Stump are keen to end frustrating spell

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Stump Cross have a chance to regain top spot in the Premier Division of the Haslem-Sheppard Halifax AFL at home to Copley United tomorrow.

It is proving a frustrating build up to the festive period for Tony Kniveton’s men, who have not played since the end of November because of the weather.

They lost the leadership to Midgley United a fortnight since but Craig Gee’s men have no game tomorrow as their scheduled opponents, Ryburn United, are on county cup duty.

Copley made a disappointing start to the season but then had a mini revival which was ended in emphatic fashion in their last outing by Holmfield.

Thirty five goals have been leaked by Copley so far and that suggests Stump, with 13-goal Damian Watkins to the fore, could take advantage.

Greetland are another side that had a good run ended in their last game. They travel to Holmfield for a clash which should throw light on each side’s chances of a top four finish.

Calder 76, despite being next to bottom, are a side that could yet be involved in the title race.

Having played only four league games, their backlog of fixtures could prove the biggest foe.

Champions Elland United are next up for Calder and a win would set them on course for a big push.

Shelf United are still to win and five points adrift at the bottom. They need to start collecting points quickly but visitors Warley Rangers are not going to be an easy side to beat.

First Division leaders Hebden Royd Red Star are still unbeaten and looking good to make a quick return to the top flight. Mixenden United visit tomorrow and will have to show improved form if they are to become the first to beat Red Star.

Sowerby Bridge are the leaders’ biggest challengers and they are faced with what could be a far from easy game at Wadsworth United.

Denholme United have made their best start for a number of seasons and are currently third. They travel to Halifax Irish Centre where a win would keep their promotion push going.

Elland Allstars could also play a big part in the promotion race and a win over Salem would advertise their intent.

Stainland United host Volunteer Arms and could just have the edge.

Sowerby Bridge Reserves are leaders in a very tight second division. They host AFC Crossleys and should be the winners but it could prove to be a far from easy game.

Second placed Warley Rangers Reserves host Shelf United Reserves and will know they cannot underestimate a Shelf side that has lost only twice in eight outings.

Elland United Reserves,in third place, host Midgley United Reserves knowing they cannot afford any slips if they are to be serious title challengers.

Hebden Royd Red Star Reserves face a trip to Halifax Athletic and should win, but on their day Athletic are a match for any side in the section.

Bottom of the table Sowerby United Reserves take on Halifax Irish Centre Reserves, who are two places above them. It’s a big clash for both sides.

With leaders Calder 76 Reserves and second placed Shelf FC without a game, Denholme United Reserves have a chance to apply pressure.

Denholme host fourth placed Elland Allstars Reserves and three points would be massive boost for the Foster Park men.

Brighouse Sports’ fine first season could continue with a win at Volunteer Arms Reserves, whilst in the meeting of the bottom two it could be home advantage that tips things the way of West Central against Salem Reserves.

In the delayed Invitation Cup quarter final, Greetland AFC Reserves take on division-lower Spring Hall Celtic. Calder 76 Reserves await the winners in the semi final.

Ryburn United and Brighouse OB will once again attempt to play their third round West Riding Challenge Cup. The winners face a trip to Marsden or Pannal Sports.