Title bid may hinge on vital game with rivals

WOODHOUSE United now find themselves with a crucial game on Sunday against their closest rivals in a bid for the Division Two title.

They could do little to stop their third-placed opponents from grabbing the points in what turned out to be “a game of two halves.”

Woodhouse still top the division, but Saturday’s opponents, Asia, lie in second place, three points behind, but with a game in hand.

At least they will have home advantage, but manager Simon Randles knows how crucial the match has now become.

“We’ve really got to win this, otherwise we will have rely on other results. It’s a crunch game,” he said.

Woodhouse did start brightly against Boundary Park and dominated much of the first half.

They scored after only six minutes with Josh Thompson heading in a Mark Walters corner. But they could not add to it before the break.

The second half though was a different matter as they found themselves under the cosh for most of it and conceded two somewhat scrappy goals.

l THERE was plenty to celebrate though in Division Three for Todmorden’s other Sunday League club Royal George.

It was all down to players named Sutcliffe that they gained a 5 - 3 victory over Healy Rangers.

There were two goals for Jonny Sutcliffe and two more for Jackson Sutcliffe, while the fifth was added for Royal George by K.Sutcliffe.