Traf looking for County success

CUP TEST ... Trafalgar are in cup action on Sunday
CUP TEST ... Trafalgar are in cup action on Sunday

Reigning Scarborough and District Sunday League champions Trafalgar host Redcar in the first round of the North Riding FA Sunday Challenge Cup

Traf’s opponents currently find themselves second bottom of the Langbaurgh Sunday League second division and are still looking for their first win in 2011/12.

Manager Liam Salt commented: ‘‘We won the North Riding FA Cup four years ago and last season we made it as far as the semi-finals, so we are confident of doing well again.

‘‘We cannot play any of our senior league players in this competition but we will still have a strong squad for Sunday’s game.

‘‘Stalwart Dean MacAuley has been playing really well so far this season and we will look for another good performance from him this week.’’

Mark Plumpton’s Ayton side are looking forward to their trip to Teesside where they will take on Teesborough Division One side Eaglescliffe at the ‘Hilton Bowl’.

Eaglescliffe were runners up in the second division last year and won promotion to division one which is the second tier of the Teesborough League. They have made a mixed start to the season and currently sit mid-table.

In contrast to Ayton who were thumped 15-1 last Sunday by Trafalgar, Eaglescliffe come into the game in good form following a 3-1 away victory at Red Lion last week.

Ayton boss Plumpton said: ‘‘We are really looking forward to Sunday, we have been waiting for an away day in this competition for two seasons.

‘‘We will have a strong team out this week, unlike last Sunday where we were severely depleted against an unbelievably good Traf side.

‘‘We will be without defender Martin Dowey and utility player Danny Gregory, who are both injured, which is a massive blow, but I still have a big squad to choose from.

‘‘Mike Grayshan has been in great form this season with two goals in four games from left back. He strikes the ball with so much power he reminds me of a gangly Roberto Carlos.

‘‘Liam Glaves who plays the holding role in midfield for us will probably be our key man on Sunday.’’

Second division Seamer are another Scarborough side who face a first round away day when they travel to Langbaurgh Sunday League division two outfit, Riverside FC.

Riverside have enjoyed a mixed start to their season and are currently seventh in their division.

James Prethero’s Seamer have been in decent form of late having won their last two games. Seamer beat FC Filey 4-3 in their last outing thanks to a Luke Jones brace and strikes from Liam Buglass and Paul Mills.

Division three outfit Castle Tavern face a difficult home tie against Redcar side Grangetown FC.

Grangetown are flying high at the top of the MB Distribution Redcar Sunday League second division table, having won all of their first four league games.

Alex Wyatt’s Tavern team have made a decent start to the season taking seven points from their first five games and warmed up for this weekend’s cup encounter by smashing nine goals past struggling Albert last Sunday.