Two sides up for the cup!

Two sides up for the cup!

BOTH Liversedge and Ossett United are in FA Cup action this weekend in the preliminary round, aiming to make progress in the world’s oldest football competition and pocket almost £3,000 in the process.

Sedge started out in the extra preliminary round, beating Abbey Hey 5-1 at home to set up a clash with Droylsden at Clayborn.

Ossett enter at this round and face an away tie at Billingham Town. Both games take place tomorrow (Saturday) at 3pm.

The financial rewards that come with FA Cup progress are significant for non-league sides, with winners in this round awarded £2,890.

Liversedge have only progressed to the first qualifying round once in the past 11 seasons, and were beaten 10-1 at Frickley Athletic at this stage of the competition last year.

Their best FA Cup run came in the 2004-05 campaign when they reached the final round of qualifying before losing in a replay.

Tomorrow they host Droylsden, who compete in the tier above Sedge in the BetVictor Northern Premier North/West Division.

Meanwhile Ossett travel to a Billingham side a division below themselves, in the Northern League Division One, who upset Yorkshire Amateur in the extra preliminary round.

In their first season following the merger, United went out in this round to Mossley on penalties following a replay.

While the new club has yet to win an FA Cup tie, Ossett Town reached the final qualifying round in 2017-18, while Albion did likewise three times in their history.

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