Mathers could miss mouthwatering FA Cup derby against former club

Albion Sports' Matt Mathers picked up an injury on Wednesday and could miss facing his former club Thackley in the FA Cup

Albion Sports' Matt Mathers picked up an injury on Wednesday and could miss facing his former club Thackley in the FA Cup

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THE extra-preliminary round of the FA Cup has thrown up a very tasty derby.

Thackley host Bradford rivals Albion Sports, who are currently playing their football outside the city for a second successive season.

Sports are tenants at Farsley’s Throstle Nest but that is still just a little under five miles from Dennyfield.

Dennyboys’ secretary Mark Holstead said: “We are making a big day of it for the community and there will be a lot of former Thackley players coming along.

“There will be a few former Thackley players in Albion’s side if the three that switched to them in the close season are in the side. That will give an extra edge to what was always going to be a competitive cup tie.”

Matt Morgan, James Firth and Matt Mathers moved from the Dennyboys to Albion after Andy Patterson formulated his budget and re-shaped his squad. One incoming player was former Bradford City player of the year Luke O’Brien.

Albion boss Kulwinder Sandhu said: “We are looking forward to it, Thackley are a great club and it should be a very good game. I wish we had a few more players available though.

“I have two men still away on holiday and Matt Mathers picked up an injury in our win at Cleethorpes Town on Wednesday night. He will want to play against his old club but we’ll have to see how he is in the morning.”

The other local semi-pro clubs involved at this early stage all face tough ties against teams from the traditionally strong Northern League.

The draw has been particularly unkind to Eccleshill United and Liversedge as both have to make long journeys on the back of two defeats.

The Eagles head to Jarrow Roofing Boldon, while Sedge’s hosts are Seaham Red Star.

Silsden have home advantage over Consett, and at least the Cobbydalers have had better preparation as they have played four league games already.

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