MELTHAM have two big worries ahead of their cup final double.
Tonight’s West Riding FA Challenge Cup final clash with Ovenden WR at Woodlesford (7.30) is followed by Monday’s West Riding County Amateur League Cup final meeting with Huddersfield rivals Bay Athletic at Brighouse Town (11.00).
And boss Paul Hutson could be without both his first-choice centre-backs Tom Shaw and Sam Wardle through injury.
Hutson’s second-in- command, striker Chris Brammall, is also a doubt as Meltham aim to bounce back from the disappointment of losing out to Storthes Hall in the recent District FA Challenge Cup final at the Galpharm.
Ovenden are two places above fifth-placed Meltham in a County Amateur table topped by Bay, who boosted their title chances with a 1-0 win at second-placed Campion on Wednesday (they now have a six-point advantage with three games in hand, although they could yet be overhauled by Ovenden).
But Meltham secretary Neil Moorhouse says they will go into tonight’s game with confidence.
“If we have the right players available, and we play as we can do, we can beat any side in the league,” he said.
“We’ve had a busy schedule of late, but it’s a big final, and I’m sure the players selected will have no problem lifting themselves.”
Meltham won the county competition in 2005, but, like Bay, have never lifted the Premier Division Cup.
The last Huddersfield side successful in that competition was Storthes Hall in 1997.
The Hall were 5-2 home winners over Hall Green United in the County Amateur Premier Division on Wednesday.
Tomorrow’s Premier fixtures involving Huddersfield clubs (all 2.30) are: Bay v Wibsey, Brighouse v Kirkburton, Golcar v Hall Green, Marsden v Campion.
Storthes Hall host Ardsley Celtic on Monday while Golcar go to Campion on Tuesday (both 6.15).
Skelmanthorpe play Heyside in the District League’s Groom Cup final at Laund Hill tonight (6.00).
Skelmanthorpe are third in Division III and Oldham team Heyside 12th in the 14-team section.
Laund Hill also hosts the Sunday Challenge Cup final between Heywood Irish Centre and Lindley WMC (11.00).