Ryburn must not slip up in Calder clash

HAlIFAX AFL Premier Division leaders Ryburn United got their title challenge back on track with a win at Sowerby United last Saturday as title rivals Stump Cross and Warley Rangers were losing.

Ryburn host the improving Calder 76 in the Haslem-Sheppard-sponsored league tomorrow in another key game.

Calder have hit form with good wins in their last two outings. Remi Allen and Richard Topham have been amongst the goals while Scott Dawson continues to be a rock at the heart of their defence.

This will be a tough one for Calder but recent form suggests they will give the leaders a stern examination.

Ryburn will have been lifted by last week’s win in which Simon Carter again proved to be the heartbeat of the side.

Third placed Warley Rangers take on a Holmfield side that will have been buoyed by their win at Stump Cross last Saturday, ending an eight game losing run.

This could be the last throw of the dice in the title race for Warley.

Stump Cross were rocked by last week’s defeat but can still overhaul Ryburn if they win their games in hand. A trip to AFC Crossleys is not the easiest game to bounce back in.

Elland United have found form with a cup semi final looming, winning on their last three outings.

They travel to old foes Hebden Royd Red Star knowing it will not be an easy game.

Sowerby United have slipped to second from bottom and scoring goals is their obvious problem. The trip to Shelf United will prove another big test.

Midgley United are looking strong favourites for the first division title with just seven games left.

They go into their game against second placed Sowerby Bridge with the only unbeaten tag in all the divisions and look likely to keep that intact.

Copley United are pressing hard for a promotion place but face a hard game at Salem. A win would be a massive boost to Copley’s hopes.

Halifax Irish Centre are having an up and down season and may find their improving hosts, Volunteer Arms, too strong.

Denholme United have been edging closer to safety and can take another giant stride by winning against bottom of the table Hebden Royd Red Star Reserves.

Northowram should consolidate their mid-table position with a win over Ryburn United Reserves.

In the meeting of the bottom two, Mixenden United will be hoping to put home advantage to full use against Brighouse OB.

Division Two leaders Elland Allstars host Greetland AFC Reserves and look set for another win, especially with goal machine Connor Bell in good form.

Second placed Sowerby Bridge Reserves make the short trip to Sowerby United Reserves where anything but a win would be a disaster for them.

Wadsworth United are looking the likely champions and they can advertise their claims with a win at Halifax Irish Centre Reserves.

Elland United Reserves will be looking to make it three consecutive wins when they take on Warley Rangers Reserves.