Priestley Cup hopefuls

By Mike Popplewell

THE BRADFORD League's historic Cup competition, the 115-year-old Priestley Cup, stages its second-round games on Sunday and there is no shortage of Dewsbury and District interest – but that interest could be short-lived!

Batley go to Championship One title hopefuls Baildon while Scholes, anchored to the foot of Championship One, go to reigning Premier Division champions Pudsey St Lawrence. Relegated East Bierley go to an improving Pudsey Congs for an all-Championship One clash and Ossett are flying the flag for the second-tier at home to Premier Division side Methley.

Our district’s sides certainly carry the look of underdogs, almost across the board, not least Championship One side Gomersal in their game against unbeaten Premier Division leaders Woodlands at Oxford Road. Gomersal skipper Richard Wear was in fine form in his last game, against Morley, but he will need all that and a bit more against a Woodlands side who are definitely looking the team to beat in both League and Cup competitions this season.

The one side who do look capable of making progress with limited effort are Premier Division title-chasers Hanging Heaton, who go to Championship One promotion hopefuls Keighley. After winning seven trophies in all last season, Hanging Heaton's exit, as holders, from the Heavy Woollen Cup was a huge blow and the Bennett Lane men will be hoping to make up for that with success this season in the Bradford League's domestic cup competition. All games have a 1pm start.

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