The first foray into the quarter-finals of the Notts FA Saturday Senior County Cup for Hucknall Rolls Leisure will be a tough away trip.
The draw for the last eight has pitted Rolls against Retford United, who play two levels above them in the Premier Division of the Northern Counties East League and won the Senior Cup in 2009.
However, Retford are not enjoying a good season. They currently sit fourth from bottom after only three wins in 20 matches, and they lost 9-3 in their latest fixture last Saturday. In ten home games at Cannon Park, they have won just one and scored only eight goals.
Rolls are the sole survivors from the Dispatch district in the prestigious tournament. They are also flying the flag for the Central Midlands League.
The pick of the rest of the querter-final ties is holders Carlton Town, who are the highest-ranked team left in the competition, at home to Basford United.
The lowest-ranked team still in it, Ruddington Village, of the Notts Senior League, are away to Clipstone, who are riding high in the Northern Counties East League’s First Division. While Dunkirk entertain Kimberley Miners Welfare, who knocked out Hucknall Town in the Second Round and last season’s runners-up, Rainworth Miners Welfare, in the last round. All ties are scheduled for Tuesday 13th January.
In the quarter-finals of the Notts FA Saturday Intermediate County Cup on Saturday 10th January, Linby Colliery Welfare have been handed a home tie against local-derby rivals, Bestwood Miners Welfare Sports Club (formerly Bulwell Town), of the Midland Amateur Alliance. Other ties: AFC Bridgford v Cotgrave, Kimberley Miners Welfare Reserves v Bilsthorpe Saturday and Sandhurst v Old Elizabethans.