Melton Mowbray aiming for cup shock against Bardon Hill

While the battle for promotion and the Senior League title race hots up, Melton Mowbray have a welcome distraction with a big county cup clash on Wednesday.

Melton face a tough test in the Jelson Homes Senior Cup semi-finals against higher league Bardon Hill. The match is being held at Loughborough Dynamo FC (kick-off 7.45pm).

Bardon seemed to be heading for the East Midlands Counties League title as they headed the table with games in hand, but have since stumbled in the finishing straight.

Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at Blaby and Whetstone was their third straight loss and left them second, nine points behind leaders St Andrews, with two games in hand.

Following a blank weekend and last Saturday’s washout at Saffron, Melton have not played since March 21, but face league action on Saturday before the midweek cup tie.

They travel to second-bottom Desford to begin a run of three season-defining away games.