Stump eager to make up more ground

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Stump Cross put the brakes on the Haslem-Sheppard Halifax & District AFL Premier Division leaders Ryburn United’s title charge when they beat them 3-0 at Shroggs Park last Saturday.

Stump are now nine points off top spot, but have played four games fewer than the leaders.

While their fixture backlog may prove to be a real test to the squad’s strength, the immediate response from last week’s win is that of supreme confidence.

Tony Kniveton takes his men to Sowerby United to replay the game that was originally abandoned in early October.

The scores were level at 2-2 that day when an injury to the referee ended the game after 72 minutes.

Since then Stump have suffered just one league defeat and they will start favourites to take another three points tomorrow.

If Stump win they will make up more ground on either third placed Warley Rangers or leaders Ryburn as the pair clash in a massive game for both sides.

A Warley win would blow the title race wide open, but if Ryburn bounce back from last week’s setback they would still be favourites for the title.

AFC Crossleys host Elland United, who booked themselves a place in the semi final of the Challenge Cup last week.

Greetland are second but cannot afford any more slips if they are to remain title challengers.

They travel to Shelf United where the deadly finishing of Paul Andrew could be a problem for Greetland.

With only one defeat in their last eight games, Hebden Royd Red Star are fast becoming the form team in the division.

Red Star visit bottom of the table Stainland United knowing a win would almost certainly see them reach safety.

A key game in the relegation battle is at Holmfield where next to bottom Calder 76 are the visitors.

One point separates the bottom four sides so a win for either side would give them a real boost.

In the second division leaders Sowerby Bridge Reserves host third placed Wadsworth United.

The Bridge have a six point advantage over Wadsworth but have played four games more so it is they who need to win to retain any hope of becoming champions.

Greetland Reserves take on Shelf United Reserves in a mid table clash of sides that were both beaten last week.

The bottom two meet at Elland United Reserves where Sowerby United Reserves are the visitors.