Greetland will test Boyd’s tight defence

The second semi-final of the Skircoat Green Physiotherapy Challenge Cup takes place tomorrow when Greetland take on Sowerby United.

The winners of the all-Premier Division clash at West Vale will meet Stump Cross, who easily beat Halifax Irish Centre on the same ground six days ago .

Greetland, winners of the trophy in 2009 and 2010, go into the tie as favourites against a Sowerby side that has not won in its last eight games.

Both league meetings this season have been close - a 3-3 draw at Greetland and a 5-4 win for them in the return.

Matt and Adam Oldfield are key figures for Greetland but it is their strike force that will pose the big threat to Sowerby. Carl Ainley and Mark Heppenstall are prolific scorers and the emergence of young Danny Dorward has given Greetland a real cutting edge.

Greetland have hit 13 goals in the previous three rounds, but Sowerby have yet to concede a goal in this season’s competition.

Former AFL footballer of the year Garry Boyd has played a major role in the Sowerby defensive system since signing from Stump Cross.

Boyd. along with skipper Ryan Brook and keeper Paul Barker, could be the key men for Sowerby if they are to book a place in the final.

In the Premier Division, Elland United’s win at Warley Rangers last Saturday stretched their unbeaten run to eight games.

The reigning champions now look good for a top three finish. Next up for Elland is a visit from Shelf United, who are battling to pull clear of the bottom and will put up a big fight. Leaders Midgley United had their 39 game unbeaten run ended by Calder 76 last week and now face a nervy run in.

Craig Gee’s side host bottom of the table Copley United and cannot afford to slip up again.

Stump Cross will have been boosted by last week’s Challenge Cup semi final win and news of Midgley’s defeat.

The second-placed side have a tricky game at Warley Rangers but beat Calder in midweek.

Calder 76 travel to Holmfield needing points to aid their climb to safety.

With four games left, Hebden Royd Red Star are still undefeated and four points clear of Sowerby Bridge. The leaders should keep their unbeaten tag at Denholme United.

Wednesday’s defeat at Northowram, after four straight wins, was a massive blow to Wadsworth United’s promotion hopes.

They still have Sowerby Bridge to play but their hopes look wafer thin ahead of tomorrow’s trip to Stainland United.

Elland Allstars host Halifax Irish Centre and should win to pile relegation worries on the Irish.

Ryburn United Reserves are fighting hard to reach safety and could make life difficult for visitors Northowram.

Bottom of the table Mixenden United go to Volunteer Arms desperate for a win.

The only game in the second division is a meeting of the top two. Sowerby Bridge Reserves are champions but Warley Rangers Reserves need points in pursuit of the runners-up spot spot.

In the third division, Spring Hall Celtic travel to Salem Reserves and should gain the win they need to keep their promotion hopes alive.

Tomorrow - Premier: Elland Utd v Shelf Utd (B.Payton), Holmfield v Calder 76 (R.Walker), Midgley Utd v Copley Utd (A.Thorpe), Warley Rangers v Stump Cross (P.Bowe).

Division One: Denholme United v Hebden Royd Red Star (M.Redmile), Elland Allstars v Hx Irish Centre (P.Crabtree), Ryburn United Res v Northowram (G.Porter), Stainland United v Wadsworth United (W.Cotton), Volunteer Arms v Mixenden United (M.Beard).

Division Two: Sowerby Bridge Res v Warley Rangers Res (V.Janecki).

Division Three: Salem Res v Spring Hall Celtic (T.Bennett).

Skircoat Green Physiotherapy Challenge Cup, semi-final: Greetland AFC v Sowerby United (ref J.Hallos, lines S.Hoyle, A.Bennett).