Joe bids to mark his 21st by sinking United

Sowerby United are the next side to try and halt Midgley United’s march towards the Haslem-Sheppard Halifax & District AFL title and halt their 36-game unbeaten league run.

It’s a big ask for a Sowerby side that has failed to win in their last four outings. However, Sowerby have shared the points with second placed Stump Cross and third placed Ryburn United, which suggests they are capable of upsetting the leaders.

Much of Sowerby’s hopes will rest with their defensive qualities. Keeper Paul Barker is as good as any in the top flight and the experience of veteran Garry Boyd will be needed.

Striker Lee Barber and youngster Corey Henderson are sure to give Midgley plenty to think about.

Joe Swallow who has had an outstanding first season with Sowerby, celebrates his 21st birthday tomorrow and he will hoping he has the key to the door that unlocks this very solid Midgley side.

Stump Cross travel to Warley Rangers, who will have been boosted by their fine win at Calder 76 last week.

Ryburn United also had a good win last week when they won at the in-form Shelf United. Next up for Eric Walker’s men is a short trip to Greetland, who are one place below them.

Champions Elland United are finding form, highlighted by their draw at Midgley last week. A similar performance tomorrow at Calder ‘76 could see them win.

A vital game in the relegation battle is at Holmfield where Shelf United are the visitors. Despite their recent good run, Shelf are only two points above bottom club Calder with Holmfield just a point above them. It’s a massive clash for both sides.

The top two in the first division clash at Sowerby Bridge where leaders Hebden Royd Red Star will be hoping to keep their unbeaten record intact.

It promises to be a close affair with the Bridge hoping they can make home advantage count.

Northowram, in third, host Volunteer Arms and whilst they look like missing out on promotion, the Rams can keep their recent good form going.

Elland Allstars ended their poor run with a good win over Denholme United last week. They will be looking to follow up against Salem.

Denholme have not been in the best of form but on home soil they will be fancied against Halifax Irish Centre.

Bottom of the table Ryburn United Reserves may find it hard going against Wadsworth United despite having home advantage.

Sowerby Bridge Reserves have opened up a six point lead at the top of the second division but have a free date tomorrow. That gives second placed Warley Rangers Reserves the chance to cut the lead to three points by winning at Elland United Reserves.

Hebden Royd Red Star Reserves will also be looking to make up ground on the leaders when they host Sowerby United Reserves.

AFC Crossleys are finishing the season strongly and look likely winners at Halifax Athletic. Shelf United Reserves’ promotion hopes are now all but over but they should beat Greetland Reserves.

Halifax Irish Centre Reserves were narrowly beaten last week and will be hoping for better luck when they take on Midgley United Reserves.

Only two games take place in the third division. Second placed Shelf FC, with just two games left, must win against Salem Reserves to have any hope of the title and Denholme United Reserves are in a similar position at Volunteer Arms Reserves.

The second semi-final in the Invitation Cup involves Calder 76 Reserves and Spring Hall Celtic. The winners playSowerby Bridge Reserves.