Midgley bid to storm Homfield’s fortress

Holmfield are the next side to try to put the brakes on Midgley United’s title drive in the Haslem-Sheppard Halifax AFL.

The pair met two weeks ago at Midgley and the hosts won 2-0. That was a brave show from Holmfield who were very much in the game upto the final few minutes.

Holmfield won at Warley last week and will hope that with home advantage they can shock the leaders.

Holmfield are the only side other than the leaders yet to lose on home soil and if Paddy Fitzgibbon’s men can extend that run tomorrow then the title race may not be over.

Second placed Stump Cross are without a game which gives Ryburn United the chance to close the gap on them. Ryburn, who have failed to win in three, host Calder 76.

Champions Elland United have won their last two. Paul Bradbury’s side host Warley Rangers, who have managed just one win from six outings.

Shelf United have hit form and although still bottom look to have real hope of avoiding the drop. They take on Sowerby United and a win would see them climb the table.

Hebden Royd Red Star have a one point advantage over Sowerby Bridge at the top of the first division. A trip to West Vale to playHalifax Irish Centre could be a tough game for Red Star against a side that lost by the odd goal in nine to Sowerby Bridge last week.

Sowerby Bridge host an Elland Allstars side that lost heavily at Northowram last week and could face a torrid time again.

Northowram have climbed to third following three consecutive wins. Promotion may be out of reach but if they continue their current form they could put some pressure on the top two. Denholme United visit the ‘Rams’ and will give them a real test.

Volunteer Arms have been inconsistent of late but should come out on top against Stainland United.

Salem host Wadsworth United, who have an outside chance of promotion but need to win this clash to remain so.

Second division leaders Sowerby Bridge Reserves are on cup duty which gives second placed Warley Rangers Reserves the chance to reduce their lead to just four points.

Warley should not have too many problems doing just that when they take on Halifax Irish Centre Reserves.

Hebden Royd Red Star Reserves can keep their title hopes alive by winning against AFC Crossleys.

Shelf United Reserves have dropped some precious points in the past few weeks but will be expected to win at Sowerby United Reserves.

Elland United Reserves travel to Midgley United Reserves and could face a difficult game.

Greetland Reserves have shown good form in the last two weeks and look likely winners against Halifax Athletic.

Calder ‘76 Reserves are top in the third division but Shelf FC, Denholme United Reserves and Savile Arms are all making a strong challenge.

Calder take on Elland Allstars Reserves and cannot afford to drop points. Shelf FC are without a game but Denholme United Reserves have a good home opportunity against Volunteer Arms Reserves.

Savile Arms could extend their unbeaten run to nine against West Central FC.

Spring Hall Celtic have a big backlog of games. If they win most of them they could at least be promotion hopefuls. Brighouse Sports visit tomorrow.

The first of the season’s semi finals takes place tomorrow when Division One Ryburn United Reserves take on the division lower Sowerby Bridge Reserves in the invitation Cup. Bridge won the competition last season whilst Ryburn were the winners the season before.