ST JOSEPH’S are running out of games to secure their Pennine League Premier Division survival.
With five games of their season remaining, they are second bottom of the table and two points away from the safety zone.
But, crucially, they have games in hand on the teams directly above them, and if Joe’s are able to win those then their hopes of retaining their top-flight status will improve dramatically.
That process begins tomorrow when they visit mid-table New Earswick All Blacks, a match they should be more than capable of winning if they hit form.
At the same time, Slaithwaite Saracens will be looking to close in on the Division I title with victory at Clayton when a win will leave them just a couple of wins away from clinching the prize.
Emley Moor are also looking to maintain their winning ways when success at West Bowling A will strengthen their mid-table standing.
Newsome Panthers have lost some of their momentum in Division II, losing their promotion clash with Dearne Valley Bulldogs at the weekend, but they should get things back on track with a home clash against Bank Top Harriers.
Moldgreen, on the other hand, face a more challenging assignment when they travel to face Newsome’s conquerors.
Lindley Swifts will be feeling in upbeat mood after booking their place in the James Joseph Conlan Memorial Trophy and they will be red-hot favourites to maintain their title challenge when they resume their Division III programme and the trip to bottom club Undercliffe Wildboars.
In Division IV, mid-table Underbank entertain third-placed West Craven Warriors, while Meltham All Blacks will be confident of moving away from the Division V relegation zone with victory at home to Halifax Irish A.
In-form Newsome A bid to move a step closer to the the Division VI crown with a win at Westgate Wolves A, while Emley A host Illingworth A and St Joseph’s A travel to Wyke A.