East Bierley face battle to preserve top flight status

Andrew Deegan claimed 5-20 in Cleckheaton's Priestley Cup semi-final win over Undercliffe last Sunday.
Andrew Deegan claimed 5-20 in Cleckheaton's Priestley Cup semi-final win over Undercliffe last Sunday.
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East Bierley are facing a scrap to stay in JCT600 Bradford League Division One having dropped into the relegation zone last week.

Bierley lie second-bottom but are just three points behind Morley ahead of a crucial round of matches tomorrow.

Bierley welcome Farsley to South View Road aiming to reproduce the kind of battling performance that saw them push Pudsey St Lawrence agonisingly close in the Priestley Cup semi-final last Sunday.

Bierley will no doubt have a keen interest in the game at Woodlands, who welcome Morley to Oakenshaw looking to get their title challenge back on track following last week’s defeat at Hanging Heaton.

The showdown between Morley and Bierley at Scatcherd on August 16 is already looking like a key contest in the scrap for survival as Gavin Hamilton’s men aim to haul themselves away from danger.

Cleckheaton remain in the box seat to retain the league title as they are 24 points clear of Woodlands despite also losing last Saturday.

John Wood’s side showed their trophy winning credentials by bouncing straight back with a comprehensive Priestley Cup victory over Undercliffe on Sunday.

Cleckheaton have their eye on a treble trophy haul as they now meet Pudsey St Lawrence in the Priestley final at Undercliffe on August 24, while their Black Sheep Yorkshire Champions Trophy semi-final at home to York will now take place on August 10.

Andrew Deegan showed Cleckheaton’s strength in depth when he claimed 5-20 in the cup win over second division leaders Undercliffe.

Hartshead Moor face a tough trip to Division Two promotion contenders Keighley tomorrow, while Spen Victoria, who have slipped into the bottom two, travel to Bankfoot and Gomersal host Windhill.