Cup win leaves Albion buzzing for Knaresborough trip

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Kulwinder Sandhu Kulwinder Sandhu

Albion Sports will be in buoyant mood when they go to new boys Knaresborough Town in the Baris Northern Counties East League Division One on Saturday.

Kulwinder Sandhu’s men only stepped onto the non-league ladder 15 months ago and claimed arguably their best result since then when they turned over Evo-Stik League outfit Farsley in the West Riding County Cup on Tuesday.

Farsley had home advantage but Albion romped to a 4-1 win. Sandhu said, “That is the best we have ever played and it was against a full strength Farsley. I was chuffed and we really deserved it. In fact it could have been more because we had two goals disallowed, one for an offside that only the assistant referee saw.

“We had Temour Khan, Roy Stamer and Gary Tyson all missing as well. Gary will be back for tomorrow though and we just want to take the pride of Tuesday into this game and try to get a win.”

Albion are just in the bottom half of the table but are a point better off than Saturday’s hosts having played two games fewer.

Another club with games in hand is Eccleshill United and they will be under caretaker manager Dai Jones for the first time when they host Pontefract Collieries. Jones was placed in temporary charge by director of football Mark Ellis when Ian Banks left the hot seat a fortnight ago but two subsequent postponements have delayed Jones’ start.

Brighouse Town are fourth in the Premier Division and they have home advantage this weekend over Staveley MW who were many people’s promotion favourites. It has not been the best of starts for Staveley but Town cannot lift themselves in the table, even with a win as there is a four point gap between them and the top three.

The other two local clubs in the top tier are both away but Liversedge will fancy their chances of a maximum at third from bottom Nostell MW. Sedge had an excellent result in the West Riding County Cup in midweek as they knocked out Farsley’s league rivals Garforth Town with a 5-3 away win.

It could be a big afternoon for Thackley if they can gain a win on their travels. The Dennyboys are just one place below Saturday's hosts Parkgate. The home side are seventh but have just one more point than Vince Brockie’s Thackley and have played one game more.

Silsden are looking to get their season in the North West Counties Premier Division back on track when they host St Helens Town.

The Cobbydalers and the Saints are long term rivals and for many years shared the frustrations of preferring to play away. The counterparts were tenants at rugby league clubs and had to contend with bumpy fields with longer than desirable grass.

Those days are gone and Silsden welcome St Helens to their spiritual home of Keighley Road now that they are back in the village.

Last time out Silsden were leapfrogged after a mid-table battle. They will be spared that ignominy this weekend as even if they lose, the visitors will have to rattle in double figures without reply to go above them.

The Cobbydalers are 15th after banking 14 points while the Saints are two places lower with three points less, but they have a far inferior goal difference.

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