Football: Sowerby bidding to return to top - but Shelf still have a chance of the title

Sowerby United lost top spot in the Premier Division last weekend as they were beaten by Stump Cross.

Tomorrow they have a chance to return to the summit when they travel to Shelf United.

Shelf, however, have suffered just one defeat so far this season and this clash gives them the chance to start the new year on a high.

A win for Bob Goodwin's side would keep them in touch with the leading pack and they have games in hand on all of them apart from Hebden Royd Red Star.

Steve Galloway, a scorer in every game this season, is sure to keep Sowerby defenders on their toes.

Shelf were winners when the pair met at Sowerby in the first week in November and will fancy their chances of completing a double.

Sowerby will be keen to halt a run that has seen them lose three of their last four games and are sure to play their part in what looks like being a cracking contest.

Holmfield have had a good first half to the season and are currently fourth.

Paddy Fitzgibbon's side pushed leaders Hebden Royd Red Star all the way last week and that sort of form suggests they will be too good for a Calder 76 side that has lost in their last three outings.

Champions Elland United have not given up hope of retaining their crown.

They visit Shroggs Park for a meeting with a Stump Cross side that is hitting form.

Elland will be hoping to return home with a win under their belts to keep their title hopes alive.

Midgley United host Halifax Irish Centre in a meeting of two struggling sides. Home soil advantage may just tip the scales Midgley's way and get them only a second win of the season.

It's top versus bottom in the first division with unbeaten leaders Stainland United visiting Denholme United and results so far point to another win for Stainland.

Sowerby Bridge go to Natty Lane to take on Mixenden United and can keep some pressure on the leaders by taking three points.

AFC Crossleys' promotion claims will look much brighter if they come out on top in their game with Brighouse OB.

Northowram, who moved into second place with their win last week, and Volunteer Arms are also in the race for a promotion place.

The Rams face a tricky looking contest at Hebden Royd Red Star Reserves while the Vol may not find it easy against improved Salem.

Ryburn United Reserves are threatening to run away with the second division title and that should be even more obvious after their game at Halifax Irish Centre Reserves.

Ryburn's nearest two challengers, Sowerby Bridge Reserves and Copley United, meet at Sowerby Bridge. It's a massive game for both but a Copley win would leave the Bridge with an awful lot to do.

A close game is on the cards at Greetland AFC Reserves where Elland Allstars are the visitors.

Halifax Athletic host Warley Rangers Reserves and should win to pull themselves further away from the bottom two.

The big clash in the third division has leaders Sowerby United Reserves hosting third placed Wadsworth United. It's a massive game for both sides and there could be very little in it.

Stainalnd United Reserves should not have too many problems keeping their unbeaten record intact against Midgley United Reserves.

Calder 76 Reserves host Elland United Reserves in a meeting of two sides that cannot be ruled out of the promotion race.

Volunteer Arms Reserves should have the measure of their hosts Elland Allstars Reserves while Salem Reserves could still be looking for their first point of the season after the meeting with Denholme United Reserves.