Pair close in on Calder

Ryburn United v Midgley United. Brad Waddington for Ryburn and Callum Rodgers for Midgley.
Ryburn United v Midgley United. Brad Waddington for Ryburn and Callum Rodgers for Midgley.

Long-time leaders Calder ‘76 have company at the top of the Haslem-Sheppard Halifax AFL.

Chasing pair Mixenden United and Ryburn United both won last night and are now four and six points respectively behind the title favourites.

Mixenden extended their tremendous finish to the season with a 3-2 win away to useful Warley Rangers in their final match.

However, the scrap for honours is between Calder and Ryburn, who meet at Ripponden next Wednesday.

Ryburn kept their hopes alive with a 5-0 home win over Copley United last night with the help of two goals from Bradley Waddington.

If they win their last three games they could pip Calder on goal difference.

Brighouse Sports beat Elland United 3-1 in their quest to finish runners-up to Division One champions Illingworth St Mary’s, who also won last night.

Premier Division: Holmfield 3 (L.Oldridge J.Pettifor J.Kennedy) Greetland 4 (D.Dorward 2 C.Cliffe J.Highley), Ryburn United 5 (B.Waddington 2 C.Silkstone A.Barlow O.Brierley) Copley United 0, Warley Rangers 2 (R.Brady M.Chapman) Mixenden United 3 (A.Gaze C.Woodhouse T.Allinson).

Division One: AFC Crossleys 3 (A.Holms C.Gladwin M.Clark) Midgley United Res 6 (J.Manning 3 M.Thompson J.Crossfield N.Cleary), Brighouse Sports 3 Elland United 1, Denholme United 3 (R.Wear M.Waring D.Moralee) Sowerby Bridge 1 (K.Patterson), Elland Allstars 1 (W.Chappell) Illingworth St Marys 7 (G.Gaukroger 2 J.Booth 2 R.Langley S.Hamilton P.Livesey), Sowerby United 5 (D.Boyd H.Walsh C.Henderson A.Healey L.Barber) Calder 76 Res 0.