Halifax AFL: Premier Division table-toppers Shelf take on Northowram in derby clash
Shelf United only lead the Halifax AFL Premier Division by goal difference going into this weekend’s games.
Next up for Shelf is a visit from near neighbours Northowram.
The Rams had a morale boosting win last week and will travel with confidence, but the form of this Shelf side suggests it could be a tough afternoon for the visitors.
The capture of former Brighouse Town man Tom Robinson has been a master stroke which has seen him find the net six times already in six outings.
Sowerby Bridge host Midgley United in their first home fixture of the season following major ground repairs.
Midgley have lost their last two games, conceding five times in each and will have to up their game if they are to win this.
AFC Crossleys are finding their feet in the top flight and their improvement will be judged after their meeting with third placed Shelf FC.
Hebden Royd Red Star have seen their form dip with defeats in their last two outings. Conceding seven goals in each of those games will be of concern ahead of their trip to Greetland.
Hebden Royd Red Star Res lead the way in the First Division but have played more games than their nearest challengers.
They are just one point better off than tomorrow’s visitors Ivy House who have played a game less.
Ivy House suffered a first defeat of the season last week and will be hoping to get back to winning ways.
Second placed St Columbas have won their opening three games and will travel to Midgley United Res with high hopes.
lying Dutchman, who are still looking for their first point, face a tough test against the undefeated Calder 76.
Illingworth St Mary’s host Denholme United in a meeting of sides that came down from the Premier last season.
AFC Crossleys Res have made a strong start to the season and hold a three point advantage at the top of the Second Division. They travel to Calder 76 Res where they look capable of extending their unbeaten start six games.
Third placed Greetland Res travel to Sowerby United Res looking to complete an early season double over the hosts.
Sowerby Bridge Res visit St Columbas Res hoping to secure a third win of the season.
Shelf FC Res form has slumped and may find it hard going against a Thornton CC side who gained their first win of the season last week. Results - Saturday, October 3. Premier Division: AFC Crossleys 3-1 Greetland, Hebden Royd Red Star 2-7 Sowerby Bridge, Midgley United 0-5 Shelf United, Northowram 4-2 Sowerby United.First Division: Calder 76 P Illingworth St Mary’s, Denholme United P Flying Dutchman, Shelf United Res 1-6 Hebden Royd Red Star Res, St Columbas 3-1 Ivy House.Second Division: Greetland Res 5-1 Calder 76 Res, Shelf FC Res 2-2 St Columbas Res, Sowerby United Res 2-5 Thornton CC, Warley Rangers 4-4 AFC Crossleys Res. Fixtures - Saturday, October 10. Premier Division: AFC Crossleys v Shelf FC, Greetland v Hebden Royd Red Star, Shelf United v Northowram, Sowerby Bridge v Midgley United.First Division: Flying Dutchman v Calder 76, Hebden Royd Red Star Res v Ivy House, Illingworth St Mary’s v Denholme United, Midgley United Res v St Columbas. Second Division: Calder 76 Res v AFC Crossleys Res, Shelf FC Res v Thornton CC, Sowerby United Res v Greetland Res, St Columbas Res v Sowerby Bridge Res.