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Albion Sports delighted to dip their toes in the FA Cup water
The world’s oldest and most famous knockout competition begins on Saturday - on the same day as the Premier League.
It may seem like only yesterday that Wigan Athletic earned that famous FA Cup victory over Manchester City at Wembley but that is history now.
The trophy is up for grabs again and five of the local semi-pro clubs are involved in this weekend's extra-preliminary round.
Albion Sports will be the most proud as they have qualified for the competition for the first time in their history.
They have also been handed home advantage in their first ever tie. Albion, who are playing at Farsley’s Throstle Nest this season, are up against Northern League Division Two outfit North Shields.
Sports’ boss Kulwinder Sandhu said: “We have taken six points from six in the league, even though we stepped up a division, but this is something different.”
Albion had three players missing through injuries for their first couple of league games but Sandhu added: “Alex Cusack came on as a sub in midweek so he is coming back to fitness but Liam (Ormsby) and Karl (Hall) remain doubtful for the FA Cup match. We won’t know until the morning of the game.”
Brighouse Town have also been drawn at home and they will face one of North Shields’ rivals from the lower tier of the Northern League. Seaham Red Star will be making the trip to the Duel Seal Stadium.
Town are in good spirits after losing their opening league game 4-3 at home to Albion.
They got their season underway with a home win over Tadcaster Albion in midweek.
Thackley have home advantage but they are up against a club from the top tier of the same, traditionally strong Northern League.
Guisborough Town will be the Dennyboys’ visitors but the home side will feel confident after finding some good fortune as they opened their campaign with back-to-back victories.
The Dennyboys won 2-1 on the opening day of the Toolstation Northern Counties East League Premier Division, despite having two men sent off, and they recovered from 2-0 down to win 3-2 in midweek.
Liversedge are the only one of the area’s five clubs to be travelling and they could not have been handed a more difficult tie.
Low on confidence following two league defeats, they head to Morpeth Town, who are divisional rivals of Guisborough.
Silsden also face a very tough tie - but at least they are at home.
The Cobbydalers struggled in the North West Counties League Premier Division last season while Saturday's visitors Bridlington Town came third in the equivalent Northern Counties East top tier.
The Cobbydalers take some form into the game, having taken seven points from the 12 on offer so far but they are on the back of a defeat. They lost 3-1 at home to Colne in midweek.
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