Holders Stump drawn at Denholme

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Stump Cross, holders of the Skircoat Green Physiotherapy Challenge Cup, must travel to Denholme United at the start of their defence of the trophy.

Foster Park is never an easy place to go to but Stump will be confident of beating their section-lower hosts in the Halifax AFL competition on Saturday, September 27.

Sowerby United, who were beaten 3-0 in last season’s Shay final, are at home to West Central.

Shelf FC were last season’s surprise winners of the Haslem-Sheppard Invitation Cup, upsetting Ryburn United Reserves in the final.

They start their bid to retain the trophy at home to Denholme’s second string.

Skircoat Green Physiotherapy Challenge Cup, first round: AFC Crossleys v Halifax Irish Centre, Calder 76 v Sowerby Bridge, Denholme United v Stump Cross, Elland Allstars v Stainland United, Northowram v Elland United, Salem v Warley Rangers, Sowerby United v West Central, Volunteer Arms v Ryburn United. Byes; Greetland, Midgley United, Copley United, Hebden Royd Red Star, Holmfield, Shelf United, Mixenden United, Brighouse Sports.

Haslem-Sheppard Invitation Cup first round: Greetland Res v Midgley United Res, Hebden Royd Red Star Res v Salem Res, Illingworth Sports v Northowram Res, Ryburn United Res v Calder 76 Res, Shelf FC v Denholme United Res, Sowerby Bridge Res v AFC Crossleys Res, St Columbas v Sowerby United Res. Bye; Shelf United Res.

Matches in both competitions on Saturday, September 27 (1.45).