Football: Midgley firing on all cylinders and hot on top two’s heels

Midgley manager Craig Gee.
Midgley manager Craig Gee.

Midgley United are on the heels of the top two in the Haslem-Sheppard Halifax & District AFL, with Craig Gee’s men hosting Copley United, who ended Mixenden United’s unbeaten run last week.

Ryburn United, meanwhile, will be looking to cut Calder 76’s Premier lerad to three points with a win a fourth-placed Shelf United.

Ryburn will still have played a game less than the leaders, who are in cup action, after the game and a win would boost their title hopes.

They were impressive in last weeks 4-0 win over Northowram.

But Shelf won’t be easy to beat having lost just once in their six league outings.

Hebden Royd Red Star and Northowram have both slipped nearer to the drop zone.

And that has put even more importance on to their meeting at White Lee Rec.

The bottom two meet at Greetland where second from bottom Holmfield are the visitors.

First Division leaders Brighouse Sports travel to take on Salem.

Third-placed Illingworth St Marys hold a 100 per cent record and are favourites for the title.

With 39 goals scored in just five games that could spell trouble for visitors AFC Crossleys.

Elland United have been beaten only once in their last five league outings to keep them in touch with the leading pack.

Elland host Denholme United and a win would keep their promotion drive on course.

The top-two clash in the Second Division takes place when leaders St Columbas host Illingworth St Marys Reserves.

Columbas have won eight of their nine games so far whilst Illingworth have not yet been beaten in the league series.

Greetland Reserves will be hoping to record an early-season double over Sowerby United Reserves.

Shelf FC are the only other unbeaten side in the division but may have to be at their best against Hebden Royd Red Star Reserves.

In the quarter-finals of the Ziggy’s Metro Cars Invitation Cup, holders Midgley United Reserves travel to AFC Crossleys Reserves.

Last season’s beaten finalists Ryburn United Reserves are on home soil for the tie with Sowerby Bridge Reserves.

Currenr form suggests Northowram Reserves can come out on top against Salem Reserves.

Fixtures

Premier Division: Greetland AFC v Holmfield AFC, Hebden Royd Red Star v Northowram, Midgley United v Copley United, Shelf United v Ryburn United.

Division One: Elland United v Denholme United, Illingworth St Marys v AFC Crossleys, Salem v Brighouse Sports AFC.

Division Two: Shelf FC v Hebden Royd Red Star Res, Sowerby United Res v Greetland AFC Res, St Columbas v Illingworth St Marys Res.

Ziggy’s Metro Cars Invitation Cup, second round: AFC Crossleys Res v Midgley United Res, Northowram Res v Salem Res, Ryburn United Res v Sowerby Bridge Res.

WRCFA Challenge Cup, second round: Halifax Irish Centre v Calder 76, Warley Rangers v Oxenhope Recreation

WRCFA Challenge Trophy: Denholme United Res v Brook Motors

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In The Ziggys Metro Cars Halifax Sunday League, Division One side Barge FC lost ground against Feathers FC at the top of the standings after they were held by former long-standing Brighouse Sunday League stalwarts Triangle.

Matthew Bagshaw’s side shared six goals against their bottom-half opponents to drop points again having started the season so emphatically.

In Division Two, Top Club Reserves were disappointed to come away with a 3-0 defeat against St Columbas on Savile Park, their opponents on the day now opening a five point gap above them in the league standings.

Saints’ Jordan Winter took the plaudits with a brace, the first a superb floated shot over the keeper from the edge of the area before the break.

The back four stood firm and centre-backs Arron Ashworth and Tom McAndrew were particularly impressive in the face of some concerted Top Club pressure at the start of the second half.

Winter grabbed his second before sub Tom Howse pounced on a keeper’s mistake to slot home from close range and give Saints three well deserved points.