Pivotal matches in Premier title race

Heckmondwike and Carlinghow bowlers Dave Pickett celebrates claiming a wicket against Sandal in the Bradford League Conference last Saturday.
Heckmondwike and Carlinghow bowlers Dave Pickett celebrates claiming a wicket against Sandal in the Bradford League Conference last Saturday.
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IT PROMISES to be a pivotal weekend in the All Rounder Bradford Premier League as the top four sides meet each other.

Woodlands are just outside the leading quartet of teams, only seven points behind second placed Pudsey St Lawrence, and they could climb into the top three come Saturday night if they overcome bottom side Batley at Albert Terrace.

Batley received a boost with their first win of the season against New Farnley last week but Woodlands know there is incentive for them to maintain the pressure on the leading contenders.

Champions Pudsey St Lawrence travel to unbeaten leaders Hanging Heaton, while third placed Farsley host fourth in the table Townville in another cracker.

Cleckheaton need points to stay clear of the relegation zone when they travel to Lightcliffe, while East Bierley face a trip to Bradford and Bingley seeking a third win of the season.

Scholes face their toughest test of the season when they entertain Methley on Saturday.

Scholes have won all nine Championship One games this season and are already 32 points clear of third placed Methley.

James Stansfield’s side know victory against one of their main promotion rivals would see them take another huge step in their bid for a top flight return.

Spen Victoria, Liversedge and Hartshead Moor will be bidding to reach the Jack Hampshire Cup quarter-finals on Sunday.

Hartshead are involved in the tie of the round as they meet Northowram Fields in a clash of Championship Two’s top sides.

Moor go in search of a tenth straight win in Championship Two on Saturday when they host Buttershaw St Paul’s and neighbours Spen Victoria can do them a favour when they meet Northowram.

Liversedge face two trips to Altofts over the weekend when the sides meet in Championship Two on Saturday followed by a Jack Hampshire tie 24 hours later.

Spen Victoria follow up Saturday’s clash against Northowram Fields with a home cup tie against Wakefield St Michael’s.

Heckmondwike and Carlinghow seek to end a recent dip in form when they entertain Oulton, who are just one place above them in the Conference standings.