Burton are one of eight who could go all the way

Burton Park Wanderers manager Joe Smyth
Burton Park Wanderers manager Joe Smyth
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Burton Park Wanderers manager Joe Smyth believes that every side left in the Junior Cup will fancy their chances of going all the way.

Burton entertain Combination outfit Stanion Redstar at Latimer Park in the last eight at the weekend and while the hosts will be favourites to progress, Smyth is taking nothing for granted.

He said: “I’ve seen them play and they’re a good side with quite a few ex-UCL players.

“They’ve beaten the holders (Rushden & Higham) away from home and they’ll give us a difficult game.

“We’ll give them the respect they deserve but we’re at home, we’ve had a good first half of the season and we’re feeling confident of going through.”

Burton are one of four UCL Division One clubs left in the competition but Smyth thinks that this year it is very open and the other seven remaining sides will have an identical opinion.

He added: “We’re one of the highest ranked sides left and four of the top UCL teams aren’t eligible for this particular competition.

“A bit of luck is needed to get through and with the weather and pitch conditions it could be a bit like a toss of a coin.

“It’s up to how we perform on the day and we’re all fit and ready to go.”

Northampton Spencer entertain ON Chenecks in the other quarter-final on Saturday while Brixworth and Peterborough Northern Star Reserves booked their semi-final spots last weekend.

Stewarts & Lloyds have the opportunity to give their bid to beat the drop from the ChromaSport & Trophies UCL Premier Division a real boost when they head to fellow strugglers Sileby Rangers at the weekend.

The Occupation Road side, who lost 3-0 at Sleaford last time out, last tasted victory three months ago

Elsewhere, Desborough will be looking to build on last weekend’s 3-0 win over Wisbech when they travel to Yaxley.

There is a local derby at Chancery Lane in Division One as Thrapston, who recorded a first win (2-1) under Richard Scott at Bugbrooke last time out, entertain Irchester.

Rushden & Higham will be odds-on to get the better of basement dwellers Woodford at Hayden Road.

Two of the area’s sides are on the road with Whitworth travelling to Bourne and Rothwell Corinthians visiting St Neots Saints.

The other fixture of the weekend sees Raunds at home to Peterborough Sports.