SHEFFIELD FC: The oldest rivals finally meet up once again

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IT still has a ring to it - football’s oldest derby!

It’s Sheffield FC against Hallam tonight at Dronfield, the oldest derby clash in the game but one that has only happened in cup football in recent times.

The venerable old duo meet in the Sheffield and Hallamshire FA Senior Cup first round at Dronfield. It was a regular occurrence years ago - they’d traditionally play each other on Christmas Day with a morning kick off - but Sheffield’s elevation into the Evo-Stik League means league fixtures between them ended a few years ago.

With two divisions separating them, Sheffield in Evo-Stik Div One South and Hallam in the NCEL First Division, the world’s oldest club start firm favourites, more so judged on their positions - Sheffield lie third and are pushing for promotion to the Premier Division whilst Hallam are struggling second bottom.

Sheffield have lost only one in eight in the league - Hallam have won just one in 11.

Both secured results last Saturday after being two down. Sheffield bounced back to win 3-2 at Halesowen whilst Hallam forced a 2-2 draw against Shirebrook after being 2-0 behind.

Holders Worksop Town have a bye as do Stocksbridge Park Steels who entertain North Ferriby tonight in the Evo-Stik Premier Division.

Tonight: Sheffield FC v Hallam, Frickley Ath v Bentley Coll, AFC Emley v Phoenix, Athersley Rec v Aquaforce, Dinnington v Frecheville CA, Hemsworth MW v Houghton Main, Nostell MW v Brodsworth, Parkgate v Mexborough Town Penistone Church v Worsbrough Br, Rossington Main v Kiveton Park, Worksop Parramore v Harworth CI. Tomorrow: Maltby Main v Handsworth.