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It’s too early for title talk - Midgley boss

MIDGLEY United boss Craig Gee is keeping his feet firmly on the ground after the superb 4-3 home win over Halifax AFL leaders Stump Cross.

United were 3-2 down entering the closing stages against a side which had won five out of five in the Premier this season but Jason Cartlidge equalised and George Bamford scored a fine winner with seven minutes left.

Victory moved Midgley to within two points of the table toppers with a game in hand and now only they and Warley Rangers - who have drawn all their four matches - are unbeaten.

Gee’s men have made an excellent return to the Premier, having won Division One by a seven-point margin last season, but the manager isn’t getting carried away after just five games.

“We’re delighted with the way we have started but we’ll look seriously at the situation when everybody has played each other once, around Christmas time,” he said.

“Everyone is training and doing a bit extra themselves - it’s a happy camp at the moment.”

Gee is aware that things can turn very quickly in amateur football, particularly with an inexperienced squad.

“We’ve got a very young side and we’ve got to keep learning, which we are doing,” he said.

Looking back on Saturday’s contest Gee said: “It was a very big win. It was a cracking game for the neutral but nerve wracking for anyone involved. “

After an even start Midgley started to get on top with frontrunners Bamford and Tom Booth troubling Stump with their pace and strength.

They took the lead midway through the half, good work from Calum Rogers and James Adey paving the way from Booth to break down the right, cut inside a defender and finish.

Stump’s best player Matthew Hoyle equalised following a free kick from the left to make it 1-1 at the break.

Midgley had looked the stronger team but Stump had the upper hand in the early stages of the second half and took the lead from a set piece, Hoyle flicking on and Ben Hiley heading in.

Rogers headed Midgley level on 65 minutes but Stump pressed. Steve Butterworth made a couple of fine saves but was beaten when the luckless Joe Gibson headed into his own goal.

Cartlidge made it 3-3 from Booth’s assist before Bamford muscled his way through the Stump defence and hit a cracking shot into the top corner.

HALIFAX AFL - Premier Division

P W D L F A Pts

Stump Cross 6 5 0 1 23 7 15

Midgley Utd 5 4 1 0 19 10 13

Ryburn Utd 6 4 0 2 21 14 12

Sowerby Utd 7 2 2 3 16 19 8

Elland Utd 6 2 1 3 10 13 7

Copley Utd 6 2 1 3 14 22 7

Calder '76 4 2 0 2 13 7 6

Holmfield AFC 7 1 2 4 13 20 5

Greetland AFC 5 1 2 2 8 15 5

Warley Rangers 4 0 4 0 12 12 4

Shelf Utd 4 0 1 3 6 16 1

Division One

P W D L F A Pts

Hebden Royd 7 6 1 0 21 7 19

Sowerby Bridge 7 6 0 1 31 16 18

Stainland Utd 8 5 0 3 23 22 15

Denholme Utd 7 4 1 2 31 22 13

Volunteer Arms 7 4 0 3 19 18 12

Elland Allstars 7 3 1 3 19 19 10

Salem 8 3 0 5 20 27 9

Wadsworth Utd 6 2 2 2 13 13 8

Mixenden Utd 8 2 2 4 15 17 8

Northowram 8 2 2 4 22 25 8

Hx Irish Centre 7 2 0 5 20 34 6

Ryburn Utd Res 8 0 1 7 16 30 1

 

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