Heavy Woollen League: Vital points earned by relegation favourites

Mark McDermott , left of Woodkirk Valley, and Luke Barker, of  Birkenshaw, tussle for possession during their Heavy Woollen Challenge Cup clash.
Mark McDermott , left of Woodkirk Valley, and Luke Barker, of Birkenshaw, tussle for possession during their Heavy Woollen Challenge Cup clash.
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The bottom two sides in the Heavy Woollen Sunday League Premier Division earned vital points in their battle to beat the drop last weekend.

Overthorpe Sports Club drew 2-2 with Woodman Batley Carr thanks to strikes from Lewis Ward and Josh Blakeway. Jonny Walton and an own goal earned Woodman a point.

Jonny Beverley (2) and Darren Fothergill netted for second-bottom Oakwell Motel, but they had to settle for a single point as Faisal Adam (brace) and Nadim Hussain hit back to earn Mount Pleasant a 3-3 draw.

Championship leaders Navigation suffered their first league defeat of the season, going down 8-3 at fifth-place Town Rangers.

Ross Hawkyard led the way with a hat-trick for Rangers, who also had Kieran Ryan, Scott Thornton, Richard Boustead, James Hutchinson and an own goal on the score sheet.

Navigation replied through Dave Blakeley, Lee Bennett and Rob McCall.

Clifton Rangers lie third after they won 3-2 at Deighton WMC, who scored through Kadean Fogarthy and Paul Sykes.

The Yorkshireman lead Division One by four points after Joel Franklin fired a hat-trick in a 5-0 win over bottom side St Ignatius.

Ryan O’Hara and Daniel Cooke hit the others. In the only other game played, Nathan Clark hit a hat-trick as Punch Bowl climbed to sixth place with a 3-1 win over lowly Batley Celtics, who had Luke Newsome on target.

In the only game played in Division Two, Overthorpe Sports Club Reserves won 5-0 against Clifton Rangers A thanks to four goals from Tom Hirst and one from veteran Mick Gibson, who has now scored in every season for the last 25 years.

Overthorpe climb to fourth place after this win.

In the quarter-finals of the Heavy Woollen Challenge Cup, Mirfield Town cruised into the semi-finals with a 9-0 demolition of Ravenswharfe.

Michael Rounding led the way with a hat-trick, Kieran Corley and Sam Atkinson both hit braces, with Gibril Bojang and Niall Wood completing the tally. Millbridge WMC are also through after Luke Sherman (hat-trick), Joe Kenzitt (two), Joe Hanson and an own goal saw them win 7-2 at Birstall St Patricks, who replied through Sam Tyrell and Tom Williams.

Millbridge will meet Birkenshaw in the semis after they had Liam Fox, Jack Rogerson and Danny Walding on target in a 3-1 at Woodkirk Valley, who replied through Chris McGuire.

In the Heavy Woollen Challenge Trophy, Rose of York landed a semi-final berth after Andrew Asquith (brace), Matthew Bolton, Dean Vernon, Jordan Brook and Courtney March all netted in a 6-4win at Snowdon. They will play Batley Irish Nash who won 5-2 at Fieldhead.

There was a double for Shaun Housecroft plus strikes from Aiden Foster, Tom Yarnold and Elliott Williams.

Josh Cooke hit a double and Robert Evans bagged the other as Old Bank WMC won 3-0 against Saville Arms to book a semi-final place against Birkenshaw Reserves, who won 7-1 at Six Lane Ends thanks to a hat-trick from Owen Asquith, plus strikes from Nathan Foster, Tom Smith, Ryan Hird and Liam Gowen.

Dan Daly of Beeston St Anthony's.

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