TWO of our football teams are bidding to make their own piece of Lincs Cup history this weekend - and Bobby Patterson is playing for both of them.
The defender will captain Pinchbeck United in the semi-final of the Lincs Junior Cup on Saturday, less than 24 hours before turning out for Cowbit in the last four of the Lincs Sunday Cup.
Peterborough and District Premier Division high-fliers Pinchbeck travel to Humberston as they bid to book a place in the county showpiece for the first time in 50 years against No1 Pub Saturday (2.15pm).
All eyes then turn to the Castle Sports Complex, where Spalding Sunday League outfit Cowbit host FVA Jerusalem (10.45pm) in the biggest game of their history.
And while pampered Premier League players often moan about playing twice a week, Patterson is relishing his blockbuster weekend.
He said: “It’s a massive weekend to be fair and it’s huge for both teams.
“I can’t wait for both games, with Pinchbeck we are probably considered favourites, while for Cowbit it’s just a fantastic achievement to have got this far.
“For that reason I’m more nervous about Saturday. It’s 20 years since Pinchbeck won a league title and 50 since we won the Lincs Cup, so for most people this is biggest game they can remember at the club.
“A lot of UCL teams want our players and I believe most of use could do a job there, but we’d rather stay here and win things with Pinchbeck.
“But our run to the semi-finals with Cowbit is unbelievable, we’re just a bunch of local lads that don’t really have much experience at a higher level.”
Pinchbeck, who reached the quarter-finals last season, are the first local side to reach the last four of the county competition since Wyberton in 2008.
Cowbit meanwhile, are bidding to become the first Spalding Sunday League outfit to make the finals of their version of the county cup since HSJ Exchange back in 2004.
Steve Barnes, who played for Exchange in that final, is now assistant manager with Pinchbeck.
And the ex-Holbeach United man believes that Pinchbeck’s game is the biggest fixture many of his charges will have ever played in.
He said: “I couldn’t say for sure, but this is probably the biggest game most of the lads have ever been involved in.
“So you just hope that the likes of Ian Dunn, Mark Lovelace, Bobby Patterson and Lee Marshall will use their experience and help the other lads out.
“It’s a massive, massive game and I just hope we give a good account of ourselves.”
Pinchbeck will have to do without the unavailable Andy Law at St Christophers, but other than that they are at full strength.
The winners of Saturday’s tussle meet either Swineshead Institute or Saltfleet United in the final.
Barnes admits that a clash with Boston and District League-based Swineshead, who won the competition two seasons ago, would be a mouth-watering one, but he’s refusing to look past Saturday’s opponents.
Should Cowbit see off Lincoln-based Jerusalem, they will meet holders Seven Seas or Birds Eye Athletic.
Having already beaten an Adelaide side that lead the league Jerusalem are currently toiling in, the omens look good for Steve Mastin’s team. As for Patterson, he’s booked Monday off work in anticipation of a celebratory drink or two.
• Pinchbeck are taking two coaches to the game on Saturday, with over 100 fans already booking their seat.
Seats on the bus will cost £10 and it will leave Spalding bus station at 10.30am, before making a stop at the Bull in Pinchbeck at 10.45am. Call 07931963513 to book your place.