U23s go for Group B title

The U23s will seal the title of the West Riding FA U23s Senior Cup Group B if they beat Emley AFC, today.

Our hosts are the closest competition, having only lost once and drawn once – the defeat coming via Farsley.

The Celts remain the only side to have only dropped three points so far – a 5-3 defeat to i2i Orange in their last match.

A win.

A win for the Celts would mean they can only drop a maximum of six points having only the second fixture against Hemsworth Miners left to play.

Farsley’s victory would mean Emley’s second defeat of the tournament and along with their 2-2 draw with i2i Orange, they would be unable to catch the U23s.

Hemsworth Miners Welfare [joint 3rd] were beaten by the U23s and Emley and ended level with i2i Orange in both fixtures – 7 points adrift

A draw.

A draw would therefore mean Emley remain just two points adrift of the U23s with one game remaining.

A defeat.

3 points to Emley would leapfrog them above the Celts into 1st.

This would leave only a victory against Hemsworth Miners in the final group match as a viable result to retake top spot – relying on an Emley loss in their final fixture.

A Farsley defeat would also allow Hemsworth Miners to overtake the U23s, should the Miners win all their remaining fixtures, including against the U23s on Wednesday.

Opposition – Emley AFC

Emley go into this match on a four-match unbeaten run, their last defeat being Farsley U23s.

Two consecutive victories, 3-1 and 5-1 over i2i Sky Blue & i2i Sky Orange followed an initial 4-1 victory over i2i Sky Blue and a 5-5 draw with i2i Sky Orange.

Last time – 4-2 (W): Mitchell, Masuku, Fialdini, Ayrton Stewart-Savory

The Celts can do the double over the Pewits following their victory in their opening group match six weeks ago.

Man in form – Reggie Waud.

In 3 starts in his last 3 matches – the forward has 5 goals.

He remained on the bench for the first three matches but has since appeared in too good form to return.