EAST Lancashire clubs will bid to end a 25-year drought in the LCB Knockout when the first round gets under way tomorrow.

Chorley were the region's last winners in 1992 and only Darwen, in 1994, have reached the final since.

Fifteen East Lancs sides get their bid for glory under way with Northern League pacesetters Chorley on the road at Fulwood & Broughton in their opener.

Clitheroe, flying high in their debut season in the Lancashire League, reached the last four 12 months ago and will bid to go one better this time around. Paul Gaskell's side are at home to Kearsley while Church make the long trip to Kendal.

There is an all Lancashire League clash at Cliffe Park where Great Harwood entertain Lowerhouse while Est Lancashire, who have started the season well, visit Firwood Bootle.

Haslingden and Nelson also have home ties, against Greenfield and Rainhill respectively, while Burnley face Ribblesdale League high fliers Settle.

Whalley are on the road at Croston while defending Lancashire League champions Ramsbottom hist Glossop.

One of last year's finalists will be going out early with champions Denton West away at 2016 runners-up Farnworth in round one.