Woodman reach Premier Summit

WOODMAN Batley Carr are the new leaders in the Heavy Woollen Sunday League Premier Division after Nicki Croisedale was amongst the scorers in a 2-1 win at struggling AFC Chickenley. 

The hosts had Simon Moffatt’s late strike as a consolation.

Woodman are three points clear of Woodkirk Valley and Mirfield Town, neither of whom were in action on Sunday.

Oakwell Motel earned three vital points in their battle against relegation after Jonny Beverley bagged a hat-trick in a 6-4 win over Birkenshaw.

Reece Scholes (two) and Lee Heppenstall hit the others, with Birkenshaw replying through a Dale Wright double, plus strikes from Liam Fox And Jonny Bullivant. Dominic Simpson hit four goals as St John Fisher Reserves moved one point clear at the top of the Championship with an 8-1 victory over bottom side Ravenswharfe.

Jake Gibson, Rob Mallender, Scott Molloy and Claude Dawkins hit the others with Ravenswharfe replying through Salim Iqbal.

Previous table-toppers Navigation had Dave Blakeley on target twice but went down 5-2 at Hartshead, who scored through a Rob Johnson hat-trick, plus efforts from Dan Laidlaw and Alex Barnes.

Scott Minto hit a hat-trick for Birstall St Patricks in their 5-5 draw with Town Rangers to leave them eight points clear of the drop zone.

Alex Howdle bagged the others with Rangers replying through James Hutchinson, Dale Bain, Danny Berry, Scott Thornton and Lee Breen.

With leaders Hanging Heaton Cricket Club having completed all their Division One fixtures, the chasing pack are playing catch up.

The Yorkshireman blew their title chances after losing 4-0  at Battyeford, who can still clinch the title if they win all their remaining games.

FC Liversedge climbed to fourth place after they had Jack Brook’s double to thank for a 2-1 win over bottom side Birkenshaw Reserves, who had Nathan Foster on target.

Josh Wood hit four goals as Punch Bowl won 6-3 at Batley Celtics. Gary Holmes and Lawrence Balmforth hit the others with Brad Jackson (two) and Will Newsome replying for Celtics.

In Division Two Saville Arms are eight points behind leaders Old Bank WMC with two games in hand following a 5-1 win over Field Head.

Saville’s scorers were Patrick Davies, James Damon, Danny Damon, Lewis Tolson and Jordan Walton.

The mid-table clash between Six Lane Ends and Overthorpe Sports Club Reserves ended in a 1-1 draw. Six Lane Ends opened the scoring thanks to Kane Grogan’s spectacular 35-yard shot, but Overthorpe replied in the second half through Steve Jordan’s deft header.

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