Five-point lead the prize for Stump win

Tony Kniveton will be keen to see his Stump Cross side bounce back in the Haslem-Sheppard Halifax AFL tomorrow.

The Premier Division leaders were beaten for the first time last week when they went down 4-3 at Midgley United, who cut their lead to two points.

With Midgley on cup duty tomorrow they can extend it to five with victory over champions Elland United.

Elland have recordedonly two wins from six games. However, Paul Bradbury’s men will pose a threat, particularly free scoring strikers Carlton Balmer and Mark Kelsey.

There will be a key battle for superiority in midfield. Jordan Burnham could be Elland’s main man in that area but it will take more than one individual to master Stump’s talent.

Draw specialists Warley Rangers host a Shelf United side still without a win and this could be their big chance to get off the mark.

Sowerby United host a Greetland side bidding for a third successive win. The arrival of prolific scorer Mark Heppenstall has given Greetland more threat going forward.

Hebden Royd Red Star are on cup duty so second placed Sowerby Bridge could take over at the top of the first division if they can see off third-placed Stainland United.

Bridge will start favourites but Stainland, with wins in their last three, will travel with confidence.

Volunteer Arms travel to Elland Allstars for a game neither can afford to lose if they are to make a promotion challenge.

Salem have lost five of their last six in the league and bid to stop the rot in a visit from struggling Halifax Irish Centre.

Although they have yet to win a league game Ryburn United Reserves have been improving. They will travel to Mixenden United with hope.

The top two in the second division clash when leaders Elland United Reserves host Sowerby Bridge Reseres. Both are in great form and it could be close.

Warley Rangers Reserves, in third, should keep the pressure on the top two by winning at Halifax Irish Centre Reserves.

Midgley United Reserves and Hebden Royd Red Star Reserves are both chasing promotion, which makes their clash a key game.

In the third round of the Halifax FAAlbert Crabtree Cup, holders Ovenden WR should book their place in the last eight at Ealandians.

Calder 76 bid to shock visitors Brighouse Town while West Yorkshire League side Brighouse OB host Holmfield and will start favourites.

Halifax Irish Club take on Wadsworth United at Natty Lane and should have the edge while Huddersfield Amateurs host improving Copley United.

The all premier division clash between Ryburn United and Midgley United promises to be a very close affair.

Spring Hall Celtic and AFC Crossleys hope to pull off another shock win away to Northowram and Hebden Royd Red Star respectively