AFC EMLEY manager Darren Hepworth will hand debuts to two new signings when his side kick-off their pre-season friendly programme at Eccleshill United tonight (7.30).
Defender Ian Brock will be on familiar ground having switched from the Bradford club, who are Northern Counties East League First Division rivals of Emley, while winger Ian Holt has played across the Pennines for FC United of Manchester, Mossley and Abbey Hey.
The Emley side will also include wideman Gavin Armitage, who has returned to the Welfare Ground after a spell at Lower Hopton.
Hepworth, whose side will play host to Town on Thursday week, July 21, has been busy, running three training sessions a week and putting more than 59 players through their paces.
"The players have looked sharp and hungry. Now it’s up to them to show they can do it in a real match situation," said the boss.
Emley are running a coach to Saturday’s friendly at Tadcaster Albion. Contact club secretary John Whitehead on 07850 957161 for a seat.
AFC EMLEY have been handed a derby trip to Liversedge in the FA Vase.
They will head to Clayborn for a second round qualifying clash on Saturday, September 24.
Liversedge’s Northern Counties East League Premier Division rivals Hall Road Rangers will provide the opposition in the extra preliminary round of the FA Cup.
The Hull side head to the Welfare Ground on Saturday, August 20.
Founded in 1959, Hall Road progressed from local football to the old Yorkshire League in 1968 and were founder members of the NCEL in 1982.
Liversedge were also among the original NCEL clubs, having previously played in the Spen Valley League (1910–22), West Riding County Amateur (1922–72) and Yorkshire (1972–82).
The biggest achievement for the club who produced Sheffield Wednesday and Leeds player Leigh Bromby came in 2004-05, when they were within one win of making the first round proper of the FA Cup, a 2-0 replay defeat by Coalville denying them a meeting with Wycombe.
TEO RINGROSE has left AFC Emley to step up to the Evo-Stik (Northern Premier) League with Frickley Athletic.
The former Malta junior international impressed last season after switching from Staveley.
Ringrose’s fellow wide player Alex Barnes has also left Emley.
"I’d like to thank both Teo and Alex for their contributions," said boss Darren Hepworth.
"We always knew it would be difficult to hold onto Teo as he was watched by a whole host of clubs. I’m glad that he has got the chance to show his talents off at a higher level."