Heavy Woollen League: Thornhill upset formbook to surprise table toppers

Kyle Tomey, left, scores for Woodkirk ('100368a). PIC: Steve Riding
Kyle Tomey, left, scores for Woodkirk ('100368a). PIC: Steve Riding
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Premier Division leaders Birkenshaw suffered only their second league defeat of the season as they lost 3-2 at home to Thornhill Lees.

Tom Ormondroyd and Jonjo Haley netted for Birkenshaw, but a Scott Hargreaves double, plus one from James Wilson, earned Lees all three points. Nine points behind in second place are St John Fisher, who swapped places with Millbridge WMC after beating them 3-2. Two from Dominic Simpson and a Lee McKeown strike was enough for Fisher, with Millbridge replying through a Luke Sherman brace. Woodman Batley Carr eased their relegation fears after a Lee Brook brace and an Andrew Pickles goal beat bottom side Mirfield Town 3-1.

In the Championship, Taylor earned a massive three points in their battle against the drop after Aamir Navsarka (two), Faizal Lambat, Ahmed Bodiyat and Yusuf Akudi all scored in a 5-4 win over Birstall St Patricks in a result that relegates bottom side Gomersal. Hartshead also look to be heading for the trapdoor after they lost 4-1 at Barr Street thanks to goals from Luke Sansby (brace), Daniel Stuart and Lewis Tolson.

Heckmondwike Sports Club clinched the Division One title in fine style after beating bottom side Hightown. Goals from Ashton Vlahovic (two), Adam Rhodes, Ross Palframan and an own goal saw off the challenge of Hightown, who are relegated to Division Two. Sam Hewitt bagged a hat-trick for Ravenswharfe as they moved three points clear of the drop zone with a 4-2 win against second placed White Horse. Lee Poskitt grabbed the other with White Horse replying through Darren Williams and Jamie Pearson. Bay Horse East Ardsley also earned three vital points in their relegation battle after Joe Bedford (two), Craig Fairbrass, Michael Day, Scott Stephenson and Darren Oates all netted in a 6-3 win at Saville Arms, who replied through Dave Blakeley (brace) and Ryan Fenton.

In Division Two, the two leading teams both secured promotion on Sunday. Leaders Woodkirk Valley dismantled Overthorpe Sports Club Reserves 6-0 thanks to a Michael Earnshaw hat-trick, two from Jack Darrington and one from Daniel Barton in a match where Mark McDermott was outstanding. Clifton Rangers are a point back in second spot after strikes from Matthew Shaw, Anthony McMahon and Bradley Birkhead saw them win 3-1 against Black Horse (own goal).

Punch Bowl are third after Nathan Clarke bagged a hat-trick in a 6-3 win over Club Kirkheaton. Liam Curtis (brace) and Ryan Foster hit the others with Delroy Campbell and Liam Oldroyd replying for the Huddersfield side. Dean Comins (hat-trick) and James Crines (two) wre on target as Scholes Athletic won 5-2 at lowly Batley Celtics, who replied through a Danny Farnhill brace.

The top two sides in Division Three met, and ended up all square with Town Rangers and Dewsbury Westside drawing 2-2.

The highest score of the day came at Batley where Cobras hammered Gomersal West 11-1. Greg Woods led the way with six goals, Joshua Sheldrake bagged two, with Brandon Yates, Dominic Cleghorn and Matthew Jubb also on target.

Oakwell Motel won through to the Heavy Woollen Challenge Cup final after goals from Johnny Beverley and Jordan Midwood saw them lead AFC Chickenley 2-0 at half time. Janos Hadju pulled one back but Oakwell hung on for a deserved victory. Oakwell will meet Millbridge WMC in the final at Ossett Albion on April 23, kick off 7.45.

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