Hartley Wintney FC will be competing in their second cup final following their success in winning the Hampshire Invitational Cup. This time it is the Under 23 Development Team who have the chance to bring more silverware back to the village.

In times past, the Suburban League was the preserve of the reserve sides belonging to clubs in mainly the Isthmian League and Southern Leagues.

However with the advent of Development Academies, a number of clubs use the league to provide experience in the young players progression.

Both Hartley Wintney and the Corinthians play in the Premier Division, and when the season was brought to a premature end Corinthians were placed in seventh of 14 teams, with the Row in 11th place.

Hartley Wintney FC

Hartley Wintney FC

The Corinthians play their matches by coincidence in a village called Hartley in Kent.

Over the past few seasons the first team has had considerable success. This has seen them reach the semi final stage of the FA Vase losing on penalties to Hebden.

They have also gained promotion to the Isthmian League.

The club take great pride in their youth and development set up and produce many talented players.

The competition like most was slightly affected by Covid with a couple of matches being defaulted.

To reach the Final the Corinthians did well to beat competition favourites Bromley under 23 Development by three goals to two. Bromley play in the National League.

It promises to be a good final with many talented young players on both sides. Both sides have good coaches and the final is a suitable reward for their efforts.