Hollins are ready to defend their ‘fortress’ from champs’ cup raid

Rob Day , pictured playing for Hebden Royd Red Star against Greetland, must sit out the Sunday action for at least another week

Rob Day , pictured playing for Hebden Royd Red Star against Greetland, must sit out the Sunday action for at least another week

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Hollins Holme are due to host Carrington this weekend in the first of three big clashes between two of the Halifax Sunday League’s leading lights.

The pair meet at Calder Holmes in the quarter-finals of the Senior Cup and two of Hollins’ remaining eight league games are also against Carrington.

Hollins boss Joel Booth is keen for his side to make a winning return after more than a month of kicking their heels.

His men will also be looking to make amends for their exit in the Halifax FA Sunday Cup, a competition they won last season.

Booth said: “We lost to Ryburn United in the district cup and the lads will want to put that right and beat the champions.”

Booth is pleased that his promoted side have no relegation worries at this stage of the season and can have a shot at some silverware.

“We are staying up - that is for sure,” he added.

Booth doesn’t believe fitness will be an issue because some of his players train with their Saturday sides.

Hollins leading scorer Rob Day will not be involved on Saturday, however.

Booth explained: “He was sent off in a game in mid-November, got a three-week ban and still has one game left to serve.”

Carrington could be the team to beat again this season but Booth said: “We’ll take on anyone at home.

“We treat it as our little fortress and we don’t lose very often at home.”

Royd Club have played once this year, in a 9-2 defeat away to Ryburn United on January 14.

The fifth-placed side are due to travel to Natty Lane, Illingworth to face leaders Mount Tabor in Division One on Sunday.

Two games did beat the weather last Sunday. Ryburn Valley won 2-0 away to North Bridge in Division One and Brown Cow enhanced their title prospects in Division Two with an 8-1 home win against Halifax Rangers.

Walsden C & FC, fourth in the Premier Division of the Rochdale Online Alliance, host two of the teams above them on the next two Saturdays.

They face Fothergill and Whittles, who lead them on goal difference from one game fewer, this weekend and then second-placed White Lion the following Saturday.

Boss Dan Howley and his players will be hoping conditions are better than five days ago when all the league’s games were postponed.