Ryburn bank on points in the bag

With just five games left to play, Haslem-Sheppard Halifax & District AFL Premier Division leaders Ryburn United have a six point lead over second placed Warley Rangers.

Wins in their last two outings followed two defeats for the leaders and they may well have steadied the ship at just the right time.

Points in the bag is to Ryburn’s advantage although Warley Rangers, Stump Cross and Elland United could overhaul them by winning their games in hand.

Tomorrow Ryburn travel to Shelf United who have suffered with injuries over the last two weeks.

That has resulted in two heavy defeats for Mick Uttley’s men, but if they can get a clean bill of health they could test the leaders.

Billy Grogan returns to Shelf but this time he will be wearing a Ryburn United shirt and keen to put one over his former club.

Warley Rangers host Stainland United hoping to improve on a recent run that has seen them beaten twice in the last seven outings.

To keep their title hopes alive the possible distraction of a Challenge Cup semi final the week after must be put out of their minds.

Greetland AFC are third but their hopes of becoming champions have all but vanished. They could find it tough against the improving Calder 76.

Elland United are the team in form with just one defeat in the last 12 league and cup games. Paul Bradbury takes his charges to Sowerby United, whom they have beaten in league and cup this year and will expect the good run to continue.

First division leaders Midgley United dropped their first league points since early September when they were held to a 2-2 draw by Sowerby Bridge last week.

They still remain unbeaten however with just six games left to play.

Next up for the leaders is a trip to fourth placed Salem where they should extend their proud record.

Copley United are the big threat to Midgley but may have to rely on somebody taking points off the leaders to help their cause. Copley should keep up the pressure by winning against Mixenden United.

The mid-table clash at West Vale, where Halifax Irish Centre host Northowram, could be a close affair.

Volunteer Arms have improved of late and look likely to be too strong for their hosts Hebden Royd Red Star Reserves.

Early season strugglers Ryburn United Reserves and Denholme United meet at Kebroyd. Both are showing improved form and it could be close.

second division leaders Elland Allstars are without a game which gives second placed Sowerby Bridge Reserves the chance to take over at the top if they can beat Warley Rangers Reserves.

Title favourites Wadsworth United take on Sowerby United Reserves and should win despite Sowerby’s fine show against Sowerby Bridge last week.

Greetland Reserves may be too good for hosts Elland United Reserves.

In the third division, the leaders AFC Crossleys complete their season with a trip to Volunteer Arms Res and a win would see them crowned champions.

Calder 76 Reserves take on second placed Midgley United Reserves who need to win this to keep promotion hopes alive.