Title next goal with promotion in bag

Halifax men’s first team, who voluntarily took a two division drop at the end of last season, look certain to take one step back after last Saturday’s 3-1 win away to Lincoln Roses seconds.

They stay top of Yorkshire Two by one point from Leeds thirds and three from York thirds, who only managed a draw last weekend.

With only one game to go and a superior goal difference of 19, Halifax look certain to stay ahead of York and take one of the two promotion places.

Halifax’s next target is to beat Brigg seconds at Park Lane HS tomorrow (1.30) and secure top spot.

Goals from Matthew Graham, Matthew Bairstow and Michael Jones in the first half was enough last Saturday.

Lincoln threw everything at them in the second half but Jones, Richard Marshall and goalkeeper Matthew Metcalfe were outstanding.

Other scores - men: Yorkshire Three, Halifax II 1 Rotherham II 2. Yorkshire Five North: Halifax III 0 City of York VI 4, City of York VII 1 Halifax IV 1.

Women, Yorkshire Three: Halifax II 3 Harriogate IV 1, Netherwood (Bfd) 4 Halifax III 1. Yorkshire Six: Pickering II 10 Halifax IV 1.