The Bradford League’s 2015 Sovereign Health Care Priestley Cup competition gets underway on Sunday, with last year’s losing finalists Cleckheaton hot favourites to progress after being handed a first-round draw at Second Division Gomersal.
Cleckheaton, the reigning First Division champions, have made a stuttering start to the season but Gomersal’s inconsistency makes them clear underdogs.
The return of last week’s centurion, Andy Gorrod, to Oxford Road, will not encourage a home attack often lacking penetration.
In 2013 Hanging Heaton lost to Lightcliffe in the final, and skipper Gary Fellows will be hoping to at least jump the first hurdle this time as his side also prepare to face a Second Division outfit with Baildon visiting Bennett Lane.
Making their Priesley Cup debut are Second Division newcomers Scholes, who make the short trip to Oakenshaw where they will face First Division giants Woodlands.
Despite winning the First Division title in six of the last 10 seasons Woodlands have been surprisingly unsuccessful in the cup – with only one win (2006) to their credit.
However, it is hard to see Scholes marking their first game in this historic competition with a win.
East Bierley, three times winners in four years between 2009 - 2012, have an all First Division tie at home to New Farnley that is very hard to call and likewise at Keighley who have an all Division Two clash with Spen Victoria.
The full draw is: Farsley v Pudsey Congs, Undercliffe v Idle, Yeadon v Windhill, East Bierley v New Farnley, Keighley v Spen Victoria, Woodlands v Scholes, Gomersal v Cleckheaton, Hanging Heaton v Baildon, Bowling Old Lane v Brighouse. Byes. Hartshead Moor, Pudsey St Lawrence, Bankfoot, Bradford and Bingley, Morley, Lightcliffe and Saltaire.