AG Sunderland Cup
Before we get stuck into the results can I remind clubs that entries are being sought for this event to be held on 4NCL Saturdays. The event is for players graded U140 and the focus will be more on the games of the day rather than the league structure. The first event is at Bradford on November 17th. So far five teams have entered and obviously I would like to increase this. (ed. We have now added an AG Sunderland Page to the website which can be found under the “YCA Leagues” menu.)
Bradford A began their season with a fine 6-2 win against Calderdale A, third placed last season. Sheffield A managed half a point better against Alwoodley and thus take pole position. York RI A won against newly promoted Huddersfield but only by a relatively modest 5-3. York RI B defeated Bradford Central, Rose Forgrove A edged out Harrogate A and Hull DCA A drew with Sheffield D; as one comment on the website said it will be interesting to see how much bearing this result has on the relegation battle. It is, of course, too early to be talking about relegation but Calderdale A and Alwoodley A are currently under the safety line.
Where to begin with the IM Brown which saw what can only be described as a bonfire of the favourites. Every result deserves mention. York RI C, who of course missed promotion by a whisker last time around, lost 3-5 to Sheffield B. Rose Forgrove B, also contenders last year, lost 1-7 to a storming Harrogate B who find themselves unexpectedly in the nominal promotional zone as a consequence. There was yet another upset when Bradford B, relegated last season, lost 2 1/2-5 1/2 to newly promoted Calderdale B. Doncaster bucked the trend with an opening win against Hull DCA B, Leeds CCCC declared themselves as contenders with a confident win against Sheffield E and Wakefield A defeated York RI D 7-1 to go joint top with Harrogate.
In the Silver Rook Bradford C go top with a 6 1/2-1 1/2 win against Harrogate C, 1 1/2 points more than West Leeds managed in the only other decisive match. Relegated Dewsbury surprisingly only drew with Sheffield F and Pontefract had a bye.
Looking ahead to October 12th and there’s no peace for the wicked – or for Bradford A who travel to York RI B for another critical match. It’s hard to highlight any of the other fixtures above others but by the 13th we should have a slightly clearer idea who has to worry about relegation.
In the IM Brown the one to watch must be Wakefield A vs Leeds CCCC (anybody dare call this one – I don’t) while Calderdale B vs Harrogate B will be interesting after their first round upset achievements. Bradford B need to steady the ship against Hull DCA B and Sheffield B will be hoping for another good result against Rose Forgrove B.
In the Silver Rook Bradford C will probably have to relinquish their crown as they have a free round. Pontefract are probably favourites and will be looking to open their account with victory against Wakefield B while West Leeds hosting Dewsbury should be interesting.
(Ed. Please note that Hull are no longer playing at St Nicholas Community Centre. They are still looking for a permanent venue but are currently playing at The Anlaby Park Library, The Green Way, Anlaby High Road HU4 6XH.)