Heavy Woollen League: Thornhill shut out Towngate to secure semi-final spot

Match action from Batley Irish Nash v Birkenshaw Res (SR1003/32b). PIC: Steve Riding
Match action from Batley Irish Nash v Birkenshaw Res (SR1003/32b). PIC: Steve Riding
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Thornhill Lees booked themselves a place in the semi-finals of the Heavy Woollen Challenge Cup after Nathan Kemp and Nicki Croisdale both scored in a 2-0 victory over Towngate.

Lees now face Millbridge WMC in the semi-final which will take place at Overthorpe Sports Club on March 23.

Premier Division leaders Birkenshaw moved seven points clear following an 8-0 win over relegation threatened Mirfield Town. Joel Farrar led the way with a hat-trick and Andrew Wood bagged a brace with Michael Smith, Paul Smith and Luke Barker completing the scoring.

In the Championship, second-placed Oakwell Motel stunned leaders Battyeford after administering a 7-0 hiding. Jonny Beverley netted a hat-trick for Oakwell, who also scored through Jamie Smith, Jason Campbell, Gary Foley and Jermaine Davies.

Double-up Nick Lambert and Sam Buswell scored for third-placed FC Pack Horse as they won 3-1 at St John Fisher Reserves whose Tom Riordan struck.

Northorpe United remain fourth after they edged out Taylor FC 5-4 thanks to a hat-trick from Jiten Patel and a brace from Tom Hague. Taylor replied through a Suleman Aswat hat-trick, plus a strike from Aamir Navsarka.

Martin Ellis and Oliver Sharp earned second bottom Hartshead three vital points as they won 2-1 at Birstall St Patricks whose Scot Minto netted.

The day’s top scorers were Barr Street who won 10-6 against bottom side Gomersal thanks to six goals from Dwayne Wilkinson and four from Paul Pyke. Kieran Armitage, with a hat-trick, Ashley Barnes, with a brace, and George Deegan replied for Gomersal.

Division One leaders Heckmondwike Sports Club had Joe Armour to thank as they overcame a stubborn Ravenswharfe side to win 1-0.

Mount Pleasant lie third after two-goal Abdulla Mayet and Fayyaz Bobat netted in a 3-0 win at Battyeford Reserves.

Jack Rogerson fired a brace as Birkenshaw Reserves maintained fourth spot with a 2-1 win at Batley Irish Nash whose Tim Whitehead struck. Goals from Scott Stephenson, Darren Oates and Mark Pickersgill saw Bay Horse East Ardsley claim a point in their relegation battle after they drew 3-3 with Saville Arms, who replied through a Bobby Campbell double, plus a Kieran Bonner strike.

Clifton Rangers are two points clear at the top of Division Two after doubles from Will Tolley and Bradley Birkhead, plus one from George Gray and an own goal, saw them win 6-4 at Scholes Athletic. Scholes replied through a James Crines double, Mick Hutton and Liam Gomersall. Woodkirk Valley are second, with three games in hand, after Matthew Moon hit a magnificent seven goals in their 9-1 thrashing of Club Kirkheaton. Will Clapham and Michael Fawcett hit the others, with Dan Bradley scoring Kirkheaton’s consolation.

Punch Bowl lie third place after Nathan Clarke and Ryan Foster both scored in a 2-0 win over bottom side Snowdon.

Mark Wigley bagged a hat-trick as Black Horse won 4-2 at struggling St Ignatius. Danny Stocks grabbed the other, with Alex Spurr and Bunn Darboe replying for St Ignatius. Dewsbury Westside top Division Three by two points after they won 5-1 against Black Horse Reserves whose Adam Grogan struck.

Town Rangers are second after Richard Boustead scored in a 1-0 win over Gomersal West. Hanging Heaton CC are third following a 3-1 win over Cobras.

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