Football: United back in pole position

Sowerby United returned to the top of the Premier Division with a comfortable 3-1 win away to Warley Rangers on Savile Park.

The visitors were on the offensive from the off with man of the match Liam Brompton and Lee Thomas running the midfield.

The breakthrough came in the 17th minute when Carl Maguire picked out John Wilkinson, who spotting the keeper off his line and chipped home from fully 30 yards.

Sowerby soon doubled their lead when Ryan Brook's delightful header sent Lee Barber racing clear and the big striker coolly tucked the ball into the corner.

Warley then enjoyed a good spell with Johnny Brownridge standing out but they could not find a way past the impressive Dan Taylor and Adam Kershaw.

A long range effort from Dave Maguire was expertly tipped round the post by Rajko Jovanovic in the Sowerby goal and midway through the second half Paul Kendall saw his spot kick brilliantly saved by the keeper.

This spurred Sowerby and when Taylor's long throw was played back to him by Brook the talented centre back curled in a beautiful shot from 25 yards to make it 3-0.

Warley got a consolation in the closing minutes when they were awarded another penalty, this time Dave Maguire made no mistake. This was an impressive Sowerby display with fullbacks Carl Maguire and Andrew Wadsworth getting forward well and Phil Whiteley impressive in midfield.

Midgley United have more than doubled their points tally in the space of eight days, following up their win over Halifax Irish Centre with a hard-fought 2-1 home success over Stump Cross.

They got off to a flying start with a goal in the first five minutes, Ryan Jeffreys breaking down the right and squaring for George Bamford, who scored at the second attempt in tricky conditions.

Stump dominated for the next 20 minutes and Dan Crosland, who was running the show in midfield at this stage, made it 1-1.

Play was even up to half time but Midgley, with James Adey to the fore and Jason Cartlidge man marking Crosland, stepped up a gear after the break.

The winner came midway through the second half from Bamford following good work from Rick Bottomley down the right. The striker turned and drilled the ball into the bottom corner.

Crosland hit the bar for Stump but Midgley defended solidly to move above their rivals and go fourth from bottom.

More reports from the weekend's amateur football in Tuesday's Courier