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Ian Wormald wants to set the record straight against Sharlston Rovers
Wyke will meet last season’s BARLA National Cup runners-up Sharlston Rovers in the opening round at Towngate on Saturday.
The black and whites submitted their entry with the hopes of an away fixture to enjoy a bonding exercise but instead they have a good chance of causing a huge upset on home territory against one of the major sides in the amateur game.
Player-coach Ian Wormald, who faced Rovers on many occasions as a West Bowling stalwart, is unfazed regarding the clash, saying: “Unfortunately I was never on the winning side against them in all our close meetings, so it’s time to set the record straight.
"We have the talent to do the job, with our pack going extremely well, and hooker Aidy Doherty is in cracking form.
"Sam Kittsen is bossing the ruck, so we will hopefully have to wait for our travel jolly in the next round.”
The Warriors came out 22-10 winners on that occasion but it was a tight-run affair, with the score 10-10 at halfway.
Harriers packman Johnny Waddington was outstanding, together with Warriors centre Nick Walker, and it will be more of the same this time out.
Queensbury complete the local trio of home games, welcoming Batley Boys to Hill Top.
Bury may be battling hard to keep their Pennine League Premier Division League status but they will be determined to maintain their formidable cup pedigree against a Batley outfit challenging strongly for a Division One promotion spot.
West Bowling draft second-row forward Johnny Summers back into the squad for the tricky Championship visit to Knottingley Rockware.
The tough-tackling packman has been out injured for 15 months with a knee injury, and prop Liam Martin is also included after recovering from a damaged shoulder as West’s seek to keep up their momentum for the title.
Odsal Sedbergh have home advantage for the second week on the trot against Greetland All Rounders, whose Division Three fortunes have been transformed following the acquisition of a number of summer-based players.