Heavy Woollen League: Clarke hat-trick not enough to save Chickenley’s blushes

Ryan Hatley of Woodkirk Valley takes on St John Fisher Res goalkeeper Michael Smith.
Ryan Hatley of Woodkirk Valley takes on St John Fisher Res goalkeeper Michael Smith.
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AFC Chickenley’s Tom Clarke helped himself to a hat-trick but still somehow ended up on the losing side in their game at Thornhill Lees.

The hosts climbed up to second place in the Heavy Woollen Sunday League Premier Division after Callum Padgett, Nicki Croisdale and Joel Clegg all scored and, crucially, Chickenley conceded an own goal, too.

Unbeaten leaders St John Fisher Old Boys were without a game so Leeds drew level with them on six points and Millbridge WMC who moved up to third place following a 7-3 win over Battyeford.

Luke Sherman, Joe Kenzitt and Jamie Wasley all fired doubles as the home side took control.

Liam Gowan also got in on the act and, though, Battyeford netted through Ashley Harper, Luke Naylor and Andrew Feeney, they never truly looked like troubling their opponents.

Birkenshaw, however, did come from behind to maintain their 100 per cent start to the season.

They won 4-3 at Overthorpe SC with Joel Farrar grabbing the headlines.

His hat-trick was the centrepiece – Jonjo Haley hit the other – in their triumph.

Elliott Brooke, Kristian Angus and Lewis Ward scored for Overthorpe who started well but could not see the victory through.

Mirfield Town lead the way in the Championship after maintaining their own 100 per cent record with an 8-0 thrashing of Birstall St Patricks.

Chris Meeson starred with four goals, with Adam Brown, Kyle Douglas, Matthew Blakeley and an own goal completing the scoring.

They have won all three games so far and rattled off 16 goals conceding just four.

Previous leaders Mount Pleasant slip to second following their 3-2 defeat against Marsh.

Nadem Seedat and Mohammed Patel netted for Mount, but strikes from Marc Harrison, Jason Jeffrey and James Parker claimed all three points for the visitors who picked up their first win at the third attempt.

Woodkirk Valley lie third after they won 6-1 against St John Fisher Reserves, whose sole contribution came from Tom Riordan.

Craig Bentley did all the damage as he hit a brace for Heckmondwike Sports Club in their 2-1 success against bottom-side Hartshead, who replied through Daniel Laidlaw but remain without a win.

In the division’s other game, Barr Street and Taylor FC shared the points following an entertaining 3-3 draw.

Deighton WMC and Ravenswharfe are the obvious teams to watch out for in Division One as they sit astride the top of Division each with maximum points.

Deighton are in pole position but only because – with goal difference level – they have actually hit the net more often. That was helped largely by the fact they won 5-4 at The Yorkshireman on Sunday, their hosts coming close to ending that impressive 100 per cent record.

The Yorkshireman benefitted from Liam Oldroyd, Daniel Cooke and Ben Simpson strikes plus and an own goal.

There was just one goal to be seen as Ravenswharfe kept pace, Sam Hewitt’s lone strike earning them a 1-0 win at Overthorpe Sports Club Reserves who remain without a single point.

Unbeaten Town Rangers lie third after they forged a goalless draw at Dewsbury Westside while Bay Horse East Ardsley enjoyed a 5-1 win at bottom-side Punch Bowl.

Joe Hill’s double plus efforts from Dale Orange, Stephen Day and Jordan Gabbidon did all the damage with Liam Curtess replying for Punch Bowl.

Clifton Rangers also won 5-1, this time at Battyeford Reserves, who had Matthew Evans on the scoresheet

Rob McCall bagged the game’s only goal as Navigation delivered their second victory of the season, overcoming winless Birkenshaw Reserves 1-0.

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