Shelf United booked a return ticket to the Haslem-Sheppard Halifax AFL’s Premier Division last night.
Steve Goodwin’s side beat visitors Denholme United 2-0 to end their visitors’ slim hopes of edging them out of the promotion spots.
Second half goals from Danny Thornton and Elliott Parkinson did the trick for Shelf, who lost their place in the Premier 12 months ago with defeat in a relegation decider against Copley United. Denholme had beaten Shelf 5-0 with ground advantage the previous Wednesday but Shelf had the upper hand this time, missing some good opportunities in the first half.
Victory sets up Shelf nicely for Saturday’s big showdown at home to neighbours Northowram, who have six points more from two extra games and a superior goal difference of 13.
Last night’s other five games were are in the Premier and title combatants Stump Cross and Ryburn United both won by four-goal margins.
Leaders Stump won 4-0 at Sowerby United with goals from Lee Marsh, Tom Robinson, Sam Hiley and Lee Cartwright for their seventh league win in a row.
Ryburn were 5-1 victors at home to bottom club Holmfield to make it six Premier wins on the bounce.
Christian Silkstone bagged another hat-trick and Carl Maguire and Nathan Hargreaves were also on target for Ryburn, Gareth Gaukroger replying.
Holmfield were no worse off as fellow strugglers Sowerby Bridge and Hebden Royd Red Star were also beaten.
Bridge lost 2-0 at home to Elland United with Vaughan Boon getting both goals.
Red Star went down 3-1 at Greetland. Carl Ainley bagged a hat-trick for the resurgent hosts, who are fourth, while Sam Talbot struck for Star.
Copley United continued their much-improved form with a 5-4 win at King Cross Warley and now look safe.