Silkstone leading Ryburn’s charge

Ryburn United are setting a strong early pace in this season’s Premier Division title race.

The undefeated Ripponden Wood based side have won four of their opening five games and are looking the side to beat.

Ten goal Chris Silkstone and strike partner Billy Grogan are making a big impact and giving Ryburn a sharp cutting edge in the goals department.

All round Ryburn are looking stronger this season and will take some beating and tomorrow they host champions Hebden Royd Red Star, who so far are struggling with defeats in all their four games so far.

Rob Day is a stand out figure, chipping in with goals as well as producing some fine performances. This, however, has not been enough to halt Red Star’s poor start which looks likely to continue tomorrow.

Greetland are four points adrift of Ryburn having played a game fewer. Greetland, with Mark Hindle still proving a deadly finisher, host Sowerby United.

If Greetland are going to be title challengers they should take maximum points.

AFC Crossleys have made a great start to their first season in the top flight and are undefeated after three games.

Conrad Woodhouse’s men host Holmfield and whilst it could be tough the form of Gareth Gaukroger and Danny Kirman suggests Crossleys can continue their fine start.

Sowerby Bridge have the perfect record after four outings in the first division.

This has seen them take a two point lead at the top over nearest challengers Midgley United.

Next up for the Bridge is a visit from a Salem, who crashed out of the Challenge Cup last week with a heavy defeat to Midgley. That points to another win for the leaders.

Midgley are on the road with a short trip to Hebden Royd Red Star Reserves, where they should not face too many problems.

Copley United seem to be finding the form that gained them promotion last season and if they can take three points from a difficult game at Mixenden United they would be the in the ‘mix’ in the promotion race.

The only game in the second division has Halifax Athletic hosting Greetland AFC Reserves. Athletic are unbeaten after three games but may find it hard to remain so against a strong looking Greetland side.

Third division leaders AFC Crossleys Reserves travel to Midgley United where they may find it far from easy to keep their 100 per cent record intact.

Spring Hall Celtic are enjoying a good start to their first season in the AFL and could be winning for the fourth time when they visit Elland Allstars Reserves.

Two second round games take place in the Invtation Cup.

Calder 76 Reserves visiting Salem Reserves. Both sides have made disappointing starts to their league campaign but will be hoping to improve things in this clash.

Sowerby United Reserves host near neighbours Sowerby Bridge Reserves and may find it tough going despite home advantage.

In the solitary Halifax FA Albert Crabtree Cup game, top flight Calder 76 should be too strong for Volunteer Arms.