Hartshead target promotion

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HARTSHEAD Moor are a club on the up and they are planning to mount a sustained promotion challenge in Bradford League Division Two.

For several years the Highmoor Lane club struggled at the wrong end of the table and were even forced to apply for re-election to the league on a couple of occasions.

But instead of signing expensive imports to try and solve the problems, the hard working committee opted to spend money on their ground.

They now boast once of the most improved venues in local cricket and have been rewarded with the offer to stage next season’s Priestley Shield final.

Hartshead are also reaping the rewards on the field, under the leadership of captain Simon North, and last weekend’s 31 point haul from games against Idle and Gomersal elevated them into fourth place in the division.

The important games come thick and fast for Hartshead, who play the second of three double league weekends.

Moor make the trip to Keighley tomorrow before travelling to one of their promotion rivals Great Horton on Sunday.

Moor are just six points behind second-placed Baildon and know two more wins will pile the pressure on the sides directly above them.

The second division is extremely tight as the season approaches halfway and although Gomersal are back in eighth placed, they are just 20 points off Baildon and could still mount their own challenge for the top-two.

Gomersal will be hoping to cash in when they face sides in the lower reaches of the division as they travel to Bankfoot tomorrow before hosting Idle.

Spen Victoria, in ninth, host Great Horton tomorrow and sit out Sunday’s round of matches.

Clash of the day in Division One is at Oakenshaw, where Cleckheaton aim to become the first side to defeat leaders Woodlands in the league this season.

East Bierley, in third, 29 points behind Woodlands, entertain Pudsey Congs.