Ryburn clash with Stump could be key

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Four of the top five in the Haslem-Sheppard Halifax & District AFL meet in key games in the Premier Division title race tomorrow.

The clash between fifth placed Stump Cross and leaders Ryburn United is one that could give the leaders a giant stride towards the title, or blow the title race wide open.

Stump, with the meanest defence in the division, need to win to keep their title ambitions alive.

This won’t be easy to do against a Ryburn side that has been in great form before the weather interrupted things.

The free scoring Christian Silkstone is the man Stump will have to watch, although the leaders are anything but a one man band.

Simon Carter, Ashley Raynor and Josh Gill have all been consistent performers for a Ryburn side that may now be difficult to stop.

Stump will give it their best shot, with Dean Pritchard and Gerry Doherty having the experience to give Ryburn problems.

Tom Robinson along with Ben Hiley will give the side energy and Damian and Ben Watkins from Holmfield, signed before the transfer deadlined could be key players in this intriguing clash.

Second placed Greetland travel to third placed Warley Rangers looking for a win that would send them 10 points clear of their rivals, but having played three games more.

AFC Crossleys, in fourth place, travel to Hebden Royd Red Star knowing defeat would all but end their title hopes.

Shelf United host Holmfield in a clash of two sides trying to pull away from the relegation places.

The race for the second division title is getting very interesting.

Leaders Sowerby Bridge Reserves take on fourth placed Halifax Athletic and a win for Athletic would move them to within four points of the leaders and set up a late title challenge.

Joint leaders Elland Allstars visit Greetland AFC Reserves in a game they really need to win to keep their title drive heading in the right direction.

Wadsworth United are title favourites but need to make full use of their games in hand. Tomorrow they host Shelf United Reserves and cannot afford any slips.

Sowerby United Reserves are still chasing a first win of the season. Next up for them is a visit from Halifax Irish Centre.

In Division Three, AFC Crossleys Reserves travel to Elland Allstars Reserves with the knowledge that a win would leave them three points off taking the title with one game to play.

Salem Reserves end their season with a trip to Denholme United Reserves.