Good chance for Valley trio to progress in first round of the Halifax FA Cup

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Hebden Royd Red Star, Midgley United and Calder ‘76 have all been drawn against opponents who finished below them last season in the Halifax FA Saturday Cup.

Red Star take on Holmfield, who were relegated from the Premier, and Craig Gee’s Midgley also have home advantage against Brighouse Sports, who were Division Three champions.

Calder travel to play West Central, runners-up to Brighouse, on October 18.

The clash of the round sends holders Ovenden West Riding to Halifax AFL champions Ryburn United, who they beat 4-0 in last year’s semi-finals on the way to a treble.

Draw: AFC Crossleys v Mixenden United, Brighouse OB v St Columbas, Brighouse Town v Northowram, Copley United v Huddersfield Amateurs, Elland Allstars v Ealandians, Greetland v Illingworth St Marys, Hebden Royd Red Star v Holmfield, Midgley United v Brighouse Sports, Ryburn United v Ovenden WR, Shelf United v Halifax Irish Centre, Sowerby Bridge v Elland United, Stump Cross v Halifax Irish Club, Volunteer Arms v Sowerbyy United, Warley Rangers Halifax v Salem, West Central v Calder 76. Bye: Stainland United. Matches on Saturday. October 18 (1-45).

A Calder Valley derby game between the reserve sides from Calder ‘76 and Midgley United helps to launch the Haslem Sheppard Halifax AFL’s programme next Wednesday.

Games in the other divisions take place on Friday and Saturday.

Wednesday - Division One: AFC Crossleys v Denholme United, Calder 76 Res v Midgley United Res, Elland Allstars v Volunteer Arms, Holmfield v Sowerby Bridge, Mixenden United v Salem, Ryburn United Res v Greetland AFC Res.