Woodman remain the team to catch

WOODMAN Batley Carr lead the Heavy Woollen Sunday League Premier Division by two points following an exciting 5-4 win at fellow title hopefuls Mirfield Town. 

Andrew Pickles fired a hat-trick for Woodman with Ryan Simmons and Joe Rhodes also finding the net.

Oliver Rounding, Michael Rounding, Adam Brown and Niall Wood replied for Town, who slip to fourth place.

Woodkirk Valley lie second after they hammered struggling AFC Chickenley 8-0 thanks to four goals from Christy Woods, plus strikes from Jonny Downey, Danny Barton, David Murphy and Stuart Dodd.

Rob Boardman bagged a magnificent seven goals as St John Fisher recorded an 11-1 win over lowly Mount Pleasant.

Matthew Bugg, Irfane Khan and Richard Newman hit the others as Fisher move to third place, four points behind the leaders but with seven games in hand.

Jack Rogerson hit a hat-trick as Birkenshaw won 5-2 at bottom side Overthorpe Sports Club. Joel Farrar and Liam Fox claimed the others, with Overthorpe replying through Lee Davey and Lewis Ward.

Championship leaders Navigation won 2-0 at home to previous leaders St John Fisher Reserves while Heckmondwike Sports Club climbed to second after a Joe Armour hat-trick, plus one from Ross Palfreman, saw off the challenge of bottom side Ravenswharfe in a 4-0 victory.

Alex Barnes hit the only goal of the game as Hartshead moved to within two points of the leaders with a 1-0 win at Town Rangers.

Birstall St Patricks enjoyed an 8-0 win over fellow strugglers Deighton WMC thanks to an Alex Howdle hat-trick, plus strikes from Matthew Glynn, Jean-Marie Julienne, Tom Williams and Matthew Orme.

With Division One leaders Hanging Heaton Cricket Club having completed all their fixtures Battyeford are the only side who can snatch the title from them, and they kept up the chase with a 9-2 win at Birkenshaw Reserves.

Joe Green led the way with five goals, with Ashley Harper and John MacDonald weighing in with two apiece.

Dale Motlib and John Worsnop replied for Birkenshaw.

Clifton Rangers Reserves lie in fourth place after they won 2-0 at home to FC Liversedge, while Gareth Jones fired a hat-trick in Scholes Athletic’s 6-4 win over Punch Bowl.

Mick Hutton and Jonny Irvine hit the others, with Bradley Balmforth, Joshua Wood, Nathan Williams and an own goal replying for Punch Bowl.

Division Two leaders Old Bank WMC were leading their game 4-1 against Six Lane Ends but the match was abandoned after 64 minutes after a serious injury.

Saville Arms are eight points behind in second place after goals from Saul Lee, Lewis Tolson, Alex Wilson and Alex Shaw saw them win 4-1 against Snowdon.

Rose of York have a chance of overhauling Old Bank after they recorded the biggest score of the weekend with a 16-0 win at bottom side Shire.

Matthew Bolton led the way with six goals for Rose who also had Nathan Rogerson (hat-trick), Dean Vernon (two), Taylor Biggins, Reiss Brook, James Kenworthy, Nathan McDaid and Adam Wells on target.

Elsewhere Field Head won 2-1 at Clifton Rangers A to move up to eighth place.

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