Stump frustration continues to mount

Last weekend’s sixth total wipe out of a Haslem-Sheppard Halifax AFL programme this season slowed down Midgley United’s title charge.

However, it was probably more frustrating for their only threats to the title, Stump Cross.

It was a third successive postponement for Tony Kniveton’s side and leaves them with eight league games plus at least one cup match to play in the next five weeks.

Inactivity will not help their preparation for what looks a difficult game against in-form Elland United tomorrow.

Elland have now gone six unbeaten and are showing the sort of form that brought them a league and cup double last season.

The return of Carlton Balmer after suspension has boosted their fire power and he and Mark Kelsey will ensure that Stump will have to be at their best to keep them at bay.

Midgley travel to Ryburn United. Whilst Ryburn have seen their title hopes fade they will still be keen to be the first side to take three points off the runaway leaders this season.

Greetland had their good run ended with defeat at Shelf United in their last outing. That result will have given Copley United hope of collecting vital points tomorrow.

Shelf will hope to follow up that win with another when they host hard-to-beat Warley Rangers.

Sowerby United, without a win in their last six outings, host Calder 76. The visitors are bottom but will have been boosted by reaching the final of the Halifax FA Cup and could pile more woe on their hosts.

Hebden Royd Red Star have a seven point lead over second placed Sowerby Bridge at the top of the first division.

Red Star face a tough looking game at third placed Elland Allstars whilst the Bridge have an easier looking task on home soil against Volunteer Arms.

Wadsworth United still have an outsiders chance of promotion but need to keep winning. It’s Denholme United next for Wadsworth and they should win against a Denholme side that has been out of sorts recently.

Bottom of the table Mixenden United host Halifax Irish Centre knowing defeat would leave them with a mountain to climb to reach safety.

Sowerby Bridge Reserves are hot favourites for the second division title, having opened up a five point lead at the top with just four games left to play.

The Bridge host third placed AFC Crossleys and are likely to prove too strong despite Crossleys’ fine form of late.

Second-placed Warley Rangers Reserves take on Shelf United Reserves and nothing less than a win will do if they are to retain hope of taking the title.

There is a derby clash at White Lee Rec, where Hebden Royd Red Star Reserves host Midgley United Reserves, and it could be the visitors who are the happier after the game.

Halifax Irish Centre Reserves end their season with a meeting with Greetland Reserves.

Any one of four can still win the third division. The top two, Calder 76 Reserves and Shelf FC, wait to play their last games.

Third placed Denholme United Reserves travel to Salem Reserves where their expected win would take them to within two points of the leaders Calder.

Spring Hall Celtic are sixth but have played five games fewer than the top two. They face Volunteer Arms Reserves and could launch a winning run to snatch the title.

Premier Division: Copley United v Greetland AFC (S.Adams), Elland United v Stump Cross (W.Cotton), Ryburn United v Midgley United (A.Thorpe), Shelf United v Warley Rangers (P.Crabtree), Sowerby United v Calder 76 (I.Childs).

Division One: Elland Allstars v Hebden Royd Red Star (R.Varley), Mixenden United v Hx Irish Centre (R.Walker), Volunteer Arms v Sowerby Bridge (S.Dennis), Wadsworth United v Denholme United (M.Beard).

Division Two: Hebden Royd Red Star Res v Midgley United Res (A.Kay), Hx Irish Centre Res v Greetland AFC Res (M.Redmile), Sowerby Bridge Res v AFC Crossleys Res (R.Smith), Warley Rangers Res v Shelf United Res (D.Bartley).

Division Three: Salem Res v Denholme United Res (J.Hallos), Spring Hall Celtic v Volunteer Arms Res (P.Higgins).


Premier Division: Carrington FC v Elland Sports , King Cross Sports v FC Champs, Lee Mount v Sun Inn, Shoulder FC Northowram v Mount Tabor, The Vine v Bowling Green.

Division One: Acton Athletic v Old Pond, Elland Sports Reserves v Thornhill Briggs, Hollins Holme v Bradshaw, Stallions v Oddfellows, Triangle v Queens Head, Waiters Arms v Halifax Hammers.

Division Two: Greetland Goldstars v Rastrick Bowling Club, Hens Face v Ryburn United, Ryburn Valley v The Vine Reserves, Stubbing Wharf v King Cross Park, Top Club v King Cross Sports FC Reserves.