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One step from glory

Filed: Thursday, 19th April 2012
By: Staff Writer

West Ham could be appearing in one fairly important Final before the end of this season - however a supporters' team will be hoping to win some silverware of their own before then.

Long before Sam Allardyce's side hope to appear at Wembley in the Championship play-off Final next month (barring a collapse of catastrophic proportions by Southampton, of course), West Ham iFC - a team comprised of Irons fans, the majority of whom are season ticket holders - will be taking place in in the Final of the IFC London Cup, where Watford await them.

WHiFC - who beat four rivals on their way to the final of the competition and are in great form having won their last 13 games - take on the Hornets this Saturday morning at the Paringdon Sports Club in Harlow hoping to win their first London Cup since the team's formation back in 1998.

And manager Vinny White says his team are optimistic of winning the team their first silverware for some considerable time. "We have a great chance," he told KUMB.com. "Our regular squad is 100 per cent fit meaning we can put out the team that has been so consistant this season.

"We know Watford will be stronger for a Final than they were in the league games - both of which we won - so we have to be aware of the threat they pose. But we should go into the game with confidence.

"In our group [leading to the Final] we had AFC Wimbledon 'A', Kingstonian and Carlisle Utd London. We then beat Barnet in the semi-final. So far this season we have played 20, won 17, drawn one and lost two."

Meanwhile Watford joint manager Dave Messenger, whose team go into the game very much the underdogs added: "The games with West Ham are our favourite fixtures in the calendar. We’ve never met with silverware at stake but both teams will be desperate to win once the first ball is kicked.

"We’ve got a strong squad out with six survivors from our Worldnet Final against Preston in 2008. Though we know West Ham will be hard to beat, we’re confident of going one better than that day and bringing the cup back to Watford."

The IFA London Cup Final kicks off at 10am this Saturday morning. With West Ham's first team not playing this weekend, all Irons fans are welcome to pop along and give the iFC team their full support.

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