Midgley keen to cut out errors away to title chasers

Heads up: Sam Taylor ( left) and Remi Allen (right) in Royd Club's win over North Bridge last Sunday. The pair play for Calder on a Saturday and could face Copley in the Halifax AFL tomorrow
Heads up: Sam Taylor ( left) and Remi Allen (right) in Royd Club's win over North Bridge last Sunday. The pair play for Calder on a Saturday and could face Copley in the Halifax AFL tomorrow

Midgley United boss Craig Gee is urging his men to brush up their act ahead of a key match in the Halifax AFL title race.

Midgley’s penultimate league game of the season is away to Stump Cross on Saturday and although Gee’s men are out of contention for the silverware, Stump are very much in the hunt.

Tony Kniveton’s hosts look likely to have to win up, which might make them champions on goal difference from current leaders Ryburn United.

Midgley are building towards Shay cup finals for their first and second teams and will be keen to bounce back from a 2-1 derby defeat to Calder ‘76 last week.

Midgley led through a Rob Stansfield header but a brace from Ricky Topham gave Calder the spoils.

“There was nothing between the teams but we made two mistakes and you can’t do that at this level,” said Gee.,

“We need to stop doing that pretty quickly.”

Midgley play Shelf on Saturday week and their Challenge Cup final opponents on May 15 were decided last weekend when Warley Rangers beat Northowram 2-1 at Midgley’s ground.

“Warley have done us twice this year so we are definitely underdogs, which should suit us,” added Gee.

Victory over Stump is the first target, however, with the Shroggs Park side 2-1 winners of this season’s first meeting.

In-form Calder ‘76 host Copley United, who will want to end their season with a win. Copley are sure to finish third from bottom and if Calder can keep prolific scorer Gary Ash in check they should win.

Two sides that have had a good season so far meet at Hebden Royd Red Star where Northowram are the visitors.

In Division One, Midgley United Reserves face a tough game at home to title contenders Mixenden United.

Calder ‘76 Reserves travel to play Halifax Irish Centre in Division One. Irish are fighting hard to avoid the drop.

Hebden Royd Red Star Reserves face a tricky trip to play Shelf FC in Division Two.

Shelf were 6-2 winners at Sowerby Bridge Reserves on Monday.

Tomorrow - Premier: Calder 76 v Copley Utd (ref S.Hoyle), Elland Utd v Warley Rangers (P.Higgins), Hebden Royd RS v Northowram (P.Crabtree), Ryburn Utd v Shelf Utd (R.Varley), Stump Cross v Midgley Utd (M.Beard).

Division One: Greetland AFC Res v AFC Crossleys (C.King), Elland Allstars v Holmfield AFC (D.Cartwright), Hx Irish Centre v Calder 76 Res (P.Bowe), Midgley Utd Res v Mixenden Utd (I.Childs), Volunteer Arms v Denholme Utd (D.Sutcliffe).

Division Two: AFC Crossleys Res v Salem Res (R.Gatenby), Brighouse Sports v Illingworth SM (J.Hallos), Denholme Utd Res v Sowerby Utd Res (B.Payton).Northowram Res v St Columbas (N.Hinson), Shelf FC v Hebden Royd Red Star Res (M.Redmile).

Monday - Premier: Warley Rangers v Shelf United (R.Walker).Division One: Ryburn Res v AFC Crossleys (N.Hinson), Sowerby Bridge v Denholme Utd (C.King).

Wednesday - Premier: Calder 76 v Shelf United (C.Salmons), Warley Rangers v Northowram (P.Bowe). Division One: Ryburn Res v Holmfield (S.Hoyle), Sowerby Bridge v Mixenden Utd (S.Adams). Division Two: AFC Crossleys Res v Illingworth St Marys (S.Dennis), Denholme Utd Res v St Columbas (H.Naylor).