Checkatrade Trophy: Cambridge United FC v Peterborough United FC
Both Cambridge United FC and Peterborough United FC may well be eyeing up a potential Wembley appearance through traditional league channels, but as the two Clubs do ‘battle’ this week, it will be the Checkatrade Trophy that is at the forefront of their minds, as they bid to book an alternative route to the venue in April next year.
The tournaments format of 16 regional groups of four teams, meant that the two clubs were drawn against one another, joined by fellow rivals, Northampton Town FC and the Premier Leagues, Southampton FC; Category One Academy team.
The two exchanged paths in 2015 for a friendly match, in memory of the late Chris Turner, who managed both teams. But, the fixture hasn’t been the focal-point of competitive action since a goalless draw, back in 2001.
Subsequently, the game is likely to have a little more ‘edge’ than your typical fixture in this tournament, especially in the minds of supporters.
The POSH currently top the group as we head into the final fixture, but all is very much still to play for, with both teams able to occupy the top two positions required to progress to the knockout stages.
One party that are particularly looking forward to the occasion, is Mick George Ltd, official sponsors of both Clubs. Given the differing league status that exists at present, it’s a rare opportunity for the local business’s two showcase partnerships to feature on the same pitch.
To celebrate the event, a special Skip Challenge is planned for the half-time interval, with Club fans going head-to-head, with increased prizes up for grabs, notwithstanding the local bragging rights.
Jon Stump, Finance Director at Mick George Ltd commented: ‘’As with all local derbies, there will inevitably be a good atmosphere created. Everyone connected with both Clubs’ is looking forward to the evening, and what we’re sure will be a fantastic contest.‘’