Battle’s national cup final to be played at League One ground

Battle Baptists celebrate their second goal during their National Christian Cup quarter-final win against St Teresa's Norris Green. Picture by Simon Newstead
Battle Baptists celebrate their second goal during their National Christian Cup quarter-final win against St Teresa's Norris Green. Picture by Simon Newstead

Battle Baptist Football Club has announced this morning (Tuesday) that its upcoming national cup final will be played at a League One ground.

The Baptists have posted on Twitter that their National Christian Cup final will take place at The Valley, home of Charlton Athletic, on Saturday May 18 with a 5pm kick-off.

Their opponents will be St Sebastians, the Liverpool-based team which beat Battle in the semi-finals en route to winning the competition last season.

Admission will be £10 for adults and £5 for concessions. The club says it is working on travel options and will provide them soon.

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Battle have happy memories of playing at The Valley because it was there that they won the same competition back in 2017, beating Liverpool-based Bridge Chapel 3-1.

The Baptists have come through four rounds to reach this season’s final, defeating St Mary’s West Croydon 3-2 in round two, Newgen (Kent) 4-1 in round three, St Teresa’s Norris Green (Liverpool) 4-2 in the quarter-finals and Bankhall Mission (Liverpool) 2-1 in the semi-finals.

Battle still have one more East Sussex League Premier Division match to play before the final.

They will host Robertsbridge United on Saturday April 27 seeking a victory which would secure the runners-up spot and possibly even the title - if current second-placed side Sidley United lose at home to Robertsbridge this coming Saturday.