WFA Cup Quarter Final Preview With only five months to go before The WFA Cup final there are eight teams who are all preparing for the quarter final round taking place over the next few weeks. The eight teams battling to reach The WFA Cup final are; Aspire PFC , Manchester United PFC, Middlesbrough PFC, Northern Thunder, Nottingham PFC, West Bromwich Albion, West Bromwich Albion Throstles and Villa Rockets. The WFA cup quarter final draw which took place on Saturday 26th January the following teams where drawn: Middlesbrough PFC v Manchester United PFC Villa Rockets v WBA Throstles Northern Thunder v WBA PFC Nottingham PFC v Aspire PFC Middlesbrough PFC have been drawn at home against current MDUK Championship league leaders Manchester United PFC. The Premiership Teeside club will be hoping to secure a win following the away side knocking out both Middlesbrough PFC 2nd and 3rd team. Head Coach Carolyn Bean is hoping to secure the win and set club history. She said: “We’re very excited to be playing Manchester United at home in the quarterfinals of the WFA Cup. After they knocked out our club’s 3rd then 2nd teams we are hoping we can beat them and be through to the semifinals for the first time in Middlesbrough Powerchair Football Club’s history. We are training hard as we are now settling into our new first team structure and are hoping our recent regional and cup form will continue.” However, Jordan Duke player/coach of Manchester United PFC states the team are very excited to be playing in the clubs first ever quarter final in the WFA Cup. Jordan said: “ We are really looking forward to our first ever quarter final in The WFA Cup. We’ll be going into it with a lot of confidence and will thrive on the opportunity. Lately we’ve been starting to play some great passing football, being patient in the build up play and making sure we take our chances. I’m sure that if we can play our game, our tempo, go out there and enjoy the occasion then we can get through to the Semi Finals!” Villa Rockets, who have previously played in The WFA Cup Final, have been drawn at home against West Bromwich Albion Throstles. The Rockets have been known to cause cup upsets with the side knowing when and how to turn up on the pitch. Daniel Kay, Villa Rockets player states previous games against Throstles have always been close. Daniel said: “I’m really looking forward to playing. The past games against them have been close but I’m confident if we work hard we can get the win. It’ll be an amazing game for spectators to watch.” Paul Hunt, Throstles Head Coach states there will be even more of a challenge especially with it being a derby game. Paul said: “Myself and the players are looking forward to the challenge against Villa Rockets. There’s always an extra edge to a derby game! We are going into the match confident following a positive performance in the previous round” Last years WFA Cup winners West Bromwich Albion PFC have been drawn away to Northern Thunder. The side from Birmingham who are currently sitting top of The MDUK Premiership, will have a long journey up to Newcastle home of Northern Thunder. This match will be an exciting prospective 40 minutes with both sides already have a taste of playing at St Georges Park as well as lifting The WFA Cup. Sam Smith, player at Northern Thunder and England player states this is an opportunity to show teams they are still contenders for both The WFA Cup and League title. Sam said: “We are excited for the challenge of playing last years league and cup winners. It is an opportunity for us to show we are still contenders for both the cup and the league. We know that we have the ability to cause an upset. It’s a good time to be playing them, before the league season resumes. It’s a big game for us going forward and will help us to prepare us for the rest of season. Speaking to The WFA Website, captain of West Bromwich Albion PFC and England player Chris Gordon said: “As a squad we always look forward to the WFA Cup Draw to see who it is that stands in our way to try and get to the FA Disability Finals Day at St Georges Park. The Quarter-Final draw away at Norther Thunder is a very exciting fixture, one that I’m sure the rest of the Powerchair Football community will be split over the potential outcome. However we have had a great start to the WFA Premier League season, and currently sit at the top of the table 5 points better off than Northern Thunder so we are extremely confident of going there and getting a result. The lads have trained extremely hard of the last few weeks to make sure the best WBA PFC team turns up on Saturday afternoon.” Nottingham PFC have been drawn home to Aspire PFC in what will be a tough encounter for the home side. Earlier this season in the MDUK Premiership Nottingham drew with Aspire, Ricky Stevenson Head Coach at NPFC states following the league result his side will be ready to face Aspire and are practising penalties just in case. Ricky said: “NPFC are looking forward to hosting Aspire on 10th March in the WFA Cup Quarter Final. We have played home fixtures in this season’s cup and we hop the home advantage will play it’s role when they play us. We have played Aspire once in the league so far and having drew with them 0-0 we don’t play them again til the end of the season. We will be ready for the game and based on the last league fixture will practise penalties just in case.” Meanwhile, Jon Bolding coach at Aspire and the current England skipper are hoping for an entertaining match following previous matches. Jon said: “We are really looking forward to the quarter final match against Notts. Our matches against Notts are always entertaining and we are going there full of confidence and looking to put on a good performance to see us through to the semi final” We’ve heard from all the coaches/captains leading up to their quarter final matches but, who will be 40 minutes away from playing at St George’s Park in The WFA Cup Final which, is being part of The FA Disability Cup we will have to wait and see. Don’t forget you can follow The WFA on our official social media platforms; Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram where you can find results as they come in.