THE Beckett League is hoping for a return to grassroots football this Saturday (December 5) after a four-week lockdown.

The league’s focus is largely on playing catch-up with cup competitions in December, with the odd league game to be played.

League leaders Kirkbymoorside Reserves will contest the only division one game on Saturday, hosting third-placed Snainton, who have a game in hand on Kirkby.

In the cups, Sleights face a difficult away trip to tricky second division outfit Gillamoor, while Ryedale Sports Club host local rivals Thornton-le-Dale first team in what promises to be a keenly-fought derby.

Ryedale’s reserves team face a difficult trip to first division Sherburn. Top-tier side Kirkdale United travel to Thornton-le-Dale Reserves, second in division two.

Kirkdale United player-manager Phil Ward is on the look-out for a player or two to boost his squad numbers. Anyone interested should phone Phil on 07497090171.

Two of the league’s teams are involved in the North Riding County FA Saturday Challenge Cup.

Amotherby & Swinton will visit York Minster Engineering League division four outfit York RI, while Ayton host YMEL division three side Helperby United.

Fixtures for Saturday, December 5:

North Riding CFA Saturday Challenge Cup round two (2pm): York RI v Amotherby & Swinton, Ayton v Helperby United.

Gordon Harrison Memorial Trophy (1.45pm): (round one) Ryedale SC v Thornton-le-Dale, Sherburn v Ryedale SC Reserves, (round two) Gillamoor v Sleights, Union Rovers v Rosedale, Whitby Fishermen Academy v Heslerton.

Ryedale Hospital Cup round one (1.45pm): Thornton-le-Dale Reserves v Kirkdale United.

Beckett League (2pm): (division one) Kirkbymoorside Reserves v Snainton, (division two) Norton United v Goldsborough, Rillington Rovers v Bagby & Balk.