PREVIEW: Ossett United (A)

Having risen to second in the table on the back of Tuesday’s 2-0 win over local rivals Clitheroe, the aim is to stay in such a lofty position, even though it is still early days.

To do so requires a win as we travel over the Pennines to take on the amalgamated Ossett team formed last year by the merger of two of our previous opponents, Ossett Town and Ossett Albion.

A new name, Ossett United, and new colours, but a return to the old venue that was Town’s home at Ingfield, in the middle of Ossett.

The merger boosted attendances in the town, and the new club enjoyed a good season last time round, but have so far struggled league-wise, currently sitting in 17th position with all four of their points from five games, gained at home.

Last Saturday as we were winning in the FA Cup at Maltby Main by 5-1, Ossett went one better and knocked six goals past a shell-shocked Thornaby side, so were the current trend to continue, we could have a goal-fest as the two sides do battle.

The Rams will be hoping to return with all three points before taking a week-long break (The Integro League Cup tie against Bamber Bridge scheduled for next Tuesday, has been postponed by the League) ahead of a 2nd qualifying round FA Cup tie up at the International Stadium in Gateshead next Saturday.