Albion Sports must put on Sunday best in FA Cup

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EVO-STIK League clubs enter the FA Cup this weekend as Farsley and Brighouse Town join Albion Sports in the preliminary round.

Albion are the only local survivors after the extra preliminary round but they have the toughest tie of the area's three remaining clubs.

Kulwinder Sandhu's men host Northern League top-tier outfit Ashington in a Sunday fixture.

Both Albion and landlords Farlsey were handed home ties, so the tenants had to put their game back 24 hours.

Farsley's opponents tomorrow are Athersley Recreation, who are Premier Division rivals of Albion in the Toolstation Northern Counties East League.

Farsley will be favourites to progress – and not just because they are from a higher league.

Neil Parsley's men are third in Evo-Stik League Division One North after winning three of their opening four fixtures. Athersley have played three and have won one, drawn one and lost one.

Brighouse travel to Cheshire to take on West Didsbury & Chorlton, who are in the North West Counties League Premier Division alongside Silsden.

Paul Quinn's side will also be expected to go through but will be licking their wounds after their first defeat of the season on Monday.

Yet Brighouse are still eighth in the table with seven points, while their opponents have banked six points but have played seven league fixtures.

The carrot for clubs in this round is a windfall of £1,925 from the prize fund and a place in the first qualifying round.

Albion are already £1,500 better off after beating Thackley in a local derby in the previous round.

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