Heavy Woollen: Birkenshaw improve their advantage at top of the table

Oliver Fisher shoots for Millbridge WMC FC
Oliver Fisher shoots for Millbridge WMC FC
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Birkenshaw increased their lead to four points at the top of the Heavy Woollen Sunday League Premier Division after a 3-3 draw with St John Fisher.

Joel Farrar, Andrew Wood and Michael Smith scored Birkenshaw’s goals, with Fisher replying through a Dominic Simpson hat-trick.

Second-placed Millbridge WMC were beaten 4-3 by Overthorpe Sports Club, who climb to third.

A Sam Sweeney brace, plus strikes from Elliott Brooke and Kristian Angus put Overthorpe in control, but Millbridge almost completed a remarkable comeback through goals from Luke Sherman, Neil Griffiths and Joe Kenzitt.

Woodman Batley Carr swapped places at the bottom with AFC Chickenley, who they beat 5-2. Woodman scored through a Lee Brook double, plus strikes from Neil Pickles, Ben Mitchell and Jordan Peace, whilst Shaun McDaid netted both goals for Chickenley.

Battyeford are four points clear at the top of the Championship after Jamie Brannan’s hat-trick, a Bobby Evans brace, plus Luke Duncan and James Pederson efforts sealed a 7-1 win over St John Fisher Reserves who replied through Connor Kirkby.

Oakwell Motel lie second following a 4-2 win over Tayor FC. Robert Ives, Jermaine Davies, Ben McCann and Jamie Clarke netted for Oakwell, with Taylor replying through goals from Ahmed Seedat and Yusuf Bham.

FC Pack Horse are in third spot after a Liam Roe double, plus strikes from Danny Holdsworth and Marcus Newby, saw them win 4-2 at bottom side Gomersal, who replied through Kieran Armitage and George Deegan. Birstall St Patrick’s climbed out of the bottom three after a 3-1 win at Barr Street. Jean-Marie Julienne, Sam Tyrell and Darren McDonald netted for Birstall, with Josh Rodgers replying for the home side.

In Division One, White Horse lead the way by two points after they were held to a 2-2 draw by Ravenswharfe. Alan Nicholls and Dale Joy scored for White Horse, with Ravenswharfe earning a point through a Sam Hewitt double. Heckmondwike Sports Club are second after they registered a 4-0 win at Saville Arms thanks to goals from Joe Armour, Mark Claughton, Craig White and Blake Maude. Third place Birkenshaw Reserves enjoyed a 6-3 win over bottom side Hightown with Jack Rogerson netting four goals and Phil Bell bagging the other two. Hightown replied through Jordan Midwood, Luke Bolland and Duane Fascione.

Clifton Rangers lead Division Two by a single point after doubles from Matthew Hartley, Adam Clay and Anthony McMahon, plus a Will Tolley strike, saw them win 7-2 at Punch Bowl (Nathan Clarke, Josh Wood).

The highest score of the day came at Woodkirk Valley, where they beat bottom side Snowdon 17-0. Matthew Moon led the way with six goals, Tim Marks hit a hat-trick, Danny Barton, Paul Gibson and Gavin Huxall all fired doubles, with Michael Earnshaw and Simon Johnson completing the rout.

Overthorpe Reserves climbed to fourth after a Sean Hodgson hat-trick, plus a Tom Hirst tap-in, saw them win 4-2 against Club Kirkheaton (Liam Oldroyd, Craig Beggs). With Division Three leaders Dewsbury Westside not in action, second placed Gomersal West closed the gap at the top to four points after a 3-1 win at home to Cobras. Gary Amos, Jack Newsome and Tom Wightman scored for the Gomersal side. Ryan Harwood, Jack Morris and Jack Phethean all scored for Hanging Heaton Cricket Club, but they lost 5-3 at home to Town Rangers.

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