Cottesmore, Yaxley Reserves, Oakham United and Uppingham Town kick-off the Rutland Cup competition
The quest for silverware begins for teams on Saturday when the opening matches of the Rutland Cup take place.
The semi-finals feature Cottesmore – who will now play Yaxley Reserves following the withdrawal from the competition of Ketton – with hosts Oakham United then facing Uppingham Town.
The matches kick-off at 1pm and 4pm respectively with the winners securing their places in the final at Lands’ End Meadow on Saturday, July 24.
The event has been organised by Stewart Lambie with all proceeds going to the Pepper’s mental health scheme in Oakham who will be the first charity to benefit from what will hopefully be an annual competition.
The tournament is returning after a 24-year absence with the original trophy up for grabs which was last won by Cottesmore.
The Leicestershire Senior League side go into their match boosted by goalkeeper Alex Brown and midfielder Eddie McDonald both committing to another season at Westray Park.
Brown was the club’s players’ player of the year last term and brings higher level experience after playing a key part in last season’s successful league start before the Covid curtailment.
McDonald showed his quality in last season’s limited outings and the club is delighted to have retained a player of his calibre.
Saturday’s first semi-final is followed by hosts Oakham who are under new management having appointed Seb Hayes as their new boss.
They will face an Uppingham side aiming for a quick-fire trophy double following their recent success in the Peterborough League’s Senior Cup competition.
The event has already attracted a number of sponsors with Crown Tavern sports bar, Titans Building Services Limited, Rutland Late Night Pharmacy, Lisa Baines of Polished, Bee Bee Beauty, BEfit Gymnasium, Bill’s Bar, Orbis of Oakham, BBS Fencing Ltd and Chris’ Childcare supporting it. Maccasports have also agreed to donate four match balls.