Albion proving tough opposition

OSSETT ALBION welcome Cleethorpes Town for Sunday’s North East Regional League Southern Division clash aiming for a fourth-successive unbeaten game in a bid to pull away from the relegation zone.

In Albion’s last outing Claire Berry was outstanding, while Nikki Swift set up substitute Rebecca Wiggans to grab her fifth goal of the season and secure a 1-1 draw at home to Altofts.

But this was Albion’s fourth league draw in eight games and, despite their much-improved form this season, they are still only one point clear of second-bottom spot.

In their early-season game at Cleethorpes the home side finished 5-4 winners and another closely-fought encounter is expected.

Things are beginning to look grim for the district’s West Riding County League Premier Division sides, with Ossett Town and Battyeford Belles occupying the bottom two places after last week’s games.

Battyeford, in League Shield action, went down 5-2 at home to Ilkley Town while Ossett’s league woes continued with a 3-0 defeat at home to Brighouse Athletic.

However, this weekend does carry the promise of some light at the end of the tunnel as the two sides meet each other in the league.

There has been little joy for the Ossett Town reserve side this season in Division Two.

A 6-2 defeat at Boroughbridge left them anchored to the foot of the table with one point from five games, and another tough task lies ahead when they go to Leeds side Amaranth.

Meanwhile third-placed Dewsbury Rangers go to Crossley this week knowing that they need a win if they are to maintain a promotion challenge this season.

The 2-2 draw at Clifton last time out left them six points behind leaders Skipton Town and five adrift of second-placed Leeds City.

While Battyeford’s defeat at the hands of Third Division side Ilkley was perhaps the shock of the round in the League Shield, a battling performance from Lower Hopton almost sprang a surprise on Farsley Celtic reserves in that competition.

Lower Hopton eventually went down 3-2 but the fourth-placed Third Division outfit will hope to go one better at home to the Farsley Celtic A team on Sunday in their league meeting.

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