League record is carrot for double-seeking Otley

Richard Halloran helping Otley to a 13th victory of the season last Saturday at Steeton

Richard Halloran helping Otley to a 13th victory of the season last Saturday at Steeton

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OTLEY could once again take their place as the top club in the Aire Wharfe League tomorrow and end more than 20 years' frustration.

James Davies’ side need just eight points to round off a stellar year by adding the championship to the Waddilove Cup they won last month.

If they succeed it will be a 14th title – like last month’s 11th cup win, a record – and their first since 1993.

They might have to wait another week before popping the champagne corks because tomorrow they entertain last year’s champions Beckwithshaw, one of only three teams to beat them this season.

However, the talented Otley line-up will want to ensure that no side does the double over them in a season they have dominated, and they would enjoy the symbolism of taking the trophy from the hands of the holders.

Burley, the only club who can catch them, need a miracle to overhaul the 33-point deficit, and they won’t find the going easy against a Kirkstall side that recovered some form last week, albeit just being edged out of a high-scoring match with Bilton.

Kirkstall are among half-a-dozen sides that still need points to be sure of Division One cricket next season. Steeton go to Collingham, two sides within touching distance of breathing easily one more.

But below them there are a couple of clashes that are sure to be full of tension. Bottom club Ben Rhydding will be down if they don’t beat Rawdon, who are still hovering just above the drop zone.

The second spot is currently filled by Pool, who travel to Guiseley, the side just above them after two successive defeats.

The most relaxed cricket in the division will be at Bilton, where Ilkley are the visitors.

With the top two in Division Two, Follifoot and North Leeds, going head to head, there is a chance for third and fourth-placed Colton and Green Lane to make up some ground. But only one of them can do so because they also meet.

Bolton Villas, who entertain Knaresborough, are already relegated but only 14 points cover the next five clubs.

Skipton are currently in the drop zone and take on mid-table Adel. The two sides immediately above them, Thackley and Upper Wharfedale, face each other, as do Harden and Tong Park Esholt, the other two sides in the relegation mix.

Although all matters are decided in Division Three, there will be plenty of pride at stake at Horsforth, where the leaders meet second-placed Illingworth, the only side to beat them in the league this season.

Elsewhere, Calverley travel to Olicanian, Addingham entertain Hall Park, and Menston and Silsden tackle Woodhouse and Alwoodley, the two sides who must apply for re-election.

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