Red Star are third after big win over the bottom club

James Chadwick struck twice for Red Star
James Chadwick struck twice for Red Star

Hebden Royd Red Star have powered up to third place in the Premier Division of the Haslem Sheppard Halifax AFL after four wins on the bounce.

Three of those successes came in the league, the latest a 7-3 win over Sowerby United.

Struggling Sowerby scored first on a very heavy pitch when Dan Boyd finished after good work from Harvey Walsh and Andrew Wadsworth.

The lead lasted only five minutes, goal machine Lewis Cockroft getting Star level.

Chris Garbutt’s side then capitalised on defensive errors, some fine strikes helping them into a 5-1 lead with a brace from James Chadwick and two more from Cockroft.

Sowerby gave themselves hope when Corey Henderson and James Clegg pulled goals back. As they pressed for more they were caught out and goals from Richard Laycock and Tom Garland wrapped up the win for Red Star.

The Calder ‘76 versus Warley Rangers game was postponed but Midgley United stretched their lead at the top to five points with an astonishing home win over Shelf United by 7-6.

It looked game over when Midgley opened up a 6-2 lead but Shelf, with Billy Grogan causing plenty of problems, got it back to 6-6 before George Bamford notched a winner for the hosts with 10 minutes left.

Bamford drew first blood after five minutes, following a Toby Standring break down the right and Andrew Butterworth quickly made it 2-0 from a free kick.

However, Shelf got it back to 2-2 with a brace from young Daniel Marsden.

Midgley wasted no time in regaining the lead through Jason Cartlidge’s good header from an Ian Hudson corner.

A delicate chip from Rob Stansfield was followed by another excellent Midgley goal when a clearance found Hudson 40 yards out and his first time effort sent the ball flying into the top corner.

Bamford, Standring and Stansfield then combined for Bamford to make it 6-2 before a Grogan penalty completed the first half scoring.

Shelf’s comeback gained momentum when a cross-shot from fullback Craig Fletcher found the net for 6-4.

‘Keeper Steve Butterworth made some good saves but Shelf were in the ascendancy and roared back with their fifth from a corner. It was scored by Adie Baldwin after Danny Thornton’s header had hit the bar.

Grogan tied it up at 6-6 from a cross to the back post and the visitors looked favourites but Midgley regained their composure and Bamford got the winner from close range.

A goal from 16-year-old debutant Jake Shaw was to no avail for Midgley United Reserves, who lost 2-1 away to Ryburn United Reserves in Division One.

Calder ‘76 Reserves pushed leaders Holmfield all the way, Gav Martin getting their goal in a 2-1 away defeat.

Hebden Royd Red Star Reserves drew 2-2 away to Salem Reserves in Division Two. Jake Grannan and Keir Watkinson scored.