Hartshead Moor on course for double

Cleckheaton captain John Wood in action during last Saturdays Bradford Premier League clash against Batley. Picture: Paul Butterfield
Cleckheaton captain John Wood in action during last Saturdays Bradford Premier League clash against Batley. Picture: Paul Butterfield

HARTSHEAD MOOR can take another huge step towards their quest for a Bradford League and cup double this weekend in two key fixtures.

Hartshead’s incredible run of 13 wins from their opening 14 fixtures has seen them open up a 74 point lead on nearest challengers Liversedge at the top of Championship Two.

With a maximum 160 points to play for in the remaining eight games, Hartshead could quite easily have the league title sewn up by mid-August.

Next in line on Moor’s romp to Championship One is a home game against Keighley on Saturday.

While promotion was the main aim having strengthened at the start of the season, Hartshead have the added bonus of a Jack Hampshire Cup semi-final at home against Hunslet Nelson to look forward to on Sunday.

Moor will go into that tie brimming with confidence having dismissed Nelson for just 40 in last week’s league encounter, which saw former Yorkshire bowler Iain Wardlaw claim 7-22.

Victory for Hartshead would keep their double hopes alive and set up a cup final clash against Altofts or Wakefield St Michael’s at Pudsey Congs on Sunday, August 13.

With the top two teams to be promoted, Liversedge have emerged as the latest to challenge for second place with last week’s win over Buttershaw St Paul’s helping the Roberttown Lane men move eight points clear of Nelson.

Liversedge face another key game on Saturday when they host fourth placed Northowram Fields, who themselves are just 10 points off second.

Spen Victoria boosted their hopes of finishing outside the bottom two when they overcame Hopton Mills last week and they travel to Buttershaw St Paul’s looking to build on their third win of the season.

Scholes remain embroiled in a three-way tussle for the Championship One title.

James Stansfield’s men are level at the top, on 245 points, with rivals Wrenthorpe and just five ahead of Methley.

Scholes entertain mid-table Baildon on Saturday, when Wrenthorpe visit fifth placed Morley and Methley host a Birstall side who have won their last two games to boost their survival hopes.

Gomersal lie seventh in the table and welcome Yeadon to Oxford Road with both sides evenly matched and separated by just a point in the league standings.