Champs a threat to Midgley’s superb run

Premier leaders Midgley United haven’t dropped points since they drew 4-4 with Warley Rangers in the opening game of the season.

Since then they have rattled up 10 straight wins in the Haslem-Sheppard Halifax AFL and opened up a nine point lead on second placed Stump Cross.

Elland United are next up for the leaders and they could well fancy their chances, having won at Midgley in the Challenge Cup at the end of October.

A month earlier Elland went down 2-1 to Midgley in the first league meeting between the two.

Whilst reigning champions Elland are having an up and down season they have quality players in key areas. No nonsense centre back Kellen Bradbury was the AFL Young Player of the year in 2011 and has continued to impress.

Martin Boon has 12 goals to his name and is lively and dangerous. He, Mark Kelsey and Jake Bradbury could be the key to unlocking the leaders’ defence.

Midgley, however, appear to be getting stronger game by game but from previous clashes with Elland they know this game could be very difficult.

Stump Cross host Copley United and if they are to retain hope of becoming champions must win.

Ryburn United ended a run of three games without a win with an emphatic 6-1 success over Calder 76. They travel to Shelf United, who have won their last three.

Holmfield lost their unbeaten home record last week but that does not mean tomorrow’s visitors Greetland will have an easy time.

Calder ‘76 are bottom following last week’s defeat but have several games in hand on the sides above them. They host Warley Rangers, whose draw last week was their sixth in 12 outings.

It now looks a two horse race for the first division title with unbeaten leaders Hebden Royd Red Star a point better off than Sowerby Bridge.

The leaders could face a real test when they host Northowram, who will arrive with four straight wins under their belts.

Sowerby Bridge visit Halifax Irish Centre. Bridge won the first meeting by the odd goal in nine two weeks ago.

Volunteer Arms travel to Stainland United and may not have things all their own way.

Defeats in their last two outings has seen Elland Allstars’ promotion hopes all but disappear. They take on a Denholme United side that has also dropped vital points of late.

Wadsworth United, on home soil, look likely to beat Mixenden United while Salem will bid to halt their slide at bottom of the table Ryburn United Reserves.

Second division leaders Sowerby Bridge Reserves are on course for a league and cup double after booking their place in the Invitation Cup final last weekend.

They return to league football at home to Midgley United Reserves and could secure an 11th win of the season.

Warley Rangers Reserves, in second place, face third placed Hebden Royd Red Star Reserves in a clash that neither can afford to lose.

Shelf United Reserves face a tough test at AFC Crossleys.

Elland United Reserves may halt their slide with a win against a young Sowerby United Reserves side while Halifax Athletic will hope for a win over Halifax Irish Centre Reserves to make them safe.

Calder 76 Reserves have a free date and second-placed Shelf FC could move to within one point of the third division leaders, who have played a game more. Shelf will have to be on their mettle against third placed Savile Arms.

Denholme United Reserves can help their title cause by winning against West Central.