Pudsey Congs plotting another big upset at league leaders Hanging Heaton

Ralph Middlebrook.
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CHAIRMAN Ralph Middlebrook hopes Pudsey Congs can record a second shock in successive weeks at Bradford League top-flight leaders Hanging Heaton tomorrow.

Bottom-of-the-table Congs breathed new life into their fight against relegation last weekend with an eight-run victory against arch rivals Pudsey St Lawrence that Middlebrook admitted was “an expected win.”

An even tougher test now awaits at Premier Division top dogs Hanging Heaton but Middlebrook is ‘hanging’ on the fact that anything is possible in sport. Congs are 12 points adrift of safety with just four games left. Middlebrook said: “Hanging Heaton won’t be easy and then we have got Lightcliffe, Bradford and Bingley and New Farnley.

“They are all middlish table but I’m not saying that is going to affect anything because you go out and play every match to win.

“It will be tough this Saturday but you can’t rule anything out and it’s glorious is sport as you don’t know what is going to happen.

“Hanging Heaton’s batting stretches forever and they are all good cricketers in the team.

“It’s a reasonably small ground so the runs will come aplenty so our bowlers will have to be at their very best but it’s been our batting that has been fragile all year.”

Irfan Amjad’s half-century ultimately won the day for Congs last weekend and Congs will now hope their fifth-placed Pudsey rivals can do them a favour at home to third-bottom Cleckheaton tomorrow.

Second-bottom Batley visit seventh-placed Bradford and Bingley while fourth-bottom East Bierley welcome fourth-placed Townville.

At the top, second-placed Farsley travel to eighth-placed Lightcliffe while third-placed Woodlands go to sixth-placed New Farnley.

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