ST JOSEPH'S begin the defence of their Holliday Cup tomorrow knowing they face the toughest of starts.
Coach Jody Shaw's Pennine League First Division side travel to in-form Division IV title chasers Slaithwaite Saracens.
The visitors should have a little too much higher-league experience to see them through.
But on Slaithwaite's tight pitch at The Glen, which is expected to be very muddy as a result of the recent heavy rain, it could prove a very interesting encounter.
In fact, all the fields tomorrow could make life difficult for the eight Huddersfield sides in Holliday Cup action - providing the ties go ahead.
Many sporting fixtures across the town have already been postponed due to the wet conditions, with question marks obviously surrounding all four ties.
As well as the Saracens-St Joseph's fixture, Emley Moor entertain Newsome Panthers at the Welfare Ground, Moldgreen host Meltham All Blacks at the DRAM Centre and Underbank Rangers stage their clash with Lindley Swifts at The Cross.
All four promise to be exciting encounters, with the match at Slaithwaite guaranteed to be a full-blooded affair.
The Saracens come into the fixture in buoyant mood after their excellent 42-28 triumph at Underbank last Saturday. But with holders St Joseph's having warmed up with a 34-24 home triumph over Dodworth, confidence in both camps will be high.
And Saints coach Shaw can't wait to get his side's defence under way.
"We're really excited about defending our trophy," he sad.
"Last year was just fantastic, the build-up, the day itself and everything about it.
"We have had a good start to our League campaign and would love to go back to the final of the Holliday Cup.
"We have been working very hard in training on some little aspects of our game we can sharpen up on, but generally the mood is positive going into the game.
"Obviously, we're aware it will be tough. Slaithwaite may be in a lower division, but they have recruited some top players, as have we in the off season, and they will lift even more knowing it's us!
"It all adds up to a cracker!"
That would also be a fair description of the Emley-Newsome game at the Welfare Ground.
It's a battle between two Second Division sides and could go right down to the wire.
Form suggests Newsome will have the upper hand, having won their last four games on the trot, but with Moor at home it's a very tough one to call.
It's a similar story at The Cross where Fourth Division Underbank entertain Third Division Lindley.
These two have been involved in some epic battles over recent years, and tomorrow promises to be no exception.
First Division Moldgreen should prove too strong for Fourth Division Meltham, although vastly-experienced All Blacks' forward Alan Williams will having something to say about that!
Williams was an excellent servant of Moldgreen during their National Conference League days, and he will be desperate to return to Ridgeway and produce a big display.
He warmed up for the encounter with a try in Meltham's narrow 24-22 defeat at Hollinwood in which Richard Ellis and Oliver Storey also scored tries and Daniel Hird was man-of-the-match.
As well as the four Cup-ties, there are two Pennine League games featuring Huddersfield clubs this weekend, both in Division VI.
St Joseph's A will continue their climb up the table with a home win over Whitworth Spartans, while mid-table Slaithwaite A face a tought test at second-placed West Leeds.