pm
Updated Monday, 26th April 2021, 5:12 pm
Baffins Milton Rovers (stripes) take on Moneyfields at Fratton Park in the 2013/14 Portsmouth Senior Cup final. The two clubs meet again in the delayed 2019/20 final - but no date or venue has yet been arranged. Picture: Ian Hargreaves

Baffins now know they'll be facing holders Moneyfields after the latter secured a 3-1 win over Fareham Town at Dover Road on Saturday.

However, no venue and date has yet been confirmed for the final.

The Portsmouth Divisional FA, organisers of the competition, have said they remain 'in conversations at present' over finalising details for the showpiece.

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Usually, finals take place at Fratton Park but with Pompey still in with a chance of making the League One play-offs and fans unable to attend matches until after May 17 to fall in line with Government guidelines, it remains unclear whether it will be staged at PO4.

The game is not always held at Fratton Park, though - in 2015/16 Baffins defeated Hawks 3-1 in the final at AFC Portchester. That was Rovers’ second win in three seasons, having previously beaten Moneyfields 4-2 at Fratton Park in May 2014.

Either way, Wilkinson is calling for details to be arranged quickly after bringing his squad back in for training and arranging a friendly tomorrow so his players can regain some match fitness ahead of the final.

He said: ‘I don’t really want the players in at the minute if the game is going to be in six weeks’ time. They need to give us a date sooner rather than later.

‘Where we haven’t played and haven’t been up to speed, we’re going to need at least a couple of games before we play the final.

'This is the problem, I wouldn’t have the lads in if we didn’t have the final, we’d just be planning for pre-season as normal coming back before the end of June.

‘It’s a hindrance more than it is something to look forward to, to be honest.'

Baffins return to action for the first time since a 2-2 Wessex League Premier draw at AFC Portchester on December 15 when they face Hampshire Premier League club Liss tomorrow.

Wilkinson is planning on taking a squad of around 20 players and handing 45 minutes to the majority of them.

He said: ‘We’ve got a few youngsters I want to look at, the pitches are not great at the minute so we’ll just look to get at least 45 minutes into their legs.

‘Hopefully, we’ll probably do a bit again (training) next week, and by then we should start having some dates thrown at us.'