Joe Elliott will warn his team not to underestimate the opposition when Barrow Island take on Walney Central at Rating Lane tomorrow (kick-off 2pm) in the quarter finals of the Barton Townley Cup.

Island are the area’s top National Conference League side in Division Two while Walney, who were in the Premier Division of the North West Men’s League last season have now joined the Cumbria league.

Island slipped up last year in their defeat at the hands of Ulverston (NWML Division One) at the semi-final stage.

Elliott said ahead of the clash: “We have not gone too well in recent years, it’s been a bit of a nightmare. The lads have get to get their heads around this game if they want to make progress, which I certainly do.

"We are a Conference side and though Walney are at a lower level you cannot underestimate them. They have some good players and they will be up for it. They’ll want a big scalp and if we are not careful they’ll turn us over.”

Island looked destined for a final spot last year but in the later stages crumbled and Ulverston went through.

The Rating Lane side last contested a final in 2010 when they accounted for Ulverston.

Elliott said: “It was a shambles last year but we want to get to the final, so we must perform. It is up to the players to get us through. For Walney, this is their final, they will be all out to achieve their target.

“We could be making changes from our last game, when we lost at York Acorn in the Challenge Cup, as we will be fielding two teams tomorrow, with us playing at Dalton in a friendly.”

Island are without Ben Garner following an operation on his hand while Noah Robinson picked up a knee injury in training. Youngsters Will Hadwin and MJ Burn could make their senior debuts.

Walney coach Dave Warne said: “All at the club are looking forward to the game, all games against the Island are good and we will look at this one as a yardstick for us joining the Cumbria League. We had a good run-out against Barrow on Wednesday and are raring to go.”

The Cents welcome back Luke Bailey following a stint down under and he comes in for Matty Elliott, who is unavailable, along with Stu Tippett and Kieron Sharp. Boosting the forwards after being out injured last season is Jamie Ralph, along with Bailey and old faces Fraser Livesey and Ryan Newby, plus Walney soccer player Bradley Taylor.

Tomorrow’s friendly games are Askam v Ulverston, Roose Pioneers v Lowca (at Craven Park), both 2pm kick-offs, and Dalton v Barrow Island at 1:30pm.