Sowerby return to top flight

Football - Brighouse Sports v Sowerby Bridge. Sam Durkin for Brighouse Sports and Joe Casey for Sowerby Bridge.
Football - Brighouse Sports v Sowerby Bridge. Sam Durkin for Brighouse Sports and Joe Casey for Sowerby Bridge.

Sowerby United are on their way back to the Premier Division of the Haslem-Sheppard Halifax AFL after a season out.

After looking to have blow their promotion chance recently, defeats for Brighouse Sports and Denholme United in the last couple of days means they have finished a distant second to Illingworth St Mary’s in Division One.

Denholme, whose hectic end-of-season schedule will be completed by two more games this week, lost 10-0 away to Illingworth on Friday.

John Booth scored four as Saints completed their 24-game programme without dropping a point, having scored 181 goals in the process.

Brighouse could only manage a 1-1 draw away to Calder ‘76 Reserves last Monday and then lost 3-1 at home to Sowerby Bridge in their last match on Saturday.

Garry West’s side were 2-0 down at half time at Lane Head and although they pulled a goal back, their good spell petered out and Bridge got a clincher.

Calder ‘76, who had sewn up their first Premier Division title in midweek, lost 3-2 at Greetland in their finale.

However, their reserves have beaten the drop from Division One after playing back-to-back games against Elland United on Saturday.

Sides are not allowed to play one match for double the points so they played two 30 minutes each way encounters at Calder’s ground.

James Redmond got the only goal of the first meeting for Calder but Elland won the second game 4-1.

The three points took Calder Reserves clear of second-from-bottom rivals Midgley United Reserves with two games still to play, on Monday and Wednesday.

Results, Premier Division: Greetland AFC 3 (T.Wall 2 G.Wall) Calder 76 2 (R.Allen 2), Hebden Royd Red Star 0 Ryburn United 2 (M.Peacock R.Uttley), Midgley United v Warley Rangers P (Warley could not raise a team), Shelf United 7 (P.Andrews O.Coates 2 A.O’Shea B.Grogan) Holmfield AFC 0.

Division One: Brighouse Sports AFC 1 Sowerby Bridge 3, Calder 76 Res 1 (J.Redmond) Elland United 0, Elland United 4 (A.Campbell K.Muncaster M.Boon J.Bradbury) Calder 76 Res 1 (N.Dempsey), Ryburn United Res 3 Hx Irish Centre 0.

Division Two: AFC Crossleys Res 3 (A Brunning 3) Northowram Res 7 (M.Calland 3 C.Gent 2 C.Keeling A.Ackroyd), Denholme United Res v Greetland AFC Res P (Denholme could not raise a team), Sowerby Bridge Res 4 (J.Tait 2 C.Tait S.McStraffick) Shelf United Res 7 (A.Stewart 3 M.Helliwell J.Scott R.Broadley J.Norcliffe).

Fixtures, Monday - Division One: Calder 76 Res v Sowerby Bridge. Division Two: Sowerby United Res v Denholme United Res.

Wednesday - Division One: Calder 76 Res v Denholme United.

Friday - Premier Division: Ryburn United v Warley Rangers.

Saturday - Division One: Denholme United v Ryburn United Res.