Midgley can focus on Shay date after league finale

Midgley's Rob Stansfield with Stump's Kai Hadley last Saturday
Midgley's Rob Stansfield with Stump's Kai Hadley last Saturday

Midgley United play their last match before their long-awaited Shay final appearance when they travel to face Shelf United on Saturday.

It will be a final Premier Division game of an ultimately disappointing campaign for Craig Gee’s men with their honours hopes hit by injury.

Midgley were beaten 4-0 by title chasing Stump Cross last Saturday when they suffered more of the misfortune which has dogged them all season.

Andrew Butterworth’s sixth-minute dismissal for retaliation was a problem of their own making but ‘keeper James Brooks’ dislocated finger and Tom Booth’s hamstring injury were not.

Substitute winger Ryan Jefferies went in goal for the second half and was beaten only by Adam Barlow’s drive.

Tom Robinson, an Andy Wilkinson own goal and Kai Hadley had scored in the opening 35 minutes.

The match leaves Gee with more injury concerns ahead of the Challenge Cup final against Warley on May 13 but he will be hoping both Brooks and Booth recover.

Gee said the season had been one long nightmare and he would be glad when it was over.

However, things will seem much better if Midgley can lift the cup and the club has a second chance with the reserves in the Invitation Cup final against Ryburn Reserves at FC Halifax Town’s home on May 6.

Shelf have had a punishing end to the season with three or four games a week and they are destined for a mid-table finish.

Gee said: “Hopefully we can beat Shelf on Saturday and then we have two weeks to prepare for the final.”