Andrew Green's urging Bishops Castle Town to fly flag for Division One teams in Shropshire FA Challenge Cup

Ludlow Advertiser: Bishops Castle Town defender Dan Dawson heads the ball clear. Bishops Castle Town defender Dan Dawson heads the ball clear.

PLAYER-manager Andrew Green is urging Bishops Castle Town to fly the flag for the Division One teams in the Shropshire FA Challenge Cup.

Castle have been drawn away to rivals Rock Rovers in the third round - and Green is desperate for his side to progress.

"We got to the semi-finals last season and, hopefully, we can push on beyond the third round," said Green.

"The competition has changed this year but it's still a massive competition for us and one that we want to win..

"We are in with teams from the division above and we have already beaten a Premier Division side.

"Hopefully, we can beat Rock. We just hope that we can wave the flag for the teams in the Mercian League Division One."

Castle crashed out in the semi-finals last term – when it was called the Shropshire FA Junior Challenge Cup.

Dan Dawson missed from the spot as Castle suffered a shock penalty shoot-out defeat to lower-graded Claverley.

Castle thrashed Albrighton Juniors 8-0 in the first round of this season's tournament before sealing a 3-1 success over higher-graded Wellington Amateurs Reserves.

Green said: "Rock defeated Wroxeter Rovers in the previous round and they will be a difficult proposition.

"At the end of last season, Rock beat us 9-0 in the league but we treated it as a fun game. We drew our positions out of a hat and everyone played out of position.

"But we played them about two months ago and we beat them 6-0.

"They were struggling at the time but have improved and are, once again, doing pretty well."

Wayne Whitbread's Clee Hill United face a tough test at home to higher-graded Morda United.

Hill have booked their spot in the third round after thrashing Shrewsbury United 6-0 and pipping Whitchurch Alport, 2-1.

Church Stretton Town will travel to AFC Broseley after recording a 1-0 success at Newcastle in the second round.

Brown Clee will host Claverley in the third round after wins over Highley Miners Welfare (5-0) and FC Hodnet (4-2.

The third-round ties will be taking place on Saturday, February 8, 1.30pm kick-off.

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