The heat’s on Triangle, says Warley skipper

Warley seconds head down to Triangle on successive days this weekend looking to maintain their fine start to the season.

James Cooper’s side have only one blot on their copybook in 2012 - a defeat at the hands of Copley.

They lie second in the Premier Division following promotion and are also through to the semi-finals of the Crossley Shield.

John Moore’s Triangle are the only team above them in the table and this year’s final hosts were the ones the others were probably keen to avoid in this Sunday’s last four Shield matches.

Cooper won’t be heading to Grassy Bottom this weekend - he’s on holiday - but he believes a side which will be led by Andrew Oates, star of several Parish Cup finals, can travel without fear.

“When the draw was made we weren’t too disappointed about having to go down there,” said the 20-year-old Cooper, whose dad Howard is a long-serving Warley player. “There will be a lot of pressure on them and we have nothing to lose.”

While Warley’s firsts are only now starting to find their feet, the seconds hit the ground running this season.

In Oates and Dave Atkinson, Warley have players with huge experience and ability. Their respective sons, Dominic and Ben, are part of the highly-promising younger brigade at Warley, who also include Liam Keywood, son of trophy-winning first team skipper Rob.

Amjid Azam, who is more in the middle age range, could be a big threat to Triangle with more than 30 wickets to his name already this season.

After three final defeats in recent years - including a replay defeat last summer after the first game against Sowerby was tied - Cooper thinks it is about time his men lifted the Shield.