Albion and Town to kick-off New Year with Ossett derby tussle

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NEW YEAR’S DAY is derby day in Ossett as Albion and Town kick-off 2013 with a mouth-watering clash at Dimple Wells (kick-off 3pm).

It will be the first time the sides have met this season and, as well as local bragging rights, each club have differing reasons for wanting to kick-off the year with three points.

For hosts Albion, they need to pick up their form to move away from Evo-Stik Division 1 North relegation danger after collecting just one win from their last eleven matches in all competitions.

That win came in Albion’s last home match, a 3-2 victory over Goole, but they finished 2012 with a 2-0 defeat at Farsley on Saturday.

For Town, boss Craig Elliott wants his side to move into the top half of the table following an encouraging start to his time as manager at Stade France.

Town’s home match against Harrogate Railway Athletic was one of many to fall victim of the wet weather at the weekend, meaning they go into the derby encounter on the back of their 6-0 thrashing of local rivals Wakefield FC.

Albion’s annual Christmas Draw will take place in the Peter Eaton Bar after the game at approximately 5pm.

Admission prices for Tuesday’s derby match are £7 adults, £4 concessions and £1 for under-16s.

Wakefield FC start the year with a home clash against Curzon Ashton at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium (kick-off 3pm).

See this week’s Wakefield Express for all the latest football news from around the district.