Hopton tackle Moorlands in Hampshire Cup derby

MIRFIELD rivals Hopton Mills and Moorlands are set to clash in an intriguing Jack Hampshire Cup second round tie on Sunday (1.30pm).

Mills have made an excellent start in Central Yorkshire League Division Two and five wins from their opening six matches has elevated them to second in the table.

Sunday provides the men from Woodbottom with an excellent chance to gauge what level they will need to be at should they win promotion, against a side well established in the first division and who have regularly challenged for promotion to the top flight in recent seasons.

The tie should have the added spice of a derby but both sides will be well aware that victory would send them into the quarter-finals and the chance of earning a plum home draw against a Premier side.

Hopton will be aiming to maintain their promotion challenge when they host Birstall A tomorrow (1pm), while Moorlands — who are third in Division One — will look to keep the pressure on the top two as they entertain lowly Ossett A.

Mirfield Parish Cavaliers are fourth in the Premier Division with three maximum points wins and a tie from their six matches and they face a tough test tomorrow away to Wakefield Thornes.

Hanging Heaton will be looking to bounce back from last week’s disappointing defeat to East Bierley when they make the short trip to Cleckheaton in Bradford League Division One (1.30pm).

The second round of the Priestley Cup is on Monday and the pick of the last 16 ties is arguably at Highmoor Lane, where Hartshead Moor entertain Cleckheaton.