West Pier and Edgehill keen to beat the weather

130462f   After the snow cancelled football last week, this weekend came the thaw, the ice, and the flooding, such as here, on the side of Cayton playing field.  Photo by Andrew Higgins 27/01/2013
130462f After the snow cancelled football last week, this weekend came the thaw, the ice, and the flooding, such as here, on the side of Cayton playing field. Photo by Andrew Higgins 27/01/2013
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West Pier and Edgehill will be hoping that the weather allows them to get back on the pitch this Saturday as they aim for North Riding FA Saturday Challenge Cup glory.

The competition has now reached the quarter-final stage, with both sides on the road this weekend, Pier are at University of York Amateur while Steve Clegg’s Edgehill troops make the trip to the Dales to take on Bedale.

Edgehill earned their place in the final eight with a convincing 6-0 home win against Beckett League division one side Thornton-le-Dale, while Pier lost out to Northallerton Town Academy 3-2 but were allowed back into the competition as their conquerors had fielded an ineligible player.

Also in the quarter-finals are Ryedale-based side Amotherby & Swinton, who play host to Redcar Newmarket. The fourth and final match is between Thirsk Falcons and Redcar Town.

Clegg is expecting to face a strong Bedale side, who won the cup last season.

“We lost to Bedale a few years back in the final of this cup, and they were a big, physical side and the reports we have heard from them this season is that they are a very strong side again, having beaten Richmond 8-0 in the previous round.

“This was made all the more impressive as Richmond had beaten Whitby Fishermen, who play in our league, in the game before that.”

Clegg added: “We enjoy playing in this cup as you get to play some sides who present you with something different from the usual teams that you play against in the league.”

The Edgehill chief said: “We will be without Martin Coulson for Saturday’s game, as he has damaged a knee ligament. This is a big blow as he has been playing very well for us this eason.”

The Staxton-based side are taking a bus to the Dales for the cup-tie, so they will be well-supported for the game.

In the league, Ayton will be looking to keep their division one title challenge alive with a home win against Newlands, while leaders Filey Town are due to play host to Eastfield St James.

In division two, Snainton can extend their lead at the top of the table with a home win against FC Rosette, while West Pier Reserves can go top of the third division if they win at home to Athletic2B.