Midgley wary of bogey side Sowerby in quest to go top

Greg Spink  was a Midgley scorer last Saturday
Greg Spink was a Midgley scorer last Saturday

Midgley United boss Craig Gee is hoping two easy home wins against lower-division opponents will have restored confidence ahead of Saturday’s return to Premier Division action in the Halifax AFL.

United backed up their 4-1 Halifax FA Cup success over Brighouse Sports with a 6-1 victory of another Division Two side, West Central, in the the Challenge Cup.

Midgley had previously lost to Warley and Stump Cross in the league, after winning their opening four fixtures, and they could go top by beating visitors Sowerby United on Saturday.

“Hopefully we will have got a bit of confidcence back from two comfortable wins,” said Gee.“We have played some decent football and got back into good habits again.”

Sowerby are bottom but inflicted a couple of painful defeats on Midgley in the league and Challenge Cup last October. Gee is happy the calendar will have been flipped over to November for this weekend’s meeting.

“We did struggle against them last year,” he said.

Gee had no new injuries to report from Saturday’s game and was running the rule over the players who turned out for Hollins Holme on Sunday at training this week.

West Central turned up 35 minutes late for the Challenge Cup contest and their disorganisation was reflected on the pitch as Midgley strolled into a 5-0 interval lead, aided by a George Bamford hat-trick in the opening 25 minutes.

Toby Standring broke through on the right and made the most of the space allowed him to start the scoring after five minutes.

Rob Stansfield paved the way for Bamford to open his account and the front man then cashed in on Jason Cartlidge’s header to go through and score.

A Bamford penalty was followed by a Greg Spink finish following good work from Stansfield down the left.

West Central battled better down the slope in the second half but Ian Hudson wrong-footed a defender and then the ‘keeper to make it 6-0.

West Central got one back through Saad Hussain and there was no addition to the scoreline in the last 20 minutes, Stansfield and Jordan Dean going close for the hosts.

A further boost for Midgley was a second successive away win for the reserves.

They followed up a 4-0 win at Stainland in Division One by knocking holders Shelf FC out of the Invitation Cup. Midgley won 3-2, James Balmforth scoring a hat-trick.