Green keen to maintain form in title battle

ALTHOUGH they hold the aces as far as league position is concerned, FC Bowling Green know they cannot afford too many off days if they are to realise their ambition of lifting the Bridge Balti Halifax Sunday League title.

Green boast a 10 point lead at the top having lost just two league games all season. However, they are being chased hard by a strong and talented Elland Sports side as well as old rivals FC Royal of Pellon, both of whom have three games in hand on the leaders. It is a battle that will no doubt continue until the end of the campaign.

Green will feel confident that they can see off the challenge from a Halifax Hammers side who started the season well but have proved too inconsistent to maintain a credible challenge.

Royal must also fancy their chances of keeping the gap to a manageable level when they play host to bottom club The Vine. However, they must not take anything for granted as the visitors have proved on more than one occasion that they are perhaps better than their position shows.

It is Elland who face arguably the toughest test tomorrow with a home clash against fourth-placed Bradshaw Phoenix, who are right up there as far as points are concerned but they have played a game more than the leaders.

Like The Vine, Bradshaw are scrapping for their lives and they will hope to get something from their home game against Engineers. A win would see them leap-frog champions King Cross CB&AC, who are without a fixture, and into 10th place.

The remaining game sees Carrington Rangers, who have only played eight top-flight games to date, having home advantage over Shoulder FC Northowram.

The Division One promotion race is really hotting up with six clubs still in the hunt for end of season glory.

Sun Inn will be keen to extend their position at the top with a victory at fellow ex-Brighouse League foes Thornhill Briggs while two of the other hopefuls, Cock and Bottle and FC Champs, clash on Savile Park in a game which neither will want to lose.

Second-placed Oddfellows are not in action while Lee Mount have the chance to throw their hat firmly into the ring with victory over Old Pond.

The foot of the table is equally tense with all four clubs involved in real three pointers against their rivals for the drop.

Bottom club Halifax Rangers are at second bottom Ovenden Amateurs while 11th take on 10th with Queens Head hosting Elland Sports Reserves.

Ryburn United have been quietly impressing in Division Two and they will look to give their promotion hopes a boost with victory over lowly Hebden Bridge.

Stubbing Wharf will not have given up hope of finding themselves in the final shake-up and they could do those hopes the power of good by beating third-placed Rastrick BC.

Triangle’s chase of leaders Stallions should be boosted by another three points against Halifax Rangers Reserves while the table toppers will look to at least maintain their eight point lead with victory over King Cross Reserves.

Finally, Division One side Waiters Arms are the only club left flying the Calderdale flag in West Riding competition and they will be looking to book their place in the semi-final of the Sunday Trophy with victory at Gomersal.

Barclays Premier: Newcastle v Aston Villa (13:30), Chelsea v Man Utd (16:00).

Championship: Derby v Nottm Forest (12:15).

The Bridge Balti Halifax Sunday League.

Premier Division: Bradshaw v Engineers, Carrington Rangers v Shoulder FC Northowram, Elland Sports v Bradshaw Phoenix, FC Royal of Pellon v The Vine, Halifax Hammers v FC Bowling Green.

Division One: Cock & Bottle v FC Champs, Lee Mount v Old Pond, Ovenden Amateurs v Halifax Rangers, Queens Head v Elland Sports Reserves, Thornhill Briggs v Sun Inn (Rastrick).

Division Two: Greetland Goldstars v Ryburn Valley, Halifax Rangers Reserves v Triangle, King Cross CB&AC Reserves v Stallions FC, Rastrick Bowling Club v Stubbing Wharf, Ryburn United v Hebden Bridge AFC, The Vine Reserves v Royd Club FC.

West Riding Sunday Trophy: Gomersal v Waiters Arms FC.