Shaw predicts intense Wetherby title battle

hsb  Sicklinghall v South Milford.  Phil Wood batting for Sicklinghall.   110521M4a.
hsb Sicklinghall v South Milford. Phil Wood batting for Sicklinghall. 110521M4a.

WITH just one game before the halfway stage SCARCROFT strike bowler Carl Shaw believes there’s still everything to play for as the 2011 Wetherby League title battle begins to hot up.

This year is the most open in a long time with surprise package Great Preston currently leading the way as Barwick and Old Mods stay hot on their heels.

Old Mods v Scarcroft Wetherby League vsat 20th june 2009'Scarcroft bowler Carl Shaw

Old Mods v Scarcroft Wetherby League vsat 20th june 2009'Scarcroft bowler Carl Shaw

Wetherby, Kirk Deighton, Scarcroft, Shadwell and Church Fenton are little off the pace but Shaw feels a late run of form could be crucial.

“We’re coming to that time of year when there are a few surprise results, some players are on holiday and that affects results,” he said.

“Great Preston are currently leading the way which is a bit of a surprise. But the thing is with them they usually start off slow and get better. They’ve done the opposite this season.

“You’d have to say they’re favourites to win it.

“But it’s still very open, it’s the most open it’s been in years which is good. If you compare it to football it’s always the top four in that who wins it. It’s been like that in this league over the last few years but this time it’s anyone’s. It should be an exciting finish.

“You have some teams that are doing well in the cup and some that are doing well in the league. It will come to a point where teams will assess where they want to go.

“Do they want to carry on doing well in the cup with the chance of winning some silverware or concentrate on the league?

“It will be interesting to see.”

As for Scarcroft’s performances this season Shaw said: “We’ve been way too inconsistent.”

“If we get our full strength side out we’ve generally done ok but when we haven’t we’ve been losing.

“We’ve got Walton on Saturday. Looking at the table you’d have to say we’re favourites to win that one.

“We’re back to full strength but having said that it just depends what team turns up.”

Tomorrow’s local derby between Scarcroft and Walton is a highlight.

Walton will be eyeing revenge after Damian Aston’s men dumped them out of the Fred Fleetwood Cup earlier this season.

Elsewhere CHURCH FENTON travel to in-form BARWICK IN ELMET, Old Mods welcome St Chads, KIRK DEIGHTON have a tasty clash against local rivals WETHERBY, SHADWELL welcome leaders Great Preston and Leeds Police are at home to Garforth PC.

In Division Two promotion chasing SICKLINGHALL are away to Saxton. They currently sit second, nine points behind Bilton in Ainsty.