High-flying Mirfield aim to go unbeaten for the season

Joe Hallas of Oakwell Motel
Joe Hallas of Oakwell Motel
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Mirfield Town continued their flying start in the Heavy Woollen Championship, with their 3-1 away victory against St John Fisher’s Old Boys Reserves their eighth in eighth matches,

And Mirfield manager Gordon Young is confident that his side can keep up their storming form and remain unbeaten all season, as they look to bounce back to the Heavy Woollen top flight at the first time of asking.

“The target is (to go unbeaten) all the way,” said Young.

“We got relegated from the Prem last year but we weren’t outplayed at all, it wasn’t like we were cannon fodder. A couple of players have joined us so we’ve strengthened the team and dropped down a league so we’re confident we’ve got a team that is very strong for the Championship.”

Top-scorer Chris Meeson, Johnnie Mitchell and Ollie Rounding got the goals for Mirfield, as Fishers put up a much stronger showing than they did in the reverse fixture earlier in the season. And Young was pleased with his team’s performance, as they warmed up for a visit to second-placed Mount Pleasant FC.

He added: “It was a good game, we were nicely on top, but it was a much more competitive game than the last time we played them. We’d beaten them 12-0 at home a few weeks earlier so they were ready to put up a much better game and it was close. Mount Pleasant are one place below us with a game in hand so it’s almost a six-pointer.

“We’re going out for three points, so it’ll be a good clash.”

Mount Pleasant kept the heat on Mirfield with a win of their own, overcoming Marsh FC 4-2, whilst Woodkirk Valley have also won all but one of their games, after they thrashed fourth-placed Heckmondwike Sports Club 5-0.

Barr Street secured just their second win of the season, thanks to a comfortable 5-1 victory against Birstall St Patrick’s.

In the sole top tier game played, Oakwell Motel shared a 1-1 draw with visiting Battyeford FC.

In Division One, Punch Bowl AFC managed to gain their first points of the season in somewhat spectacular fashion.

They paid a visit to Battyeford AFC Reserves, but managed to come away with all three points after they thrashed their hosts 5-1, a result which leaves Overthorpe Sports Club Reserves marooned at the bottom of the table with no points from seven games.

And things got no better for Overthorpe this week, as they were humiliated 8-0 by Navigation FC in their own back yard.

Navigation have moved themselves up into fourth with their latest victory, although they are likely to slip down the table when the teams around them have played their games in hand.

The final fixture of the weekend in Division One between Dewsbury Westside and Birkenshaw FC Reserves was postponed, as Dewsbury are currently serving an open-ended County suspension.

Division Two only saw three fixtures also, but that didn’t stop 23 goals being scored by the six teams involved.

Cobras FC smashed bottom-placed Snowdon FC 11-1. Snowdon have now conceded 39 goals in their opening six fixtures, although the one point they secured in their opening fixture of the season means that they have already beaten their points tally from last year, when they lost all 18 of their matches.

St Ignatius overcame Batley Celtics 5-3 in an entertaining match for the neutrals, whilst Six Lane Ends FC beat Batley Irish Nash 3-0.

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