Calder Valley Sunday League: Chasing pack aiming to hunt down leaders Linthwaite
Ravenswharfe face the unenviable task of visiting leaders Linthwaite in the Premier Division of the Calder Valley Sunday League this weekend.
Ravenswharfe got their season up and running last time out in a 2-2 draw with Feathers thanks to goals from Sam Hewitt and Ben Smith.
Early pace setters Linthwaite beat Park FC last weekend with four different goalscorers on the sheet and look to register their first home win of the campaign against the new boys.
Feathers will look to keep pace with the leaders when they head to Halifax Panda this Sunday. They needed two goals in the last 15 minutes on their travels last time out to rescue a point and left it very late for the recovery at Clifton Rangers on their travels before that.
They’ll need to start well against Panda who are definitely a force on the 3G pitch at Calderdale College. Previous encounters between the two sides have been close contests and this one suggests it will be no different.
Cock & Bottle are back in action after a week off. They head to Hebden Bridge to face Hollins Holme, who will be looking to bounce back from defeat at Clifton Rangers. Luke Taylor scoring a consolation goal for them in the defeat.
The final game of the weekend sees Park FC battle Clifton at Elland CC. The hosts will be looking for similar kind of form that saw them well in the mix in Division One last season, but they have found goals hard to come by in their first four games in the Premier Division.
Clifton’s front three continue to impress in front of goal, but it will be Reece Wilby that grabbed the headlines last weekend when he scored at the right end, the wrong end and got himself a booking in a busy morning for the centre half.
Spen FC look to build on their impressive win against top side Battyeford last time out, they beat the leaders 6-2 with Jamil Sair netting four times. They’ll face Halifax Panda Reserves, who had their game against Ryburn Valley postponed.
They were also beaten in their last game against Clifton Rangers Reserves and will be looking to get back on track and push towards the top.
Old Pond look to make it two wins in two when they welcome Woodhouse to Lane Head. The home side beat Clifton Reserves 2-1 last weekend with a late winner from Hayden Lewis. Jordan Dobson got the consolation for the visitors, but they were ultimately made to pay for their mistakes.
Woodhouse come into this one with back-to-back wins at home and will now need to do it on their travels. Another hat-trick from Jim Crowther could be enough to take the three points.
Battyeford look to keep hold of top spot when they host Wellington Westgate.
Elsewhere, Clifton Rangers Reserves will finally get to face Sands Lane after both games last year were a wash out.
Sands Lane have started well and a win for them could see them go top if Battyeford fail to win.
Finally, Wire Works will look to seal their first win when they travel to Ryburn Valley.
Rivalries renewed in Division Two as Athletic FC, previously known as Snowdon, battle former Heavy Woollen rivals Mount Pleasant. Athletic are having a much better season of things this time out with three wins from their opening four games,
Billy Yarrow bagging a brace last Sunday helped them to see off Needless Inn.
Mount Pleasant have made an identical start to the season with three wins and nine points from four games.
They lost their 100% record last weekend to Triangle, going down 3-1.
Triangle look to maintain their perfect start when they face Queens Head at Savile Park. Jonny Crowther added to his tally in last week’s win.
The visitors are going into this one having sealed another home win, but they’ll be looking for their first points on the road in what could be their toughest away game of the season.
Inter Batley look to maintain their strong start when they face winless Halifax Rangers.
Elsewhere, Pear Tree Athletic welcome Needless Inn to Deighton and Pellon Social Club look to bounce back with a win against Lewins FC.