Title-chasers face Pudsey rivals in crunch clashes

Cleckheaton v Undercliffe  d23071183'Iain Wardlaw.
Cleckheaton v Undercliffe d23071183'Iain Wardlaw.

TITLE chasing duo Woodlands and Cleckheaton face key games in Bradford League Division One tomorrow as they come up against the two Pudsey clubs (start 1.30pm).

Woodlands lead the table by 17 points from John Wood’s men ahead of a crucial round of games which see Cleckheaton travel to third placed Pudsey Congs, while Woodlands welcome Priestley Cup finalists Pudsey St Lawrence to Oakenshaw.

Congs themselves can not be ruled out of the title race and victory tomorrow would see them move second but the Moorenders will take encouragement as Whitley Hall dumped them out of the Black Sheep Yorkshire Champions Trophy last Sunday.

East Bierley are fourth, 15 points further behind Congs and 47 adrift of Woodlands.

While it may be too much ground for Bierley to make up, they will be looking to pile the pressure on should the leaders slip up and they travel to Farsley tomorrow.

Gomersal may have one eye on Sunday’s Heavy Woollen Cup final but they seek a confidence boosting win at home to Undercliffe.

Gomersal are 39 points adrift of safety and must pick up their league form quickly if they are to avoid relegation.

Hartshead Moor will move into the top five in Division Two tomorrow if they win at home to Bowling Old Lane, the side just above them in the table, while Spen Victoria will eye a rare victory when they travel to Bankfoot.

Liversedge and Scholes face crucial games in their quest to win promotion from their respective Central Yorkshire League divisions.

Liversedge lie third in Division One, two points behind Carlton and five off leaders Moorlands, as they welcome fourth placed Batley to Roberttown Lane (start 1pm).

Batley are one of the form sides in the division and, like Liversedge, have a game in hand on the top two.

Scholes are 11 points clear at the top of Division Two and will be looking to take a huge step towards winning the title and making a quick return to the first division when they welcome second placed Wrenthorpe A to New Popplewell Lane for what will be another important contest.