ATTENTIONS this week turn to the Huddersfield ARLA’s Supplementary Cup for many of the town’s teams.
Three ties are taking place tomorrow in a competition which is often almost impossible to predict because of its handicap system.
But clearly the pick of the ties is at Lindley Swifts where the Pennine League Division III title-chasers entertain Second Division leaders Emley Moor.
Swifts will go into the contest with an eight-point advantage, as well as having the benefit of being at home.
On top of that, recent Cup history is also in Swifts’ favour, with memories of their outstanding 27-0 Holliday Cup quarter-final triumph at Moor two months ago still fresh in the Lindley minds.
That gives the Swifts a big psychological advantage going into the clash, although Emley will be fired-up and desperate to gain revenge.
In the other ties, there’s a derby battle up at The Cross where Fourth Division Underbank Rangers (16) host Slaithwaite Saracens A (44) from Division VII, while Division VI side St Joseph’s A (32) entertain Division IV strugglers Meltham All Blacks (20).
On the League front, St Joseph’s will be looking to build on their excellent Premier Division victory over Kippax Welfare when they visit mid-table Drighlington.
Coach Keith Senior’s side are at full strength and looking for a third League win on the trot.
In Division I, Moldgreen will be looking to make home advantage count against King Cross Park, particularly after last week’s postponed game at Victoria Rangers because of a frozen pitch.
And Newsome Panthers will bid to keep up the pressure on Division II leaders Emley with a home win over Boothtown Terriers, while in Division III title-chasing Slaithwaite visit Littleborough.