GLOUCESTERSHIRE County League’s representative team take on their Somerset County League counterparts on Wednesday night (March 18) for a warm-up tussle of significant proportions.

The fixture takes place on the 3G pitch at the GFA’s Oaklands Park HQ in Almondsbury (7.45pm) and presents an ideal opportunity for both camps to engage in competitive practice ahead of the start of this year’s national FA Inter-League Cup assault.

The Marcliff-backed Gloucestershire team, managed by Chipping Sodbury boss Karl Reese and Kings Stanley supremo Sam Prior, take on Dorset Football League on Saturday, April 11 for a preliminary round tie at Tytherington Rocks FC (3pm).

Next Wednesday's Gloucestershire squad includes three players - Mike Beacham, Sam Jenkins and Danny Coombes - from the Chipping Sodbury club which has been doing so well in the league this season.

Gloucestershire County League secretary Ron Holpin explained: “This match this Wednesday at the GFA is likely to be a good one in its own right, as games between us and Somerset are always close.

“But it’s important too because it gives players on both sides a chance to pose a few selection problems for their respective managers ahead of the start of the Inter-League Cup tournament, which is held every two years and has the prize of a European competition for the eventual winners up for grabs.

“We have never got past the second round stage of this tournament during the past eight years and four tournaments we’ve taken part in, so we’d like to think we can at least go one better.

“We’ve decided to cancel all our County League fixtures on April 11 when we take on Dorset, because most of the players involved play for 50 per cent of our clubs, and we’re hoping as many of them as possible and their families, friends and club colleagues turn up to cheer us on at Tytherington.”

Glos County League squad v Somerset: Joe Pole (AEK Boco), Tim Griffiths (Cheltenham CS), Aaron Day (Rockleaze Rangers), Mike Beacham (Chipping Sodbury), Keiron Golding (Bristol Telephones), Jack Baber (Hanham Athletic), Teejay Bick (Cheltenham CS), Sam Jenkins (Chipping Sodbury), Simon Clarke (Kingswood), Andrew Roberts (Kings Stanley), Phil Vice (Patchway Town), Charlie Stevens (AEK Boco), Dhani Goulding (Bristol Telephones), Stuart Midwinter (Cheltenham CS), Danny Coombes (Chipping Sodbury), Gary Simmons (Kingswood).

Somerset County League: Adam Bell, Matt Long, James Springett, Stuart Lee (all Nailsea Utd); Scott Bamford, Ciaran Greening, Dan Spicer (all Shirehampton); Scott Saunders, Dan Spill (all Cutters Friday); Connor O’Neil, Callum Laird, Harry Horton, Matt Connick, Josh Hayward (all Bridgwater Reserves); Jack Taylor (Berrow); Gary Clarke (Wrington Redhill); Sam Krug (Clutton); Matt Brown (Fry Club).