Edgehill and West Pier are the only two Scarborough League sides left in action for Saturday’s North Riding FA Challenge Cup third round, with both playing on home territory - weather permitting.
Steve Clegg’s Edgehill side are hitting good form at the moment, recovering from their slow start, and they will be firm favourites to progress from their tie at home to Beckett League division one club Thornton Dale.
Danny Collins and Aaron Jenking have been two of the leading lights in this resurgence, and they will be their danger men for the hosts on Saturday afternoon, 2pm kick-off.
Thornton are struggling near the foot of the division one table in their league, but they have recorded wins against Amotherby & Swinton Reserves, 6-0, and at Edgehill’s division one rivals Seamer Sports, 2-1, in this cup run, so they may well fancy their chances of claiming another cup scalp. Edgehill have beaten second division Cayton Corinthians 3-1 and top-flight rivals Eastfield on a penalty shoot-out to book their third-round spot.
An injury-ravaged Pier outfit have a tougher game as they play host to Northallerton Town Academy in their fixture.
Andy Spivey’s side have had two very different tests so far in the competition, having thrashed visitors Ayton Reserves, who play in the third division, in the opening round, and then edging to a 4-3 success at Crayke in the second round.
The manager said: “We have had a terrible season for injuries so far, and it got worse last weekend when Tommy Barker picked up a very bad ankle injury in the District Cup win at Sinnington. He now seems likely to be out for a while as its very swollen and he is very lucky that it has not been broken.
“We have been struggling along since the start of the season as we lost Will Jenkinson and Paul Provins to injuries early on, and when you consider that Neil Thomas, Gary Thomas and Josh Clayton all went off to Scarborough Town in the summer, we have lost a large portion of our team.
“To make matters worse, Steve Sheader, who usually plays in defence and was up front for us last week, and Andy Sheader are both unavailable for Saturday’s game. But on a positive note, Mike Hartnett and Mikey Barker are both back after missing the Sinnington game so hopefully I should have a bare 11 players for the cup game, which means I may well have to draft in some of the younger reserve players for the squad.”
The Academy won 4-0 at home to Easingwold Town Reserves in the first round and triumphed on penalties at Stockton Churches Portrack in the second round.