Emley are back in action and back on home soil as AFC Blackpool are the visitors in the PlayerMatch.com cup at the Fantastic Media Welfare Ground on Saturday (3.00pm).
It's the first time Emley will have taken part in the cup competition, which is a competition for clubs competing in the first division North and South of the North West Counties League, and it's the first time Emley have faced AFC Blackpool, but that stat could be used every week this season!
So a bit of an unknown quantity and journey for the Pewits, but one in which they will be looking to keep up their recent good run of form, they have won 2 and drawn 1 of their last 3 games, including Wednesday night's 3-2 win at AFC Darwen, the first time Emley have won on a "plastic pitch" this season and now sit just a place and a point behind the top 4 promotion places.
Blackpool are in the same division as Emley, so it should be a fairly even contest, though they come into the game with a patch of inconsistent form, they beat Holker OB in this competition before progressing in the FA Vase against Redcar Athletic, but then a 4-1 win against Prestwich was followed by defeat to Longridge Town in the FA Vase and another win over Pilkington last weekend followed by a midweek defeat against in form Chadderton, so they are more than capable of turning Emley over.
Emley boss Richard Tracey will be hoping his team have finally found some consistency that they can take into the busy month ahead, there's another couple of cup ties ahead, against St Josephs rockware of Worksop in the Sheffield & Hallamshire cup and the Macron league cup against another Blackpool based side in Squires Gate, as well as trips to St Helens Town and Bacup (again, hopefully!) to squeeze in!
WHEN? Saturday 5th October, 3.00pm
WHERE? Fantastic Media Welfare Ground, off Upper Lane, Emley, Huddersfield, HD8 9RE.
WHO? AFC Blackpool were formed in 1947 under the name of Blackpool motor mechanics, and joined the West Lancashire league in the late 1950's and have been around the NWCFL in various divisions since the 1980's, but in 2005 merged with Lytham St. Annes FC who had just won the West Lancashire League Division One title. Lytham St. Annes resigned from their own league and brought their resources and manpower to Jepson Way in a bid to launch the new look Mechanics in their push up the non-league football pyramid, The club was re-named AFC Blackpool in May 2008 when Blackpool Mechanics FC and Squires Gate Junior FC got together to form one club. It was decided to mark the start of a new era by re-naming the club and the name 'AFC Blackpool' was chosen.
OWW MUCH? Adults £5, Concessions £3, children under 13 free with a paying adult, programmes £1.