SURPRISE package Stamford Bridge go into the penultimate weekend of the season as the only club still capable of pulling off a Hunters ECB Yorkshire League North double.

The Low Catton Road outfit travel to Yorkshire Academy tomorrow, still trailing their hosts by just four points with two premier league fixtures left of the campaign.

Second-placed York, who are level on points with Bridge, will entertain neighbours Clifton Alliance, meanwhile, as the title race enters its final straight.

On Sunday, Stamford Bridge will then take on fourth-placed Harrogate in the League Cup final at Sheriff Hutton Bridge, having already created club history by going that far in the competition, following the York League restructure.

Ahead of an exciting two days for the club, Stamford Bridge skipper Matthew Beckett enthused: “It’s a big weekend.

“Our aim this season was to try and break into the top three or four and to have a good run in the cup. We’ve just continued to take things game-by-game as the old saying goes and have tried to improve week on week.

“Now, we’re going into the penultimate weekend still in with a chance of winning the league and the cup, so we’re hoping we can finish it off with some silverware. The second and third teams have just missed out on their respective leagues, so it would be great for the first team to win a trophy.”

Wicket-keeper Josh Cooper is unavailable for both contests, but his place will be taken by experienced gloveman Mark Tennant, who has fulfilled duties behind the stumps for previous clubs and has been in the side all term, as a valuable fielder and batsman.

For the cup final, youngster Martin Woodliffe will also come into the team with Stuart Boyle dropping out.

On the challenge of facing the Academy and prospect of also pipping rivals York to the title, Beckett added: “We had a narrow home defeat against the Academy early in the season, when both teams bowled really well.

“We got them out for 130 and then fell about ten runs short, but we’ve performed a lot better with the bat as the season has gone on. All three sides - us, the Academy and York - have been playing some fantastic cricket and been on terrific runs for about three months now.

“Normally, you’d have expected one of us to slip up, but all three teams have just kept winning and there has been a little gap to the rest for a while.”