Frickley Athletic are hoping to shake off their poor start to the season as they enter the Emirates FA Cup at the first qualifying round stage on Saturday.
The Blues have suffered defeats in all their first six Evo-Stik Premier games and are managerless following the departure of Karl Rose, but take a break from the league and are out to change their fortunes in the cup.
They are away to Blyth Spartans with the tie kicking off at 3pm.
Both sides have a good past record in the competition with Frickley once reaching the third round proper and Blyth making it as far as the fifth, but this will be their first meeting in the FA Cup.
Frickley’s latest defeat came on Monday when they went down 4-0 away at fourth-placed Whitby Town, but the score did not do justice to their efforts.
It was goalless at half-time and remained that way until a penalty put away by Dale Hopson just after the hour mark. It was awarded for handball against Bailey Gooda, who was also red carded.
Another Hopson penalty nine minutes later left the 10-man Blues with much to do and two goals in the last four minutes from Michael Roberts and Curtis Round gave the hosts a flattering winning margin.
Saturday’s home game with Mickleover Sports also started well enough until three goals in three minutes just after the half-hour mark left Frickley with a mountain to climb.
They conceded again just before the finish to lose 4-0 with Adam Baskerville, Andy Dales (two) and William Norcross the scorers for the visitors.