Royd are Division One champs

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Hebden Royd Red Star clinched the Haslem-Sheppard Halifax AFL Division One title last night with a hard-fought 3-2 success away to Ryburn United Reserves.

However, their Calder Valley neighbours Midgley United still require a point from their penultimate match at home to Greetland on Saturday to be Premier Division champions after second-placed Stump Cross thrashed Shelf United 6-0.

That defeat left Shelf needing to beat Copley United in Saturday’s battle of the bottom two to avoid the one relegation place from the top flight.

It is between that pair after Sowerby United guaranteed their safety with a 3-3 draw at home to Calder ‘76, thanks to player-manager John Punda’s goal with eight minutes left.

Mixenden United are relegated following a 4-2 home defeat by Halifax Irish Centre. It means Saturday’s planned double header between Mixenden and Wadsworth will not take place and the fixtures will go down as goalless draws.

A recent meeting between the pair at Wadsworth’s ground was abandoned due to crowd trouble, involving fans not connected to the clubs, and both sides were keen to avoid the risk of a repeat.

Irish’s win over Mixenden means they can overhaul Stainland and finish out of the bottom two with a point at Ryburn United Reserves on Saturday.

Wednesday’s results - Premier Division: Shelf United 0 Stump Cross 6 (M.Calland 3, A.Ackroyd, L.Brompton, J.Hiley), Sowerby United 3 (J.Manning, J.Collins, J.Punda) Calder 76 3 (R.Allen 2, og), Warley Rangers 0 Ryburn United 0.

Division One: Mixenden United 2 (C.Woodhouse S.King) Halifax Irish Centre 4 (C.Eastwood 2, B.Field, D.Pearson), Ryburn United Res 2 (L.Cockcroft R.Sunderland) Hebden Royd Red Star 3 (H.West, R.Thomas, T.Garland), Wadsworth United 0 Sowerby Bridge 3