Stump keep up pursuit of leaders

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Stump Cross showed they have not given up in their pursuit of Midgley United at the top of the Haslem-Sheppard Halifax AFL with a 5-1 win away to Copley United last night.

Stump are now 10 points behind Midgley with two games in hand and boss Tony Kniveton said: “It is out of our hands and we need Midgley to slip up but we will be looking to win the rest of our games.”

The second-placed side played some decent football on a small, bobbly pitch on Savile Park and could have won far more handsomely.

Goals from rising teenage star Tom Robinson and Dan Crosland gave them a 2-0 interval lead and Stump powered five goals up through two more from Robinson and Matty Hoyle before Jack Teasdale scored a late consolation goal for Copley.

Copley remain in relegation trouble but there was good news for them from elsewhere with fellow strugglers Sowerby United and Calder ‘76 also losing.

Sowerby went down to Mark Kelsey’s goal at soon-to-be-deposed champions Elland United while a single goal was also enough at King Cross Sports Club, where Warley Rangers beat Calder.

It was a fortuitous one, a shot which may have been going wide five minutes from time hitting the heel of Matty McCambridge and beating the wrong-footed Warren Clayton.

Warley had dominated the first half without reward but Calder were better after the break and Remi Allen hit the woodwork twice during the course of the contest.

Sowerby Bridge took another step towards promotion in Division One with Michael Rigby and Raijko Jovanovic on target in a 2-1 home win over Mixenden United, who were pushed nearer the drop.

Bridge’s win was bad news for chasing Wadsworth United, who won by the same score away to Ryburn United Reserves.

Ryburn started the better and stand-in keeper Nathan Sim made a good early save. He was also relieved when Ryburn put a penalty wide in a goalless first half.

Max Crossley gave Wadsworth the lead with an excellent header from a corner but central midfielder Gaz Robertshaw equalised for the hosts.

Johnny Gibson grabbed Wadsworth’s winner entering the final quarter of the contest.

Halifax Athletic beat promotion hopefuls Hebden Royd Red Star Reserves 3-0 in Division Two while the eagerly-awaited meeting between two of the second divisions leading lights, Spring hall Celtic and Shelf FC, ended 2-2 which was good news for leaders Calder ‘76 Reserves.

Wednesday results

Premier Division: Copley United 1 (J.Teasdale), Stump Cross 5 (T.Robinson 3, D.Crossland, M.Hoyle); Elland United 1 (M.Kelsey) Sowerby United 0; Warley Rangers 1 (og) Calder 76 0.

Division One: Ryburn United Res 1 (G.Robertshaw), Wadsworth United 2 (J.Gibson, M.Crossley), Sowerby Bridge 2 (M.Rigby, R.Jovanovic), Mixenden United 1; Volunteer Arms 1 (L.Kenny, Salem 3 (Salem, T.Neville 2, N.Green).

Division Two: Halifax Athletic 3 (P.Verity J.Batley 2), Hebden Royd Red Star Res 0.

Division Three: Spring Hall Celtic 2, Shelf FC 2.