Bridge bid for Elland upset

Elland United, beaten in extra time in last season’s final, will be hoping to go one better in this season’s Skircoat Green Physiotherapy Challenge Cup.

A convincing win over their conquerors in that final, Hebden Royd Red Star, in the first round has put them on course to achieve that.

Elland have lost some players this season but are still a force to be reckoned with.

A trip to first division high flyers Sowerby Bridge is next up for Elland and it could prove tricky.

Bridge warmed up for the clash with a 9-0 win at Mixenden United in the league last week and their confidence will be sky high, but Elland have lots of class and that may see them through.

The big game of the round is at Kebroyd where Premier Division leaders Ryburn United host third placed Greetland AFC.

Ryburn, with 11-goal Christian Silkstone a major threat, will start favourites but Greetland, despite their much lower strike rate, could make it tough for the hosts.

There is an interesting tie between Warley Rangers and visitors Midgley United. Warley lie second in the Premier Division and should be expected to see off a Midgley side that was relegated from the top flight last season.

But Craig Gee’s Midgley are a totally different outfit this season and with 23-goal Tom Booth leading from the front could give Warley their toughest game of the season.

Shelf United and AFC Crossleys are involved in an all top flight clash. Things have not gone well for Shelf so far this season and the exit door looks to be waiting for them after this game.

Stainland United are also struggling and could have a lot on to see off first division Copley United.

Calder 76 also face first division opposition in the shape of Denholme United. Despite their indifferent league form, Calder should make the next round.

Volunteer Arms have home advantage against Brighouse OB and that should be enough to see Jason Varley’s men go through.

In the second round of the Invitation Cup, Greetland AFC Reserves have home advantage against Spring Hall Celtic. Despite their fine start to the season, newcomers Spring Hall may find it hard against division higher foes.

Halifax Irish Centre Reserves host Denholme United Reserves in another second division versus third clash. This could be close.

In the Premier Division, Hebden Royd Red Star, who gained an overdue first win of the season last week, welcome Stump Cross to their White Lee Rec Ground.

That will have boosted confidence in the Red Star camp but Stump have been in great form and could bring the hosts back down to earth.

Sowerby United travel to Holmfield.

Sowerby, who lost the services of manager Gerry Doherty last week, will travel with John Punda and Dan Taylor at the helm and the pair will be eager to return home with three points.

Northowram are the highest placed side in league action in the first division and they can move to within a point of second placed Sowerby Bridge with a win against Hebden Royd Red Star Reserves.

Two sides showing improved form meet at Salem where Halifax Irish Centre are the visitors. Both sides will fancy their chances and it could be close.

Mixenden United and Ryburn United Reserves have both been out of sorts of late and a win for either would be a real tonic.

Sowerby Bridge Reserves top the second division table and it looks likely to remain that way after their game at Elland United Reserves.

Second placed Wadsworth United, however, are looking the side to beat and they can strengthen their title claims with a win over Warley Rangers Reserves.

Third-placed Elland Allstars travel to Sowerby United Reserves, where they should win to keep their title challenge going in the right direction.

Halifax Athletic take on Shelf United Reserves and should win.

AFC Crossleys Reserves are blazing a trail at the top of the third division and should at least retain their two point advantage over second placed Junction Inn by beating Stainland United Reserves.

Junction’s game against Calder 76 Reserves may not be straight forward while Midgley United Reserves, who have found some form, may be too strong for visitors Volunteer Arms Reserves.

Elland Allstars Reserves will have high hopes of a second win of the season when they host Salem Reserves in the meeting of the bottom two, .

Fixtures

Premier Division: Hebden Royd Red Star v Stump Cross (P.Bowe), Holmfield v Sowerby United (M.Redmile)

Division One: Mixenden United v Ryburn United Res (A.Kay), Northowram v Hebden Royd Red Star Res (M.Sharman), Salem v Hx Irish Centre (C.Hopwood)

Division Two: Elland United Res v Sowerby Bridge Res (D.Bartley), Halifax Athletic v Shelf United Res (R.Smith), Sowerby United Res v Elland Allstars (P.Rosier), Wadsworth United v Warley Rangers Res (M.Edwards)

Division Three: AFC Crossleys Res v Stainland United Res (A.Webster), Elland Allstars Res v Salem Res (R.Walker), Junction Inn v Calder 76 Res (A.Williams), Midgley United Res v Volunteer Arms Res (A.Willinsky)

Skircoat Green Physiotherapy Challenge Cup

Second round: Calder 76 v Denholme United (W.Cotton), Ryburn United v Greetland AFC (P.Crouch), Shelf United v AFC Crossleys (P.Bolton), Sowerby Bridge v Elland United (P.Crabtree), Stainland United v Copley United (M.Beard), Volunteer Arms v Brighouse Old Boys (T.Siddle), Warley Rangers v Midgley United (S.Hoyle)

Ryburne Windows Invitation Cup

Second round: Greetland AFC Res v Spring Hall Celtic (C.Salmon), Hx Irish Centre Res v Denholme United Res (J.Hallos)