West Bowling and Keighley bidding for dream county cup final

Rob Spencer is one player Keighley will be looking to if they are to upset Sharlston Rovers

Rob Spencer is one player Keighley will be looking to if they are to upset Sharlston Rovers

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West Bowling and Keighley will meet each other in the Hamuel Reichenbacher Yorkshire Cup final at Featherstone Rovers if they continue their giant-killing feats in the semi-finals on Saturday.

Bowling, who have home advantage when Nevison Leap arrive at Emsleys Rec (1.30) can breathe a sigh of relief that in-form centre Adam Reardon is able to continue his partnership with the equally impressive Jack Dawson after his early departure from last week’s match with a wrist injury.

Otherwise it’s a full-strength side that will be taking the field in the attempt to mark another milestone in Bowling’s history by contesting the final for the first time.

The formbook is in West’s favour, having enjoyed a league win over the Pontefract-based visitors. However, only two points separated the teams at the end.

Nevison are a rough, tough bunch who rely on their physical attributes, which sets the scene for a close encounter that will keep the anticipated bumper crowd on its toes.

Keighley, who are running neck and neck with Bowling at the top of the Pennine Championship Division, face a daunting trip to Sharlston Rovers.

The Wakefield side have had phenomenal success in trophy games for a number of years but many pundits believe that they are now on the wane.

Rovers nearly came a cropper at Queensbury last week and were considered fortunate to come away with the spoils.

Keighley caused a sensation when they dumped Drighlington out of the competition in extra time, and have their half-back pairing of Ricky Leatham and Rob Spencer firing on all cylinders.

Marksman Joe Copperthwaite is also bang in form with the boot, and these are pointers that another momentous result is within their capabilities.

The first round of the Jack Senior Bradford Cup gets underway with three cracking ties.

Bank Top Harriers will be relishing the visit of Wibsey Warriors to Lidget Green.

The Harriers, who are going well in the Championship, are a close-knit bunch with bags of experience.

Wibsey, however, are in great Premier Division form, with full back Mike Derrick and stand-off Ryan Smith their leading lights.

Wyke welcome neighbours Birkenshaw for what could be the tie of the round.

Birky have Ben Nabzony in peak condition, while the black and whites are looking dangerous now that hooker Ian Watkinson is back after injury.

Odsal Sedbergh are at home to Clayton, who are coached by Darren Collins, who starred for both clubs.

Sedge will use the Odsal Rec slope to full advantage, while the Villagers youngsters will seek the firmer ground.

Queensbury are in a must-win situation when they visit Thornhill Trojans in the Pennine League Premier Division.

Bury are two points behind the Dewsbury side in the battle to escape from the relegation zone.

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