GOLCAR Con could be facing a Division II title play-off with Lindley WMC after losing 4-2 to Heywood Irish Centre in an inter-divisional clash.
Following a tiring encounter in the Rollinson Cup final, top-flight Heywoods rested some members of their squad when they visited Longfield Avenue.
Golcar, level on points with Lindley in Division II, were eager to do well and were awarded an early penalty which Andrew Allison put away. The same player shook the Irish further to give the Colne Valley side a 2-0 lead.
But Ashley Flynn made it 2-1 and Irish started to get on top. Early in the second half Darren Henighan turned in the box and struck a superb equaliser.
Further goals came from Flynn and a penalty by Adam Bell to give Irish a 4-2 win, a result which means Lindley WMC need a draw or win against Heywoods on Monday or they will face a play-off against Golcar.
Heywoods’ hopes of adding the Division I title to their Rollinson Cup triumph were further boosted a with a 5-2 win over Cricketers Arms at Jaggar Lane.
Cricketers had been in with a chance of honours, but in their last five games they have collected only one point.
After only a minute Lee Hargreaves set Irish on the road to victory, but 10 minutes later Marcus Thomas equalised with a superb header from a corner.
On 18 minutes Nick Jaggar put Irish back in front, and Adam Bell made it 3-1 with a delicate chip over the keeper. Just before half time Jaggar got his second to make it 4-1.
Cricketers fared better after the break and created chances but were not able to make them count.
In the last five minutes JC Higgins made it 5-1 before Thomas notched a consolation.
If Heywoods beat bottom club Wellington Westgate tomorrow they will be crowned champions – and they still have the hope of achieving further honours in the FA Sunday Challenge Cup and West Riding County FA Sunday Cup finals.