Ossett Albion target FA Cup progress

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OSSETT Albion will turn their attentions to the FA Cup this weekend when they host Witton Albion on Saturday (kick-off 3pm).

The Warehouse Systems Stadium club have endured a tough start to their Evo-Stik Division 1 North campaign, losing their first five games of the season, one against Witton, before finally getting off the mark with three points against Durham City on Monday.

Richard Tracey was the hero with a hat-trick as Albion bagged their first points, and first goals on home soil, of the season.

Joint managers Lloyd Fellows and Paul Watson will be buoyed by the result and will hope it gives their men renewed confidence going into this weekend’s cup contest.

As well as helping put non-league clubs on the footballing map, the world-famous competition is also vital for club finances.

But the Dimple Wells club face a tough task with the visit of Witton, who’ve made a bright start to their Division 1 North campaign with four wins, a draw and a defeat from their six games so far.

Albion will have the support of the club’s junior teams, with 18 young players spending the day at the ground as team mascots.

Players representing Albion’s under-8, U9, U10 and U12 Girls teams will train with the senior side before kick-off, enjoy a tour of the ground, walk out with the first team and take part in a half-time penalty shoot-out.

It’s the first time such an event will have taken place between the senior side and junior teams.

And Albion will be hoping their stars of the future prove to be a lucky omen as they target cup progression.

Meanwhile, Albion have announced Ossett Brewery as their major sponsor this season.

Ossett Brewery pub The Tap, on The Green, near Dimple Wells, will be the club’s official supporters’ bar this season.

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