THE Mid-Cheshire District FA Saturday Challenge Cup resumes on Saturday at the quarter-finals stage.

Three seeded sides - holders Lostock Gralam, Middlewich Town and Cuddington - are joined in the last eight by five who have progressed from a group-stage.

Here's what's in store:

Barnton Wanderers v Middlewich Town res

At Barnton Primary School, kick-off 1.30pm

Barnton, runners-up in last season's final, only scraped through after a penalty shoot-out success against Clock Tower in a play-off.

They have struggled to reproduce the impressive form that carried them to the Crewe and District League title last season, and sit seventh in the Premier Division this time around.

A defeat last week was their third from the past four games in all competitions and their campaign needs a kick-start.

The Witches breezed through their group, taking maximum points, and warmed up for this tie with a five-goal thrashing of Moore's second string last Saturday.

READ > What happened in the Crewe and District League last week

Cuddington v Winsford Saxons

At Norley Road, kick-off 1.30pm

Cuddy have been a difficult opponent to beat on home turf this term and that makes them slight favourites.

They are prolific at Norley Road too, scoring on average 4.7 goals per game there in Cheshire League Two.

Their guests make a trip to Northwich still in contention to win four trophies this season and have matched the pace of front-running Madeley White Star in the Crewe and District League.

Saxons know where the net is too; they have won six successive matches in league and cup, scoring 34 times.

Lostock Gralam v Winnington Avenue 1994

At Moss Farm, kick-off 2.30pm

Lostock enter the competition with a game against in-form tenants who have lost only one of their past nine games.

However the Grey Lambs' form has been even more impressive; they had won a dozen Cheshire League matches in a row, and were unbeaten in 17, before a 2-1 reverse against Vulcan last weekend.

They will need to be wary.

"We've made a habit of proving people wrong this season and for us this is a test of our recent progress," said Lewis Wood, Winnington's manager.

"Don't write us off."

READ > What happened in the Cheshire League last week

Middlewich Town v Over 3 Grange

At Seddon Street, kick-off 1.30pm

On paper, this ought to be the tie that is easiest to predict.

The Witches sit fourth in the Cheshire League's Premier Division, while their guests from Winsford are third from bottom in the Crewe and District League.

They were also hammered 5-1 by neighbours Saxons last weekend.

However Town are looking vulnerable; they've not won any of their past nine matches and are in desperate need of a victory.

"Over will smell blood," warned co-manager Ross Speight this week.

If scores are level after 90 minutes, a penalty shoot-out will decide who goes through