Midgley confident for return to Premier action

Midgley United return to league action in the Halifax AFL this weekend with the club buoyant after an impressive 3-1 Halifax FA Saturday Cup win away to Ryburn United five days ago.

Craig Gee’s side not only beat their highly-rated Premier Division rivals to reach the last eight but could have done so by a much bigger margin had Ryburn ‘keeper Ashley Raynor not performed heroics.

Midgley, second in the league, host sixth-placed Warley Rangers tomorrow and Gee said: “We fancy facing anyone at the moment - we are playing very well and everyone is confident.”

United have a few fitness issues - George Bamford and Ryan Jeffries missed the Ryburn trip and James Adey is playing with two cracked ribs.

However, it didn’t show as Midgley’s midfield quartet of Jason Cartlidge, Liam Brook, Greg Spink and Adey dominated midfield on a heavily-sanded pitch at Ripponden which was only just playable.

Midgley were two up in 15 minutes, Darren Nelson threading the ball through for Tom Booth to open the scoring and Nelson then hitting a fine shot into the top corner after good work from Andy Butterworth and Booth.

Raynor denied Booth and Nelson while there was one scare for the visitors, Christian Silkstone pulling his shot wide.

In the second half Raynor denied Booth twice and Nelson in the space of a few seconds, but Calum Rogers made it 3-0 from close range from Nelson’s corner.

Raynor continued to keep the score down, denying Andy Butterworth from a free kick, before Rob Gerrard got a late consolation for Ryburn.