Heavy Woollen League: Birkenshaw edge into the top six after slender home success over Mirfield Town

Heavy Woollen League from Birstall St Patricks v St John Fisher Reserves.
Heavy Woollen League from Birstall St Patricks v St John Fisher Reserves.
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After a lengthy break owing to both the weather and the festive holidays, the Heavy Woollen Sunday League swung back into action last weekend.

In the Premier Division, Birkenshaw won 3-2 at home to second-place Mirfield Town thanks to strikes from Dale Wright, Ben Smith and Phil Bell.

Mirfield replied through Gibril Bojang and Niall Raymond in a result that sees Birkenshaw rise to sixth place.

Luke Sherman fired a hat-trick as Millbridge WMC won 4-1 at Mount Pleasant. Matt Durkin bagged the other with Mohammed Patel replying for Mount.

Andrew Pickles hit a brace as fourth-placed Woodman Batley Carr out-did third-placed Woodkirk Valley, 3-2. Jonny Walton completed their scoring, with Jack Darrington and Stephen Day replying for Woodkirk.

Overthorpe Sports Club won their first league game of the season with a 2-1 win over Oakwell Motel. Andy Bates scored twice in the first half to put the home side in control, but Jay Elliott pulled one back late in the game, in which Overthorpe’s veteran goalkeeper John Hiscocks was outstanding.

Navigation lead the Championship by four points after they won 5-1 at Navigation, thanks to a double from Lamin Bojang, plus strikes from Rob McCall, Lee Bennett and Daniel Stephenson. Bottom side Ravenswharfe replied through Danny Creavan. Clifton Rangers lie second after they won 7-2 at Town Rangers.

Dominic Simpson, Connor Kirkby, Connor Gissing, George Gavaghan and Charlie Frear all scored as third-place St John Fisher Reserves won 5-3 at Birstall St Patricks, who replied through an Alex Howdle brace and a Tom Williams strike.

Sam Buswell hit the only goal of the game as Marsh climbed to fifth place with a 1-0 win at Hartshead.

In Division One, Hanging Heaton Cricket Club are five points clear after their 7-0 win at Batley Celtics courtesy of a hat-trick from Scott Lightowler, a double from Tom Ramadan, plus goals from Chris Goodair and James Keen.

Battyeford moved up to third after Joe Green hit four goals in a 7-4 win over Scholes Athletic.

Andy Feeney (2) and Jamie Brannan hit the others, with Scholes replying through doubles from Gavin Jones and Jonny Irvine.

FC Liversedge drop to fourth place after drawing 2-2 with Clifton Rangers Reserves thanks to goals from Danny Fawcett and Chris Trott.

Old Bank WMC lead Division Two by six points after winning 7-1 at Six Lane Ends.

Stephen Browne nabbed a hat-trick for Old Bank, who also had Robert Evans (2), Tom Frizzell and Joshua Cooke on target.

Batley Irish Nash are in second spot following a 6-1 win at Clifton Rangers A.

Elliott Williams hit a brace for Nash, who also had Lee Ryan, Tom Yarnold, Jason Campbell and David O’Keefe on target.

Clifton replied through Wazeem Javed.

Munir Majeed hit a hat-trick for Snowdon in a 7-0 win over Overthorpe Sports Club Reserves.

Irfan Ali collected a brace for Snowdon, who also had Shakeel Pandor and a Martin Firth own goal on the score sheet.