EMLEY MOOR are ready to host their biggest Pennine League Second Division game of the season so far.
In-form second-placed Moor will go head-to-head with Huddersfield rivals Lindley Swifts at the Welfare Ground tomorrow when far more than the local bragging rights will be at stake.
Although the Swifts are in a mid-table position, that’s because so many of their games have fallen victim to the weather – something that could, of course, happen again this weekend due to the current icy snap.
But having won four of the five they have played, Swifts could end up having a massive say in the destination of the title.
At the same time, Moor have won nine of their opening 10 fixtures and trail leaders Illingworth by a points difference of just three.
So the stakes couldn’t be much higher.
There’s also a very important home Division II clash for Underbank Rangers, who will be hoping to start a climb up the table with victory over bottom club Clayton.
Premier Division Slaithwaite Saracens are also bracing themselves for a crucial encounter this weekend.
After suffering a bitterly-disappointing 14-0 defeat at Drighlington a week ago, player-coach Marlon Billy’s men will be keen to bounce straight back.
But a trip to a Sharlston Rovers side who have suffered just one defeat so far this term won’t offer the easiest opportunity.
In the Championship Division, St Joseph’s will be hoping to shake off the frustration of last week’s home match against King Cross Park having been postponed when they travel to mid-table Westgate Wolves.
Newsome Panthers also do battle with a mid-table rival in Division I this weekend when they host Batley Boys, while for Huddersfield’s three Division V sides they face away trips.
Second-placed Slaithwaite A will be desperate to keep the pressure on leaders Hanging Heaton with a win at Whitkirk Bulldogs, third-placed Meltham All Blacks are at Eastmoor Dragon and Newsome A travel to Whinmoor.
Underbank A are also on the road in Division VII and face Selby Warriors A.