West Riding County Amateur Football League: The same foes twice for Ovenden

THE first of two meetings in eight days between Ovenden West Riding and Marsden takes place at Natty Lane, Illingworth tomorrow.

They cross swords in the Premier Division prior to a rematch the following Saturday in the League Cup.

Ovenden will be hoping to take into these games the committment they showed in defeating Hebden Royd Red Star in the Halifax FA Cup.

Robbie Graham (back) and Graham Hall (leg) look unlikely to make the starting line-up. Matt and Gareth Jones are both available.

Marsden are currently in sixth spot. A creditable two all draw last Saturday at Campion will provide West Riding with plenty to think about.

Brighouse Town will try to get last weekend's FA Cup exit against Huddersfield Amateurs out of their system on a trip to Steeton.

Town gave up home advantage in order to play Huddersfield Amateurs but eventually lost on a penalties in horrendous conditions.

That was a disappointment after the 2-0 derby win over Ovenden the previous week.

Steeton will be tough nuts to crack. They are third in the Premier Division table and won an even contest 1-0 at St Giles Road earlier in the season when a defensive mix-up led to the all important goal.

Town, who are seventh, will hope to have Oliver Taylor back at centre half following a calf injury sustained against Ovenden.

Ovenden West Riding Reserves will be looking to climb the Division Two table again when they receive Long Lee to Shroggs Park in a first ever meeting of the clubs,

The Keighleyd side are a couple of places below West Riding in their first season in the WRCAL.

Ovenden hope to have Craig Boothroyd available after he missed last week's 8-0 victory at Tingley Athletic. Mick Gracey made a return from injury in that game to boost John Margison's squad.

More previews of the weekend's local football in Friday's Courier