Albion Ladies set for stress-free Xmas

OSSETT ALBION go into the Christmas break in a relatively healthy mid-table position in the Women’s North East Regional League Southern Division, after visitors Courts City conceded their scheduled game last week.

The league website has recorded the game as a walkover for Albion, and the points awarded accordingly, which means the prospect of their most anxiety-free Christmas and New Year in recent years.

Next up for the Albion girls will be a trip to one-time FA Women’s Premier League side Sheffield Wednesday on January 15 but neighbours Ossett Town will, in contrast, face an extended break with no more games until January 29.

It promises to be an uneasy rest as Town slip ever closer to relegation from the Premier Division of the West Riding County League. They are currently level on points with Bradford Park Avenue in second-bottom spot but have played four games more and are only one point ahead of bottom-club Battyeford Belles.

In their last game Town went to fellow strugglers Silsden but disappointingly crashed 8-0 and, with only six league games to play their chances of Premier Division survival are looking increasingly slim.

This week is County Cup week but things at Town are clearly far from well as they have pulled out of the competition and handed their scheduled visitors, FA Women’s Premier League (North) side Guiseley Vixens, a walkover.

With Ossett Town conceding, it is left to County League Third Division outfit Lower Hopton to carry the district’s banner in the last 16 of the competition.

The third-placed side maintained their promotion push with a 6-1 win over winless Kirkstall Crusaders, completing the double over the Leeds side in the process, but they can expect a much stiffer task on Sunday when they entertain FA Women’s Premier League, Division One (North) side Brighouse Town in a battle for a quarter-final spot.

In the remaining ties to be played this week Leeds Medics and Dentists will face Leeds Ladies, holders Bradford City are at Yorkshire Amateurs, Castleford White Rose are at home to Harrogate Railway, Farsley Celtic are at home to Bradford Park Avenue, Altofts play Selby side Brayton Belles and Tyersal are at home to Brighouse Athletic.

Dewsbury Rangers are without a West Riding League game until January 8, when they go to leaders Leeds City, but they have slipped to third place in Division Two after being held to a 1-1 draw by Farsley Celtic Development, while Clifton Rangers moved into second place following a 5-0 win over Ossett Town reserves.

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