Welcome break in sight for runaway leaders Midgley

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Midgley United are on a roll but the Christmas break still cannot come quickly enough for boss Craig Gee.

His team are in need of a fortnight off in spite of shooting nine points clear in the Halifax AFL.

Gee’s team bid to make it 10 wins from 12 league games this season when they travel to Sowerby United on Saturday.

That should be a straightforward task after Gee’s side crushed the other team in the drop zone, Elland United, by 6-0 at home last Saturday.

It was a fifth league win in a row for the 2012-2013 champions but those successes have been gained against a back drop of mounting injuries.

“At the moment we are scrambling round to get 11 players for both teams,” said Gee. “I’ll be glad when this week is over and we get two weeks off.

Last year’s top gun Tom Booth is among the players Midgley hope to have back in 2015 but for the moment Gee is concerned about the toe injury Ian Hudson suffered last weekend and also whether big Joe Gibson will be fit to return in defence on Saturday.

Gee is delighted with the way Midgley have got on with the job while other teams have been kicking their heels in worsening weather .

“We have done remarkably well considering all the injuries we have had,” he said.

“Our lead has soon crept up. We were only a few points ahead three or four weeks ago.

“It is better to have points in the bag than games in hand but there is a long way to go.”

Gee is trying to guard against complacency at Ryburn School on Saturday.

“Elland were not great up front but we haven’t played a team yet that have rolled over,” he said.

“At this time of year everybody is looking at the table and Sowerby will know they need to start picking up points.”

Midgley rolled the pitch for two hours to ensure the Elland game went ahead and were dominant from the off with Greg Spink, Jason Cartlidge and Hudson in good form.

They opened the scoring after 15 minutes when a Hudson corner was headed home by Calum Rodgers.

Good work from Spink down the left paved the way for Rob Stansfield to double the lead. Midgley’s leading scorer George Bamford struck a hat-trick in the space of 15 minutes in the second half.

Spink rounded off the scoring at the near post with five minutes left after good link-up play between himself, Bamford, Hudson and Stansfield.