City rivals Wakefield FC and Ossett Town set for ‘tasty’ FA Cup clash

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GROUND-sharing Evo-Stik Premier League rivals Wakefield FC and Ossett Town will go head-to-head at Stade France on Saturday (kick-off 3pm) in a tasty battle for a place in the next round of the FA Cup.

The Bears will ‘host’ their Division 1 North rivals in the first qualifying round of the world-famous competition and both will be looking to put their name in the hat for the next round.

Victory would put the winner three wins away from a place in the first round proper, alongside Football League clubs, while the £3,000 FA prize money would also be a welcome financial boost.

It’ll be the second time the sides, who agreed to a ground-share in the summer after Wakefield FC were forced out of their College Grove base, have faced each other in three weeks.

Steve Nicholson’s Wakefield hold the bragging rights from their Division 1 North league meeting after running out emphatic 4-1 winners.

Town, managed by Phil Sharpe, will be out for revenge and will go into the clash in confident mood following a 3-2 victory at Harrogate Railway Athletic on Tuesday night.

The Bears on the other hand will go into the contest on the back of consecutive defeats.

A trip to Skelmersdale United on Saturday was always going to be tough and Wakefield fell to a 3-1 defeat, Demi Kyriacou netting a last-minute consolation goal.

But the Bears won’t have been expecting to get beat in convincing fashion when Trafford left Stade France with a 4-1 win on Wednesday night.

Ossett Albion face a tough task of getting their first away league points of the season on Saturday when they visit Farsley FC (kick-off 3pm).

Albion suffered a 6-2 defeat last time on their travels at Mossley and joint managers Lloyd Fellows and Paul Watson will be looking for an improvement at Farsley.

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