Stats expected to spike after draw

5 days ago By David Watters

The EVO-STIK League is looking forward to another spike in online traffic after the draw for the last sixteen of the Integro League Cup was filmed for social media.

Held during the Northern Premier League's Christmas lunch for sponsors and partners at Cheshire's Knutsford Golf Club on Thursday, the draw was filmed for fans, players and club officials for a second time this season after thousands logged on to social media in October to watch the balls come out of the hat for the second round.

With a number of second round ties still to be resolved over the coming weeks, 20 clubs went into the hat before the draw for the third round was made during a break in the festivities by Barry Greenlees from sponsors Integro.

Like last season's EVO-STIK League North winners Bamber Bridge and losing finalists Grantham Town, this term's eventual winners and runners-up will once again collect £2000 and £1000 in prize money respectively. Losing quarter-finalists will collect £250 while the losing semi-finalists will bank £500 each as sponsors Integro continue their long-running support for the EVO-STIK League's showpiece cup competition during the NPL's historic 50th anniversary season.

Integro League Cup Third Round Draw
Atherton Collieries or Bamber Bridge v Scarborough Athletic
Mossley v Ramsbottom United
Warrington Town or Lancaster City v Workington or Marine
Cleethorpes Town or Tadcaster Albion v S Shields
Basford United v Kidsgrove Athletic
Stafford Rangers v Coalville Town
Matlock Town v Hednesford Town
Mickleover Sports v Witton Albion

* The EVO-STIK League's clubs will be backing The Daniel Wilkinson Foundation again when the last 16 ties are played in the week commencing Monday 29 January.

After starting a season of support for the foundation until next May's final in September's preliminary round, the clubs hosting ties will promote the charity's work with adverts and flyers in their matchday programmes.

The Daniel Wilkinson Foundation was founded by the family and friends of the late Shaw Lane defender to raise funds in his name to stop others dying of undetected heart conditions following his tragic death last season at the age of 24 after collapsing on the pitch during an Integro League Cup clash at Brighouse Town.

More than £40,000 towards a target of 50K has already been raised with more than a £1,000 alone added to the total at the inaugural Daniel Wilkinson Memorial Trophy match on the eve of the new season between last season's EVO-STIK League South champions and Brighouse Town at the latter's Dual Seal Stadium.

A former Hull City youth team star, who also turned out for North Ferriby United, Scarborough Athletic, Harrogate Town, Goole Town and Rushall Olympic, Dan passed away in September 2016 after collapsing on the pitch just under an hour into his side's cup clash and despite the best efforts of medics from both clubs and the emergency services to treat him using Town's own stadium defibrillator and administering CPR.

The defender was later found to have the same disease that caused former Bolton star Fabrice Muamba to retire from football in 2012 after collapsing during an FA Cup tie at Spurs. That incident prompted the Football Association to team up with the British Heart Foundation to subsidise the cost of defibrillators for more than 900 clubs at Steps 1 to 5 following lobbying from a number of competitions including the EVO-STIK League.

Find out more about The Daniel Wilkinson Foundation via the charity's social media channels and website: Twitter, @dannywilks5; Facebook, thedanielwilkinsonfoundation; Instagram, dwfoundation5; website, thedanielwilkinsonfoundation.org and via email at: contact@ thedanielwilkinsonfoundation.org. To donate, visit: http://mydonate.bt.com/charities/thedanielwilkinsonfoundation.

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