The Calder Valley’s three Halifax AFL top section sides have all been drawn away in the second round of the Halifax FA Albert Crabtree Cup.
Calder ‘76 arguably face the toughest task of the trio away to Ealandians on Saturday, November 15.
Their Elland hosts have started the season well in the Yorkshire Amateur League and Calder will need to be less profligate in front of goal and make fewer defensive errors than last Saturday, when they edged past West Central 4-3.
Hebden Royd Red Star look to have bright prospects of making progress at Sowerby Bridge, judged on last Saturday’s 2-0 home win over Holmfield in the first round.
Bridge were relegated from the Premier with Holmfield last season but it is Holmfield who are looking the more likely to bounce straight back.
Midgley United comfortably overcame Brighouse Sports from two divisions lower by 4-1 last weekend. They facer a sterner test away to Mixenden United, who host Calder in the Challenge Cup this weekend.
Draw: AFC Illingworth St Marys v Stainland United, Brighouse Town v Brighouse OB, Ealandians v Calder 76, Mixenden United v Midgley United, Ovenden WR v Volunteer Arms, Shelf United v Warley Rangers, Sowerby Bridge v Hebden Royd Red Star, Stump Cross v Huddersfield Amateurs. Games on Saturday, November 15 (1.45pm).
Hx FA Eddie Hebblethwaite Sunday Cup, third round: Old Pond v Lee Mount, Ryburn Utd v Hollins Holme, FC Bowling Green v Halifax Hammers, Beehive and Cross Keys v Oddfellows. Games on November 16.
Calder ‘76 face Mixenden this weekend having resisted a late onslaught from West Central five days ago.
Calder initially struggled to adjust to the 3G pitch at Calderdale College and Karl Wooliscroft sliced an attempted clearance into his own net.
However, the visitors soon surged 3-1 up. Steve Jones beat a couple of rivals to set up Jon Gibson and Jones cashed in after a superb pass from Gav Fleming. When the unmarked Gibson headed a long throw from Sam Taylor into the top corner it looked plain sailing.
Gibson completed his hat-trick from close range early in the second half, after the ‘keeper had parried a shot.
West Central cut the deficit with a superb lob after a poor defensive header but hard-working Max Crossley made it 2-5 from the edge of the area.
The hosts scored twice in quick succession entering the final 10 minutes and had chances to force extra time.
Experienced midfielder Simon Stansfield will miss the Mixenden match but James Megson and Ricky Topham could return.
Saturday’s AFL fixtures - Challenge Cup, second round: Brighouse Sports AFC v Warley Rangers Halifax (D.Cartwright), Elland Allstars v Denholme United (J.Hallos), Hebden Royd Red Star v Shelf United (P.Higgins), Holmfield AFC v Copley United (S.Adams), Midgley United v West Central FC (P.Crabtree), Mixenden United v Calder 76 (M.Beard), Ryburn United v Greetland AFC (A.Gee).
Ziggy’s Metro Cars Invitation Cup, second round: Illingworth SM v Ryburn Res (W.Cotton), Shelf FC v Midgley Res (D.Bartley), Shelf Utd Res v Hebden Royd RS Res (N.Hinson), St Columbas v Crossleys Res (C.King).
Division One: Hx Irish Centre v Volunteer Arms (A Kay), Salem v Calder 76 Res (S.Dennis), Sowerby Bridge v Stainland United (P.Bowe).
Division Two: Denholme United Res v Salem Res (S.Hoyle), Sowerby United Res v Northowram Res (R.Smith).