NETHERTON go into tonight’s Barlow Cup final looking for another top-flight scalp.
The Division II side, competition winners the season before last, meet Hepworth United in the District League’s knockout showpiece at the Galpharm (7.00) having beaten four Division I sides along the way.
Their semi-final victory over league leaders Newsome WMC followed earlier victories over defending champions Lepton Highlanders, Britannia Sports and Moldgreen.
Netherton, seeking their fourth Barlow triumph in total, are also looking likely to end a hectic season by clinching the Division II title, as they and Berry Brow are still in the hunt.
But Hepworth, whose sole Barlow success came in 1993, have enjoyed their cup football this season (they reached the semi-finals of the Sheffield and Hallamshire FA’s Rosehill Challenge competition), leading to a backlog of league games, and they have a strong squad available for the final.
They got there courtesy of victories over Westend, Wooldale Wanderers, New Mill 94 and Honley.
The Barlow Cup is for sides in the top two divisions of the District League and was first competed for in 1935-36, with Scissett taking the trophy.
Last season’s cup winners were Meltham, who were knocked out in the first round by Moldgreen this time around.
Ian Daffern will take charge of tonight’s big match.
The District League’s Richardson Cup final, between Newsome WMC Reserves and Diggle Reserves, takes place at Marsden on Thursday (6.00), when Steve Longmore will referee.