Rampant Midgley shoot clear

Calum Rodgers for Midgley and Michael Priestley (orange)  for Copley on Saturday
Calum Rodgers for Midgley and Michael Priestley (orange) for Copley on Saturday

Only two games survived the wet weather on Saturday in the Haslem Sheppard Halifax AFL and they produced contrasting matches.

Midgley United stormed into a five-point lead at the top of the Premier with a 10-0 slamming of Copley United on Savile Park while West Central boosted their Division Three promotion hopes with a stunning fightback to beat Savile Arms 5-4 on the 3G pitch at Calderdale College.

Reigning champions Midgley, much improved since losing five in a row in the autumn, were ruthless against third-from-bottom Copley, who had conceded less than three goals a game in the first half of their programme.

Conditions may have been poor but the performance warmed boss Craig Gee, who said: “We totally demolished them - we played very well.

“We are looking fit and strong so we fancy our chances against anyone.”

George Bamford proved his fitness after injury with five of the goals and Gee added: “For the first 10 minutes there was nothing in it but we scored two goals in two minutes and that was it.”

Midgley scored five times in each half, Bamford setting the ball rolling from Calum Rodgers’ cross.

An Andrew Butterworth penalty was followed by a close range finish from Tom Booth. James Adey fired home the next from the edge of the 18-yard box and Bamford netted again before the break.

Bamford scored two cracking goals after the interval, cashing in on good work from Jamie Coward and Adey.

Coward made it 8-0, Booth beat a man and drilled home his second and Bamford appropriately had the last word with a low shot across the ‘keeper.

West Central are unbeaten on their artificial pitch this season, although they believe the excellent surface suits any side capable of stringing passes together.

Against Savile, two youthful sides played some fast-paced football in a game handled well by referee Roger Smith.

Central’s prospects didn’t look bright when Savile - just below them in the table - took a 2-0 interval lead and added a third with their goals coming from set pieces.

West Central hit back through Awais Haroon and Lamin Janneh Jnr but Savile replied with another goal to make it 4-2.

Central began to dominate possession and started to take their chances. Second goals from Janneh and Haroon brought them level and substitute Bilal Sheraz capped a fine recovery by his side with the winner.

Adam Goldthorpe and Connah Judson scoring twice each for the visitors.

West Central are now one point behind second-placed Shelf FC from the same number of games.