Yeltz’s SPL signing able to face the Cables

Halesowen Town have been buoyed by the signing of a former Scottish Premier League midfielder ahead of facing Prescot Cables in the FA Trophy.

John Hill can call on a new Halesowen signing
John Hill can call on a new Halesowen signing

Dean Hawkshaw, who played 20 times for Kilmarnock after rising through their youth ranks, has moved south of the border to join the Yeltz.

The 21-year-old was snapped up by John Hill after leaving Glenafton last month and is fit for the second qualifying round clash with the Merseysiders at The Grove tomorrow.

Halesowen are the favourites to come out on top as they play in the Southern Central – one tier above the Northern League West Division which the Cables play in.

And they go into the tie in decent shape. They are three games unbeaten and one of those was a 4-0 triumph at Grantham Town in the previous round, with ex-Albion striker Lee Hughes at the double and Kieran Morris and Ivor Lawton grabbing one each.

The Cables have beaten Sheffield, Kendal Town and Warrington Town to make it this far. The Yeltz have not got past this stage of the competition since the 2014/15 term, where they eventually bowed out in the first round proper with a 2-0 loss at Gateshead.

Hill’s men are not the only one of our teams in Trophy action.

Stafford Rangers are heading to Basford United after edging Rushall Olympic 2-1 in the first qualifying round.

In the Southern Central, Rushall are determined to prove they have turned the corner as they welcome Alvechurch to Dales Lane.

The Pics go into it on the back of three wins from their last four – the most recent being a 2-0 success at phoenix club AFC Rushden & Diamonds, who were previously unbeaten on their own patch.

“Have we turned the corner? We’ll find out after Alvechurch,” said boss Liam McDonald, whose charges sit 10th while the Church are seventh.

“This one will be another tough test for us because they are a good side who have done well so far, but we are looking forward to the challenge. It’s going to be a hard-fought game with two good sides battling it out for the points.

“We will have to apply ourselves correctly and if we do that, it will give us every chance of adding to our points tally.

“It would be nice to see a good crowd in attendance to really get behind us and cheer the lads on.”

Stourbridge do not have a fixture but, in the Northern Premier, Hednesford Town are out to halt a four-match winless run as they go up against Warrington at Keys Park.

In the West Division, Chasetown are also at home, where they are yet to win this season, playing Glossop North End.

Scott Dundas will be keen to see a response from his Scholars after their Walsall Senior Cup exit at the hands of Boldmere St Michaels on Tuesday.

In National League North, Kidderminster Harriers are aiming to right the wrongs from last weekend as they travel to Nuneaton Borough.

They fell to a shock 4-1 defeat against Southport and Neil MacFarlane will have been trying to make sure there is no complacency for this encounter with another struggling side.

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