Calder in good heart for a trip to face the title favourites

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Calder ‘76 will take a “no fear” approach into Saturday’s game against Halifax AFL title favourites Stump Cross.

Rob Kenworthy’s side had one of their best wins of the season last Saturday with a 3-1 success at home to Greetland.

That enabled them to recoup the three points they had lost earlier in the week for playing Gav Martin in the win over Ryburn, when he should have been suspended.

“We played very well. We looked a bit sharper and we had our confidence back after the win (over Sowerby) the previous week.”

Kenworthy said the players had a feeling of injustice over the Martin business and had used that as motivation against Greetland.

He said notification of Martin’s one-game ban had not arrived due to the Christmas post and had also not appeared on the league website.

They had left out Martin for game at Northowram on January 10, which had resulted in a 4-3 defeat.

“We certainly did not try to cheat but we expected a bit of help. However, the league are spot on if you look in the handbook,” said Kenworthy.

Calder will put the points deduction behind them and Saturday’s showing gives them heart for a trip to Shroggs Park to play a side which has won nine out of 10 in the Premier.

“We are looking forward to it,” he said. “We don’t fear anyone - it will just depend on our attitude on the day. It’s a nice pitch, similar to ours, so there will be no excuses”

Kenworthy could have a full squad to choose from with Sam Taylor and Kieron Sim likely to be available again.

He is hoping Karl Wooliscroft (groin) and James Redmond (knee) will recover from knocks collected against Greetland.

Midgley go to lowly Sowerby United bolstered by a solid 3-1 win at last season’s Division One champions Northowram last Saturday.

They were aided by a determined defensive display facing the slope in the first half and boss Craig Gee said: “It was a good performance. This is not an easy place to come to.”

Tom Booth, who tweaked an ankle scoring the third, is suspended for Saturday but George Bamford and Calum Rodgers should be back. Midfield anchor man Andrew Butterworth picked up a foot injury at Northowram.

Premier Division: Ryburn United v Copley Utd, Shelf Utd v Elland Utd, Sowerby Utd v Midgley Utd (S.Hoyle), Stump Cross v Calder 76 (J.Hallos), Warley Rangers v Greetland.

Division One: Elland Allstars v Salem, Greetland Res v Holmfield, Midgley Res v Ryburn Res (P.Bowe), Mixenden Utd v Calder 76 Res (P.Crabtree), Stainland Utd v Hx Irish Centre, Volunteer Arms v Sowerby Bridge.

Division Two: Crossleys Res v Shelf FC, Brighouse Sports v Shelf Utd Res, Denholme Utd Res v St Columbas, Salem Res v Sowerby Utd Res, Sowerby Bridge Res v Northowram Res, West Central v Hebden RRS Res (E.Owens).

Challenge Cup, third round: Northowram v Denholme United. Halifax FA Cup, semi-final: Ovenden WR v Illingworth SM (W.Cotton).