REIGNING champions Farnworth have been drawn at home to Astley Bridge in the opening round of this season’s Hamer Cup.

Other standout ties in the first round of the Bolton League competition include Egerton’s trip to title holders Little Lever and an intriguing match between last season’s surprise package Westhoughton and 2011 Hamer Cup champions Greenmount.

All first round ties are due to be played on Sunday, May 18.

Full Hamer Cup draw: Farnworth v Astley Bridge, Little Lever v Egerton, Westhoughton v Greenmount, Eagley v Farnworth SC, Kearsley v Walkden, Tonge v Heaton. Horwich and Bradshaw have been given byes.