Handling hitmen is key to cup success

Elland United, holders of the Skircoat Green Physiotherapy Challenge Cup, face a tough looking second round game at Midgley United tomorrow.

Elland have not made the best of starts to the season, while their hosts have begun well on their return to the top flight.

Both sides have strikers that can win games and the key to success could rest with defenders trying to contain the deadly combinations.

Elland have Mark Kelsey and Carlton Balmer while Midgley have the prolific Tom Booth supported by dangerous partner George Bamford.

Another mouth-watering tie is at Kebroyd where Ryburn United take on Premier Division leaders Stump Cross.

Ryburn were beaten 4-2 at Stump in their opening league game and will be looking to avenge that defeat on their own turf.

Stump will be dangerous foes following their shock FACup defeat at AFC Crossleys last week and are sure to be fired up for this clash.

The derby at Calder 76, where Hebden Royd Red Star are the visitors, could be close.

Over the years it has been Calder that went into meetings between the two as underdogs, but for this one they still start favourites against their division-lower visitors.

There is another derby at Sowerby Bridge, where Sowerby United are the visitors. This one also looks likely to be close with Bridge having a 100 per cent home record and several ex-United men looking to put one over their former club.

Greetland have not hit top form and may have to work hard to reach the next round at the expense of division lower Wadsworth United.

Holmfield should win at Northowram while Shelf United go to Natty Lane and may account for Mixenden United.

Elland Allstars take on Halifax Irish Centre in an all-first division tie. The Allstars might just edge it with the help of home advantage.

Invitation Cup holders Sowerby Bridge Reserves travel to league newcomers Shelf FC in the second round tomorrow.

Shelf have won their last three games but could find 10-goal Michael Rigby and his side too hot to handle.

Midgley United Reserves were beaten in last season’s final and will be hoping to go one better this time. They travel to Warley Rangers Reserves, where they drew 2-2 in the league last week.

Denholme United Reserves host Calder 76 Reserves in a meeting of the top two in the third division. First division Ryburn United Reserves travel to Savile Arms from two divisions lower.

Greetland Reserves face a possible banana skin when they travel to Brighouse Sports.

West Central, in spite of home advantage, may find Sowerby United Res just a bit too strong.

Shelf United Reserves look likely winners at home to Elland Allstars Reserves.

The only game in the Premier Division has Copley United hosting Warley Rangers.

It’s only the visitors’ third league game of the season but draws in their opening two suggests they can at least avoid defeat against a Copley side that had a welcome win in last week’s Halifax FACup game at Greetland.