George is Midgley’s hat-trick king

Out of my way: Midgley United's Andrew Smith gets a shove from  Sowerby United's Dan Crosland in Saturday's 6-0 win for Midgley
Out of my way: Midgley United's Andrew Smith gets a shove from Sowerby United's Dan Crosland in Saturday's 6-0 win for Midgley

George Bamford will be looking to continue a ‘goalden’ run when Haslem-Sheppard Halifax AFL leaders Midgley United travel to play Copley United on Saturday.

The hit-man has struck hat-tricks in three successive home games, against Brighouse Sports, West Central and Sowerby United.

Copley have been scoring and conceding plenty recently so it would be no surprise if Bamford maintained his free-scoring ways on Savile Park.

Bamford’s latest salvo came in a 6-0 thrashing of Sowerby United, who are bottom of the Premier Division, last Saturday.

The game was even in the opening stages but the home side then got well on top with Jason Cartlidge and Ian Hudson bossing the midfield.

Bamford opened the scoring midway through the first half and the crucial second goal came in the last minute of the half with Tom Rawnsley finding space to double Midgley’s lead.

Sowerby could not be faulted for effort but Midgley made the game safe with a Joe Elwin goal before two stunning strikes from Bamford poured more misery on the visitors.

Andrew Butterworth wrapped up the scoring with a late goal.

Midgley boss Craig Gee was pleased with a dominant display and praised Bamford, who is having to operate without his regular strike partner Tom Booth, a long-term injury absentee.

“He is in good shape. He’s fit and strong, playing well and full of confidence,” said Gee.

“There is a lot of responsibility resting on him. Rob Stansfield has been playing up front with him for most of the season and he has done very well but he was unavailable last Saturday.”

An away game is something of a novelty for Midgley, who have played eight on the bounce at home after opening the season with a 4-0 win away to Hebden Royd Red Star.

That run includes a 7-2 victory over Copley, who are likely to pose more of a threat with ground advantage and strike ace Gary Ash back from injury.

Midgley will be close to full strength although Calum Rodgers is likely to need another week to fully recover from an ankle injury.