Ben Nabozny, Birky’s last line of defence, is a class act, combining sound defence with electric pace on attack compared to the black and whites' new arrival Jimmy Waine, who is rapidly stamping his mark in an identical manner.
Wyke welcome back their former coach, prop Ian Wormald, who will be in the front row alongside his long-term comrade, BARLA international Simon Owen.
They will, however, lack injured forward Steve Richardson (back) and youngster Jordon Myers (knee).
Birkenshaw will announce their starting line-up after a number of health checks shortly before kick-off.
The Hudson Foster Supplementary Bradford Cup match between Wyke A and Odsal Sedbergh A, which is scheduled for a 1.30pm start, could be switched to Odsal Rec pending the state of the pitch.
Queensbury are also in cup action for the second week on the trot - at Thornhill Trojans in the second round of the Pennine League President's Cup.
Bury, who pulled off a stunning National Cup success at Haydock last week, have an abundance of talent available with the return of Dan Clark, Rob Nagy and Ash Ryan for the clash against the much-fancied Premier Division Trojans.
However, loose forward Josh Naylor, who is on a coaching course, misses out.
In the Premier Division, West Bowling are set to give teenager Oliver Bartle his first taste of senior rugby when they travel to Queens, seeking the double.
West enjoyed a 20-8 home success in October against the Leeds outfit that have been blowing hot and cold all season, and will be well aware that the hosts are still smarting from the visit of Division Four Victoria Rangers, who dumped them out of the National Cup.
Harriers, whose abandoned President's Cup tie against Upton last week is going to be replayed, are seeking their first win of the campaign against a Warriors side that have only one league success to show for their efforts.
Victoria Rangers will put one hand on the Division Four trophy if they succeed, as expected, at Dearne Valley Bulldogs.