Holders Silksworth handed home opener in Earl Cup title defence

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HOLDERS Silksworth have been handed a home game on the opening night of their Earl Cup title defence.

Silksworth will meet South Hylton on Monday, May 11 in their First Division opener, while Houghton Dairy Lane tackle Barnes Park and Thompson Park visit Roker Marine.

The Swan Cup starts on Wednesday, May 6, when defending champions Houghton Dairy Lane, who won the trophy for the first time in 80 years last summer, start off their First Division campaign at home to Barnes Park.

Silksworth go to Barnes West End, North Biddick host South Hylton, Roker Marine meet Houghton Town and Barnes Park head to Usworth.

The Storey Bowl is the first Sunderland & District competition to start – on Saturday, April 25.