THE Mid-Cheshire District FA Challenge Cup has been revamped this season and nine clubs will be chasing five spare places in the quarter-finals of the competition.
Being spared the qualifying stages are the senior clubs from the Coors/WPRC Mid-Cheshire League Middlewich Town (holders), Barnton and Lostock Gralam.
In Group A (all play one another, three go through) are: Middlewich Town Reserves, Winnington Avenue, Winsford IPC, Witton Albion Res and Winsford United Res.
Group A (all play one another, two to qualify): Barnton Res, Rolls Royce Bentley, Northwich Victoria res, Winnington Avenue Res.
In the first division of the Coors Mid-Cheshire League, reigning champions Barnton have won all three opening games, manager Nick Armitage team's latest victory being by 2-0 at home to Styal thanks to goals from Dave Murray and Chris Geghan.
Middlewich Town, certain to give Barnton a run for their money, beat Golborne Sports 2-0.
Lostock Gralam have started disastrously with three heavy defeats and are in need of a new team manager to succeed Chris Peers, who has announced his resignation.
Saturday sees the launch of the league's new 13-strong reserve division with 12 clubs in action. There are no further midweek games after this week. The draw for the first round of the Mid-Cheshire District FA Sunday Cup (September 15) is: Red Lion Supporters v Castle Private; Holmes Chapel v Gladstone Club; Plumley Celtic v Broadhurst; Townsend v Winsford Cricket Club.