Albion Women targeting top half

Ossett Albion, whose game last week was one of many to fall victim to adverse weather, go to Altofts on Sunday with a chance to effectively secure their place in the North East Regional League (South) for another season – but it promises to be a tough game.

Altofts are only one place above Albion but, whilst having a four-point advantage, they have played a game more.

After a recent upturn in results Albion are now targeting a top-half finish, but the four clubs below them can still overtake them it is so close.

They currently have a five-point advantage over second-bottom Harrogate Railway and, with only five games to play, a win at Altofts would almost certainly ensure they stay out of the relegation places.

But it is not going to be easy as Altofts produced the shock of the day last week at home to runaway leaders Farsley Celtic when they ended their 100 per cent record with a 3-1 win.

Two seasons ago Ossett Town were in contention to make the step up from the West Riding Women’s County League and join neighbours Albion, but now they are looking as if they might even lose their County League Premier Division place.

It has been a gruelling season for Town but they do at least look like going down with a fight after a battling 2-1 win at Brayton Belles.

But, with only three games to play they are five points behind third-bottom Hemsworth, having played two games more.

Bottom club Battyeford SC also had a fine win last week when they pulled off a surprise 1-0 win over a Brighouse Athletic side still harbouring promotion hopes.

It was a result that perfectly sets up the clash between the bottom two at Battyeford on Sunday.

With the current pyramid system in women’s football promotion and relegation issues are never straightforward, and with East Yorkshire side Malet Lambert looking like a relegation candidate in the North East Regional League, it might affect the relegation issue in the County League and save the second-bottom club from the drop.

Dewsbury Rangers are still mathematically capable of clinching the runners-up spot, at least, in the County League Second Division as they have four games in hand on joint top Leeds City and only eight points adrift after a 3-0 win at Boroughbridge.

Winning all their remaining games will be a big ask but a Rangers win at home to lowly Crossley this week could well set the cat amongst the pigeons.

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