Woodlands target place in Yorks Champions final

Hartshead v Spen Vic Bradford League sat 13th july 2013'Joel Pollard of Spen
Hartshead v Spen Vic Bradford League sat 13th july 2013'Joel Pollard of Spen
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Woodlands will be aiming to reach the Black Sheep Yorkshire Champions final on Sunday when they travel to Woodhouse Grange.

The Bradford League winners have not appeared in the Yorkshire Champions Trophy final for three years but Woodlands will be aiming to halt than run by defeating Woodhouse in Sunday’s mouthwatering semi.

Woodlands won back to back Champions Trophy’s in 2006 and 2007 and were defeated by York in 2009 but they signalled their intentions of regaining the crown by beating holders Whitley Hall in the last round.

York Senior League champions Woodhouse Grange overcame Treeton in the last round, so it’s geared up for a cracking semi on Sunday, with the winners to face Huddersfield champions Hoylandswaine in the final.

Woodlands are still very much in the hunt to retain their Bradford League Division One title after returning to winning ways against Saltaire last week.

Pieter Swanepoel’s men trail Cleckheaton by 13 points and they face a crunch clash at home to Pudsey Congs tomorrow.

Cleckheaton will aim to keep their winning run going against a Hanging Heaton side who knocked them out of the Priestley Cup earlier in the season.

The Bennett Lane side have gone on to reach both the Priestley and Heavy Woollen Cup finals and are sure to provide a stern test to John Wood’s league leaders.

East Bierley, seventh in Division One, have a mid-table clash against Lightcliffe.

Spen Victoria suffered a derby defeat to Hartshead Moor last week but remain second in Division Two.

Spen travel to Yeadon, who have moved into third spot, tomorrow, while Hartshead will be aiming to put a spoke into the wheels of another promotion hopeful, New Farnley, and Gomersal will look to rack up the runs against lowly Idle.