Heavy Woollen League: Birkenshaw in seven heaven at top of the table

Match action from Heckmondwike SC v White Horse (SR1003/13b) PIC: Steve Riding
Match action from Heckmondwike SC v White Horse (SR1003/13b) PIC: Steve Riding
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Birkenshaw remain seven points clear at the top of the Heavy Woollen Sunday League Premier Division.

Fifth-placed Towngate were Birkenshaw’s latest opponents with goals from Andrew Wood and Michael Smith sealing a 2-0 victory.

Millbridge WMC lie second following a 2-1 win over AFC Chickenley. Kieran Corley and Liam Fox netted for Millbridge, with Sean Housecroft replying for the visitors.

Elsewhere, Dominic Simpson bagged a hat-trick as St John Fisher climbed to third with a 4-0 win at Mirfield Town. Lee McKeown hit the other.

In the Championship, Battyeford extended their lead to eight points after Danny Hickling struck the only goal of the game in a 1-0 win at lowly Hartshead. Second-placed Oakwell Motel dropped points in a 2-2 draw with FC Pack Horse. Marcus Newby and Jonny Irving netted for Pack Horse with Oakwell rescuing a point through a Jermaine Davies double.

Zak Waddington scored for Barr Street, but they could only draw 1-1 with St John Fisher Reserves, who replied through a bizarre own goal.

Taylor FC earned themselves three vital points in their battle against the drop, winning 4-2 against bottom side Gomersal.

Faizal Lambat, Ahmed Seedat, Yusuf Bham and an own goal accounted for Taylor’s tally, with Joshua Hainsworth and Andy Kaye replying for Gomersal.

The top two sides in Division One met, and it was leaders Heckmondwike Sports Club who emerged victorious with a 4-1 win over White Horse.

A George Porter brace plus one each from Ashton Vlahovic and Joe Armour saw then to victory. Heckmondwike are four points clear at the top, though White Horse have a game in hand. Bobby Campbell and Dave Blakeley scored for Saville Arms, but they could only draw 2-2 with Birkenshaw Reserves, who replied through Harry Saville and Jonny Smith.

Will Evans bagged the only goal of the game as Battyeford Reserves won 1-0 against Ravenswharfe, a result that boosts their relegation battle.

Bay Horse East Ardsley remain in the drop zone despite beating bottom side Hightown 5-2. Hat-trick hero Kyle Walker and double up Stephen Day scored for Bay Horse, with Simon Comins and Chris Senior replying for Hightown.

Second-placed Woodkirk Valley closed the gap at the top of Division Two to just two points after winning 7-1 at leaders Clifton Rangers. Matthew Moon led the way with a hat-trick, with Gavin Huxall, Jack Darrington, Mark McDermott and Will Clapham completing the scoring for Woodkirk who have three games in hand on their rivals.

Club Kirkheaton climbed to third after they comfortably won 7-2 against lowly St Ignatius. James Whyte bagged a hat-trick for Kirkheaton, who also had Jamie Maude, Craig Beggs, Delroy Campbell and Daniel Bradley on target. Tim Crabb and Bunn Darboe replied for St Ignatius.

A Matthew Dacre double, plus a Danny Stocks goal, saw Black Horse climb to fifth with a 3-0 win over Batley Celtics.

Division Three leaders Dewsbury Westside lost 3-2 at home to fourth place Cobras who had Greg Woods, with two, and Matthew Jubb on target. Second-placed Town Rangers also lost, going down 2-1 to Hanging Heaton Cricket Club thanks to Jamie Baulk’s brace. James Hutchinson netted Town’s consolation. The battle between the bottom two resulted in a 1-1 stalemate, with Jason Miller netting for Black Horse Reserves and Jack Newsome replying for Gomersal West.

Aimi Beresford bagged a decisive brace for Brighouse in the 3-2 win over Bolton Wanderers.

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