Hepworth United won the Division One Shield in two successive seasons (2010-11 and 2011-12) and are now firm favourites to add another title to their list.
This is because in the space of a few days, their ability to pick up extra points with late goals has earned them six points rather than what could quite easily have been only two.
Last Saturday they were in front at 1-0 and 2-1 against Shelley but Shelley fought back twice to level.
However, a Rory McGrath goal in the 87th minute meant the difference between one point and three.
On Tuesday, they travelled to Diggle and as the match entered the final minute, it was goalless until Ben Raven-Hill came up with a winner and another occasion where a late goal meant three points instead of the one.
The six points put them just one behind Heyside, but Hepworth have played three games fewer.
Shelley have the same points tally as Hepworth but have only one to play, so the biggest threat to Hepworth’s hopes will come from fourth placed Shepley.
Shepley are one point behind Hepworth but Hepworth still to play seven and Shepley six, so there’s many a slip that could occur. Hepworth’s two away games at Heyside and Shepley will have a massive part to play on the eventual destination of the Shield.
In Division Two, Aimbry are close to claiming the divisional title.
Last Saturday, they faced second placed Kirkheaton Rovers and Ryan Buckley’s Aimbry ran out 3-1 winners.
Two goals from Matt Kilner and another from Dwayne Wilkinson means they are certain to be playing Division One football next season.
They play KKS Spartans today and three points there would see them on 46 points with a game to play.
No other club can amass that tally except Holme Valley Academicals who if they win their two remaining matches and are successful in their recently lodged protest can also reach the 46 point mark.
Meltham’s three remaining fixtures against Scholes, the Accies and Aimbry will have a decisive effect on who gains promotion along with Aimbry – and that also applies to the Marsden v Kirkheaton match due for a week today.
Division Four is less complicated. Almondbury Woolpack dropped two points last Saturday in a 1-1 draw with second placed 3D Dynamos.
Both sides scored in the first period with a Tony Wales goal being cancelled out by one from 3D’s Dom Shiels.
But the Woolpack made up for the dropped two points as the Management Committee awarded them an extra two.
In a recent 5-5 draw with Golcar Utd, it was found that Golcar had played an ineligible player and so all three points went to Woolpack.
The most any of the top five can now gain is 54 and with the Woolpack, already on 52, so three points in their match at Brighouse Athletic today clinches the title.
As for promotion from this division, 3D Dynamos have finished their fixtures with 51 points so it is a case of “sitting and suffering” as the three challengers for the other two promotion places complete their matches.
Storthes Hall have two to play but one of these is against Woolpack next Tuesday and the following Saturday against Brighouse Ath.
Also on Tuesday there is the Black Horse v Junction fixture. If both sides win up, they finish on 53 points but that’s not possible – a draw would be a good result for Storthes Hall.
Last Saturday, Newsome Reserves and Shelley Reserves met in a Reserve Division One fixture and the game was abandoned in the 87th minute with Newsome leading 3-0.
The Management Committee will decide on the outcome of the game at a later date, but within four days the sides met again in the Huddersfield FA Trophy semi-final and Shelley Reserves gained some revenge.
Drey Marren gave Newsome a 19th minute lead but as the teams turned round so did the fortunes of the clubs.
Two second half goals from Chris Parker gave Shelley victory and a place in the final on May 13 – they will play Linthwaite Athletic Reserves.
The Division Three Reserve side overcame Kirkheaton Rovers A team who are fifth in Reserve Division Two. Linthwaite took the lead with goals from John Keeling and Matthew Wise and the only reply that Kirkheaton could muster was a Jonathan Askin penalty.
The final of the Huddersfield FA Challenge Cup takes place on Monday, April 25 at the John Smith Stadium (7pm).
The two sides involved are both from the West Riding County Amateur League in the shape of Golcar United and YMCA and they could not have had a more different semi-finals.
YMCA were very impressive in overcoming Hepworth United by 10-1 while Golcar met the West Yorkshire team of Shelley and it was an injury time winner that sent them through to the final.