Giantkillers Mixenden face Sowerby

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Mixenden United, the surprise package in this year’s Skircoat Green Physiotherapy Challenge Cup, will need to beat Sowerby United to reach the final of the Halifax AFL competition.

Andy Greenwood’s second division outfit have had two fine wins on their travels, winning 2-1 against Division One side Denholme United before accounting for Premier side Holmfield 3-2.

Sowerby have a fairly modest record in the Premier this season but after scrambling past section-lower Halifax Irish on penalties, they have beaten big guns Midgley United 1-0 and Ryburn United 3-1 in the cup.

In the other semi-final, Copley United will play the winners of the heavyweight clash between Greetland and Stump Cross, which is scheduled for January 11.

Semi-final draws - Challenge Cup: Greetland or Stump Cross v Copley United, Sowerby United v Mixenden United.

Ricky O’Brien Invitation Cup, semi-finals: West Central or Spring Hall Celtic v Brighouse Sports or Shelf FC, Savile Arms v Ryburn United Res.

The AFL’s management has awarded the points from the abandoned Premier Division game between Calder 76 and Stump Cross recently to Stump Cross.

Stump were leading 3-1 in the 85th minute and Calder have been deemed guily of causing the referee to halt play.

Halifax Irish Centre Reserves’ withdrawal from Division Two, due to a shortage of players, has been confirmed. Their record will be expunged.

Saturday’s Halifax FA Cup match between Brighouse Town and Ryburn United will be played at Brighouse Juniors.