Cup fever gripping in-form Ossett Town

CUP FEVER: Ossett Town are in the middle of a five-match cup run.
CUP FEVER: Ossett Town are in the middle of a five-match cup run.

Cup fever is gripping Ossett Town with Craig Elliott’s knockout kings in the middle of an exciting five-match cup extravaganza.

Town moved a step closer to a place in the FA Cup First Round Proper when they came through a Second Qualifying Round replay at Warrington Town 3-1 on Tuesday night.

It followed a 1-1 draw at Ingfield on Saturday and leaves Town with a tough trip to Skrill North side Colwyn Bay on Saturday, October 12.

Before that, Town will welcome Evo-Stik Division 1 North leaders Darlington 1883 to Ingfield in the FA Trophy on Saturday (kick-off 3pm) before hosting Tadcaster Albion in the West Riding County Cup on Tuesday (kick-off 7.45pm).

It all comes on the back of a nine-match unbeaten run that has seen Town enjoy one of their best starts to a campaign in recent seasons.

That start will be put the test tomorrow when on-song Darlington visit WF5.

But Town will fancy their chances, not only thanks to their current form but thanks to their form in knockout competitions since Elliott’s arrival.

The former Glasshoughton Welfare boss guided his men to the FA Trophy First Round last season at Stockport County and the semi-finals of the West Riding County Cup.

This season he will be looking for his men to further impress in the cups to help bolster club coffers with prize money.

Town will be well aware of Darlington’s qualities but they will have further hit home on Wednesday night as the Quakers destroyed Ossett Albion 7-0 in the league.

Richard Tracey’s strugglers were 2-0 down inside 65 seconds when Amar Purewal and Stephen Thompson gave the hosts an emphatic start.

Purewal added his second inside ten minutes and a brace from David Dowson all-but ended the contest before half-time.

The goals dried up on the resumption but LeonScott and Stephen Johnson still added further woe on Albion.

Things get no easier for Albion tomorrow, Saturday, when they host second-placed Curzon Ashton in the FA Trophy (kick-off 3pm).

The Dimple Wells men turn their attentions to West Riding County Cup action on Tuesday with a trip to Glasshoughton Welfare (7.45pm).

Wakefield FC will look to put their poor league form to one side this weekend when they welcome Harrogate Railway Athletic to the Rapid Solicitors Stadium in the FA Trophy (kick-off 3pm).

Following a three-game unbeaten start to the season, the Bears have picked up just one win in ten matches and will hope a cup win can lift spirits.

Wakefield’s latest defeat came on home soil at the weekend when Cammell Laird left with a 3-1 win.

Ferdinand Annor pulled a goal back after Lairds led 2-0 but Daniel O’Brien’s late penalty sealed it for the visitors.

It followed a 2-2 draw at Farsley at the weekend but Wakefield will need to improve to beat a Harrogate side who have already defeat Paul Lines’s men this season.