Stansfield goal keeps Midgley on right track

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Midgley United maintained their three point lead at the top of the Halifax AFL Premier Division with a 1-0 win at Copley United.

The scoreline did not reflect the performance as Midgley had chances to add to their scoreline but were denied by four excellent saves from the Copley keeper.

In contrast the hosts were restricted to half chances with Gary Ash presented with the best of them.

The breakthough came in the second half when Toby Standring and George Bamford set up Rob Stansfield who finished smartly from 12 yards.

Copley never gave up but Midgley had enough talent on the field to see off any threat.

Midgley now turn their attention to this weekend’s Halifax FA Cup clash at Mixenden United with boss Craig Gee insisting his side have to be on top of their game.

“We will go into the game as favourites because of our superior league position,” said Gee.

“However, we are going to have to be on our guard because Mixenden are a good side and it is going to be an extremely difficult tie.”

Matthew Thompson netted the winner as Midgley United Reserves edged to a deserved 2-1 win at Stainland United in Division One.

James Balmforth was the other Midgley player on target.

Calder 76s’ second string were hampered by the weather with their scheduled Division One game against AFC Crossleys being postponed.