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Albion Sports won't be fazed by derby at Brighouse Town
Five more of the local clubs will join Silsden in playing for points on Saturday as pre-season makes way for meaningful action.
The Cobbydalers will be playing their third game of the North West Counties League Premier Division but this weekend marks the start for the Northern Counties East League under its new title sponsor Toolstation.
Brighouse Town finished as runners-up in the Premier Division last term, while Albion Sports topped Division One.
Town’s efforts failed to gain them promotion but lower-tier champions Albion did go up.
The near neighbours have been paired together in an intriguing opening fixture.
Both clubs showed some form in their friendlies but Saturday's battle for points will be another test altogether.
Town, who are celebrating their 50th year this term, have home advantage for this first league meeting of the clubs.
Albion will not be fazed by that as they will, technically, be away every game this season as they have been forced to vacate their home city of Bradford and will play their home games at Farsley’s Throstle Nest.
Thackley will also be facing the unknown as they make the short journey to north Leeds to take on Garforth Town.
The Dennyboys’ hosts were relegated from Evo-Stik Division One North after a poor season which almost saw the club fold.
The Dennyboys are under new management this term, with one-time Bantams youth Lee Clapham linking up with the returning Dave Morgan as joint bosses.
The pair have revamped the squad and ramped up the fitness of the players over a long pre-season.
Liversedge struggled last season and they have not exactly hit their straps in their pre-season build-up.
Sedge journey to Long Eaton United on Saturday in miserable form following a run of friendly defeats. Sedge lost all five of the games they played in pre-season, scoring just once.
Eccleshill United will be under new boss Lee Duxbury for the first time when they open their Division One campaign with a home game against Grimsby Borough.
The appointment of the former Bantams midfielder and Oldham Athletic assistant manager came so late in the close season that the Eagles have not had any friendly fixtures, so they could be undercooked.
Silsden will be looking to maintain their perfect start to the season after opening with a win last weekend and following that up with another maximum in midweek.
They head to Ashton Athletic in high spirits with six points on the board already.
Meanwhile, Farsley will be hosting Guiseley in what will be the final friendly for both clubs with the Evo-Stik and Conference Leagues beginning next weekend.
* Lee Duxbury interview in Saturday's T&A
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