Double blow for struggling Stainland following points loss

STAINLAND United have suffered a double blow to their survival hopes in the top section of the Haslem-Sheppard Halifax & District AFL.

The Premier’s bottom club have been suspended, along with lower division pair Junction AFC and Spring Hall Celtic, for non-payment of fines.

Stainland and Spring Hall Celtic have now be given the green light to resume playing, while Junction remain banned.

But the points from the games the trio have missed while under suspension have been awarded to their opponents by the AFL’s management committee this week.

In Stainland’s case, that means their scheduled opponents on the first two Saturdays of this month, Hebden Royd Red Star and title chasers Greetland, have collected an additional three points without stepping onto the field.

Calder ‘76 Reserves have received a six-point bonus in Division Three as they were due to meet Junction on March 3 and Spring Hall Celtic last Saturday.

Denholme United Reserves have been awarded a win for their match against Celtic on March 3.

Meanwhile, Division Two title favourites Wadsworth United have mover closer to back to back championships after being awarded the points from when Greetland AFC Reserves failed to raise a side on March 3.

Northowram have been awarded the points from their Division One game against Brighouse OB on the same day. Lowly Brighouse pulled off a surprise away win but fielded an ineligible player.

The score of the Division Three game between Sowerby United Reserves and Halifax Irish Centre, which was abandoned due to a player injury on February 18, has been confirmed as a result. Sowerby were leading 2-0.

The dates and venues for the league’s two cup finals have been announced.

The Skircoat Green Physiotherapy Challenge Cup final will take place on Monday, May 14 at the Shay (7.45) and the Invitation Cup final will be on Friday, April 27 at Natty Lane, Illingworth (6.30).