Cleckheaton seek to avenge derby defeat

Woodlands second team captain Cieran Garner lifts the Priestley Shield following victory over Hanging Heaton.
Woodlands second team captain Cieran Garner lifts the Priestley Shield following victory over Hanging Heaton.

Cleckheaton will bid to avenge their derby defeat to Scholes earlier in the season when the sides meet at New Popplewell Lane on Saturday.

Scholes are 36 points adrift at the foot of the All Rounder Bradford League Premier Division table and a further eight off safety having only won three games all season.

However, one of those successes came at Moorend back in May and John Wood’s men will be out to avoid a second loss to their neighbours.

Victory for Cleckheaton would mean they can also go into their remaining four matches of the season without fear of getting dragged into the relegation dog fight.

Just 18 points separate second-bottom Scholes from eighth place East Bierley and four clubs look set to battle it out to avoid the second relegation spot.

Bierley’s nine-wicket win over Scholes last week has given them breathing space but they face a tough trip to league leaders Hanging Heaton on Saturday.

Among the interesting on-lookers at last Sunday’s Priestley Shield second team final between Woodlands and Hanging Heaton were Morley opening bowler Nathan Bromby and captain Matt Baxter.

While their colours were nailed to the Woodlands mast for the final, the duo will be spearheading Morley’s bid to pull clear of danger when the club’s first teams meet at Scatcherd Lane on Saturday.

Woodlands Seconds are setting their sights on a league and Priestley Shield double.

Having captured the shield with a thrilling win over Hanging Heaton, Woodlands are three points clear at the top of the Second Teams Premier Division table and they host Morley on Saturday.

Liversedge will bid to climb the Championship table when they travel to Hunslet Nelson, who are one place and five points below them.