Belles prepare for showdown with title rivals Bradford City A

FIRST Division leaders Battyeford Belles may have missed out on a League Cup final appearance, but their West Riding League clash with second placed Bradford City A this week takes on cup final proportions with a place in the Premier League the reward for victory.

It is one win each in the previous meetings between the sides this season but, following a 9-0 demolition of Hebden Royd in their last game, three points at Bradford on Sunday will put them out of City’s reach in the title race.

Both sides won their last game and that leaves Battyeford eight points clear of City, having played a game more but while a win would give the Mirfield girls the title a defeat would once again throw the title race wide open.

Meanwhile, Silsden and Leeds Medics and Dentists are waiting in the wings for the top two to slip up.

Ossett Town have seen their Premier Division title hopes disintegrate in recent weeks with a 3-2 defeat at bottom club Gledhow proving the latest disappointment for coach Dan Robinson.

Having been in the running for promotion for much of the season, a defeat for Town at home to Bradford Park Avenue, who are now bottom, leaves them in danger of finishing in the bottom three.

With one win and one defeat in their double-header with Crossley the Town reserve side look like having a respectable finish in Division Three, while Dewsbury Rangers still have hopes of a top four finish. On Sunday Ossett Town reserves are at home to Dewsbury Rangers.

In the North East Regional League Ossett Albion are once again sliding toward the relegation zone in the Southern Division with a 3-1 defeat at Malet Lambert leaving them only six points clear of bottom club, Rovers Foundation, having played a game more.

Albion’s scorer in that last game was Nikki Swift but they can expect little joy from the trip this week to runaway leaders Oughtibridge.

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