Gomersal preparing for Roses cup battle

Gomersal's Ben Hyde in action during last week's victory over Bradford League Division Two leaders Morley.
Gomersal's Ben Hyde in action during last week's victory over Bradford League Division Two leaders Morley.
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Gomersal are preparing for a War of the Roses this Sunday as they bid to book a place in the Solly Sports Heavy Woollen Cup quarter-finals.

While many cricketing eyes will focus on tonight’s T20 clash between Yorkshire and Lancashire at a sell out Headingley, Gomersal face their own Roses battle as they host Delph and Dobross in England’s oldest club competition.

Delph ply their trade in the Drakes Huddersfield League but are based in Lancashire and face a trip across the Pennines for what should be a cracking cup contest.

Gomersal reached the Heavy Woollen Cup final in 2011, when they were beaten by Shepley, but you have to go back to 1993 for the last time they housed the famous trophy.

While promotion from Bradford League Division Two may be the main objective for Graham Hilton’s side, they would love to put pay to any chances of the Heavy Woollen Cup falling into Red Rose hands this season.

Gomersal became the first side to inflict defeat on Division Two leaders Morley last week and they lie fifth in the table, 16 points behind second placed Scholes with a game in hand.

Gomersal make the short trip to Hartshead Moor in the league tomorrow, while Scholes are at lowly Windhill.

Spen Victoria have crept into fourth place following last Sunday’s 98-run victory over Idle and they entertain promotion rivals Baildon.

A cracking Bradford League Division One game is in prospect tomorrow when champions Cleckheaton travel to Hanging Heaton looking to build on last week’s thrilling nine-run win over New Farnley.

Second placed Woodlands, who trail leaders Pudsey St Lawrence by 25 points, entertain Undercliffe, while East Bierley host Lightcliffe.