Hiley’s last-minute Warley winner a sickener for Midgley after fightback

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Halifax AFL leaders Midgley United suffered a third defeat of the season when beaten 5-4 by Warley Rangers at West Vale last Saturday.

Midgley stormed back from 4-1 down with 15 minutes left to drew level, only for Tom Hiley to score a 90th-minute winner for the hosts to complete his hat-trick.

Rangers made a typical fast start and took the lead on 10 minutes when Carlton Balmer poked the ball in.

Hiley missed a golden chance for a second as Warley dominated but Midgley eventually got into their stride and Andrew Butterworth made the most of a Toby Standring knock-down to equalise.

Balmer’s curling effort struck the inside of a post and Ian Hudson firing just wide at the other end.

Hiley latched on to Balmer’s pass to restore Warley’s lead and Balmer made it 3-1 with an exquisite chip. Hiley added to Midgley’s woes from an acute angle,

Midgley stormed back through Tom Rawnsley, Calum Rodgers and Andrew Butterworth to make it 4-4.

In a fractious finish, Hiley’s brave diving header settled it.

Midgley United Reserves are fifth in Division One after a 4-2 home win over Halifax Irish Centre.

A towering back post header from Matthew Thompson gave Midgley an early lead with Darren Nelson the provider.

Tom Booth netted on his return from a broken ankle and he headed his second early in the second half from Nelson’s perfectly placed cross.

James Yates made it 4-0 but Midgley’s hopes of a clean sheet after a strong showing from their back four were dashed by a quick double from Irish’s first team boss Chris Ellerby, the first from a thunderous shot.