Bradford League: Title-chasers keeping eye on the ball not the table

Gary Fellows.

Gary Fellows.

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THE top of the ECB Bradford Premier League may look wholly intriguing, but Hanging Heaton captain Gary Fellows certainly will not be caught looking at it.

The permutations are considerable, heading into the final three games of the campaign, with the second-placed Tewits being two points adrift of Pudsey St Lawrence, who usurped them at the top last weekend.

Third-placed Farsley, just 14 points behind Heaton, are also firmly in the title mix and, for Fellows, it is a case of taking care of his side’s own business and not worrying about league tables and the mathematics. For now, anyway.

Fellows, whose side take on relegation-threatened Morley at Bennett Lane tomorrow, said: “I don’t think there is any point looking at the league table at the minute.

“It sounds like a weird thing to say, but we are just concentrating on our own performance to try and get as many points as we can.

“Both teams might win their next three matches and there’s still 60 points to play for, which is a hell of a lot.

“At the end of August and start of September, rain can play a part as well.

“I said at the start of the season that if we got to the middle of August and were in the running, then that is what we were looking for and we are. We are quite happy with that, really.”

The likes of Fellows and Muhammed Rameez have excelled for the Tewits this term as they chase their first championship since 1999.

It remains to be seen if they end that wait. But one thing is sure, they are embracing the challenge in an ultra-competitive division which has again showcased the Bradford League in a positive light in 2016.

It has been a division where upsets have been commonplace with Heaton definitely not taking opponents Morley lightly in any way, shape or form.

Fellows said: “You look at all of the season and teams at the bottom have beaten those at the top, as they did last season.

“Morley need points for their own survival and you throw that into the mix and there’s no ‘gimmies’.

“Most people outside will see that the division has been a good spectacle this year and there’s three teams that can still win it and a number down the bottom who are fighting for their lives and it makes for a great weekend with teams having a lot to play for.

“In any sport, if you are going into the last few weeks of the season and three teams can still win the championship, then it is good for the league. You have to relish it without a shadow of a doubt. Hanging Heaton have not had a great deal of success over the last few years and the club will be pleased with our position.

“The group of lads have done well. The only disappointing thing has been some of the Sunday form in the cup competitions. But now we have three cup finals along with Pudsey (St Lawrence) and Farsley.

“You can easily look at Pudsey and ourselves. But Farsley are only one result away and will be wanting to take advantage if we or Pudsey slip up.”

Elsewhere tomorrow, St Lawrence host Cleckheaton and Farsley visit Lightcliffe, who are not out of relegation danger.

Other key matches at the bottom see Scholes visit Bradford & Bingley and East Bierley visit Pudsey Congs.

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