Ryburn United completed what they hope will be a title-winning Haslem-Sheppard Halifax AFL campaign with a 3-2 win at Greetland last night.
Craig Walker’s side hit the 50-point mark at Goldfields and ended second-placed Sowerby Bridge’s wafer-thin hopes of beating them to the silverware.
However, Ryburn’s bid to repeat their 2013-14 title success looks to be getting reduced support from elsewhere as the season heads towards overtime.
Midgley United, heavily beaten in their two latest outings, were unable to raise a team to face a Shelf FC side who can still overhaul Ryburn.
Shelf are not only likely to be awarded three points for last night’s unplayed fixture but they also got a chance to put their feet up amid a punishing end-of-season schedule.
Shelf FC, currently 16 points behind Ryburn from six games fewer, still have to play Sowerby Bridge and Greetland twice and fourth-placed Shelf United by May 11.
Sowerby Bridge were also due to play last night but bottom side Illingworth St Mary’s were unable to raise a side for their penultimate game and the Saints are now sure to occupy the one relegation berth.
Sowerby United made sure of their safety with a 2-1 win over Shelf United at Ryburn Valley High School, James Clegg and Liam Senior getting their goals with Luke O’Brien replying.
The two games in Division One finished with 3-0 scorelines.
Denholme beat Salem at Shroggs Park with goals from Ben Burkill, Danny Moralee and Matthew Waring and the champions have completed their season with just one blot on their league record - a 4-3 home defeat against Elland Allstars in November.
Brighouse Sports beat a Holmfield side who had two players red carded at Lightcliffe Academy. Chris Allan, Louis Andre and Harry Baxter scored to move Sports up to second and set them up perfectly for Saturday’s promotion showdown against Copley United at Shroggs Park.
Northowram Reserves completed their Division Two campaign on a winning note with a 4-3 win away to Crossley’s Reserves at Mason Green.
Sam Gee and Mark Hayward scored two goals each for the fifth-placed Rams with Sam Cole (two) and Matthew Clark netting for the next-to-bottom hosts.