CREWE FC and Nantwich Town Reserves go head-to-head in the Crewe and District FA Cup final at Jackson Avenue on Saturday (2pm).
The Dabbers' second string will be aiming to wrestle the trophy from Crewe's grasp and an intriguing contest is in prospect.
Crewe manager Ian O'Reilly is struggling in attack with Jon Dawson ineligible, having played for Nantwich in an earlier round of the competition, and Lee Westwood (ankle), Martin Caldwell (knee) and Dave Hanson (back) all doubtful.
Young forward Barry Murrell may be handed a starting role.
O'Reilly said: 'We are the holders of the trophy and we won't be giving it up easily. It will be a good test for us and it would be a great way to end the season for us if we can win it.'
Nantwich chairman Clive Jackson said: 'Crewe FC have had a very good season and have put together probably their strongest squad, and our reserves have had a good start in their first season in Division Two of the Mid-Cheshire League.
'We respect the Crewe FA Cup and it's a competition I've won a few times as a manager myself, but we feel it would be unfair on the reserves to put out our first team in the final.
'Having said that, there will be one or two youngsters on view that I would hope can push through to the first team next season.
'Crewe must be favourites but if we can win it then we will obviously be delighted.'