William Twigg Albion FC aiming for treble trophy winBy Adam Lee
April 26, 2012
Having already won the Bracknell Town & District Sunday League this season, William Twigg Albion are now on the hunt for the next piece of silverware in what could be an unprecedented treble for the club.
The name William Twigg has become synonimous with winning trophies at Sunday League level, and this weekend they have the chance to add the Aldershot Senior Sunday Cup to their honours list when they take on FC Camberley at Aldershot’s EBB Stadium (2.30pm kick-off).
And the following week, they have the chance for yet more glory when they face AFC Loddon in the Bracknell league’s Senior Cup final at Larges Lane.
Having won just about every cup competition available to them over the past decade, Twigg manager Mick Havermans decided to venture into new pastures by entering his side into the Aldershot Cup this season.
So far his players haven’t let him down, dispatching the top three teams in the Aldershot & District Sunday Football League on course to the final.
Having received a bye into the second round, they beat Ash Rangers 1-0 courtesy of a Stuart Kent strike.
It was against West Farnborough in the quarter-final where Twigg had their finest hour, though.
Twigg demolished the free-scoring Aldershot league champions 8-1 as hat-tricks from Garry Sargeant and Jon Bennett, as well as further strikes from Joel Havermans and Gary Newson, secured their passage into the last four.
There they were given a stern test by Fleet Hawks, before eventually winning 2-1 after extra-time with Joel Havermans and Gary Callaway scoring.
And should they beat FC Camberley on Saturday, boss Mick Havermans believes it would be his best achievement in his two years in charge, surpassing even his league title accomplishments.
“Except for one year when the club didn’t put a team in, we have won the league 10 years on the spin,” he said.
“We've won the league cup and the Berks & Bucks Cup and I thought this one would be a different challenge.
“I’ve played in this cup before and I knew it would be good for us, while the final is at Aldershot and that is a lovely surface to play on.
“This would mean more to me than winning the league and after the Berks & Bucks Cup this is the biggest cup for us.
“It would mean a lot to win it.”
The Twigg squad is packed full of names familiar to followers of local non-league football, with many signed on at one of the area’s Hellenic or Combined Counties League teams.
Goalkeeper Chris Adams plays for Bracknell Town, while winger Matt Humphrey also turned out for the Robins this season.
Callaway, Sargeant, Joel Havermans and Matt Surshall are at Binfield, while Bennett plays for Ascot United and Gary Newson and Taylor Elliot-Money are at Sandhurst Town.
Even the manager played for Bracknell Town, Binfield and Finchampstead, and despite already banging in 16 goals this season, he will be on the bench on Sunday.
And with a full-strength squad to choose from, Havermans believes his side will give FC Camberley plenty to think about when they meet.
“Our two main goalscorers, Garry Sargeant and Jon Bennett, are a threat, while my son Joel is the engine room of the team in centre midfield,” said Havermans.
“We’ve also got a good keeper in Chris Adams. We’re strong all over and we don’t really have a weakness in the team.”