RELEGATED Barnton take on league and local rivals Lostock Gralam in the first round of the Mid Cheshire Senior Cup on Saturday.
In a preliminary match to the upcoming Mid Cheshire League Division Two, the two teams will battle it out at Barnton’s Townfield ground at 3pm.
“We kick off the season with the game on Saturday and we are looking to win and progress to play teams like Northwich.”
Pre-season is progressing well for Barnton after a draw with Cammell Laird Reserves.
A new-look Lostock Gralam side took on Manchester League and Cup double winners Mellor FC as they continued their steady pre-season preparations.
The Grey Lambs took the opportunity to trial plenty of new faces against an in-form Mellor side.
The physically strong Mellor side passed the ball well but couldn’t break down the Lostock Gralam defence and the first half ended 0-0.
In a second half scramble Lostock conceded after the away side failed to clear their lines after a cross from the left.
But the visitors didn’t collapse and upped their tempo to get back into the game.
Late in the game Liam Collins struck a 25-yard strike which the Mellor goalkeeper couldn’t hold on to and Matt Davies tapped home the rebound.