Bradford Sunday Alliance Championship: Prospect 0 Crossflatts Village 6

PROSPECT will be glad to see the back of Colin Schofield after the pacey front man followed up his hat-trick against them in the League Cup quarter-finals a fortnight ago, with another triple at the Woodhall Sports Pavillion.

Man-of-the-match Schofield, who was backed up by a timely return to goal-scoring form by club captain Matthew Bentham, dispatched two spot-kicks without any fuss.

And there was another strike from marauding right back George Clark, who scored for the third game running as Kevin Gill’s side won at a canter against their promotion rivals.

After a relatively quiet start to the season, 23-year-old Schofield is now firing all cylinders and he puts the upturn in form down to a new fitness regime.

The in-form forward said: “I have to admit that I was a bit unfit at the start of the season. I was going out partying too much on Saturday nights, but the gaffer pulled me to one side and told me to pull my finger out, get fit, stay sober on Saturdays and to start playing to my full potential – and I think I am starting to do that now.

"He has also given me a training plan to keep to so that I am at my optimum fitness levels on a Sunday morning. I am not at my peak yet. There is still plenty more to come from me.”

Manager Kevin Gill heaped praise on Schofield, saying: “Colin was unplayable on Sunday. He’s the best front man in the league on his day and now he’s back to full fitness, he’s become a very consistent performer. That’s two hat-tricks in two games and ten goals in the last ten games. At this rate he should get over 30 this season.”

Gill went on to praise some other members of his team, including 49-year-old Ronnie Cartwright.

The boss said: "He rolled back the years once again with another tenacious midfield display. He really is the Peter Pan of Sunday league football although he did well to miss a chance from two yards out.

"George Clark once again found the back of the net and Bentham found his scoring boots again. Goals are coming from everywhere at the moment and it is great to see.”

Village captain Bentham was back to his best after a few quiet games. The midfield maestro has been linked to Farsley Celtic again after they showed early interest at the start of the season, and he is waiting for a call back from their manager Adam Lakeland to discuss a player-coaching role.

The veteran play-maker said: “I’ll be the first to admit that the interest from Farsley Celtic in August went to my head a bit and my form has dipped a bit since then, but it is back to where it should be now. Even if the Farsley Celtic deal goes through, I will still turn out for Village on Sundays when I can.”

Gill has his eyes on a couple more centre-backs to strengthen his squad, with his side chasing silverware on four fronts.

He said: “I am still not fully fit after pulling my hamstring a few months ago so we might need some more cover at the back. We are still in all three cups and in with a shout of winning the league and we will need to cover in the heart of our defence.”

Village now sit second in the Championship as they turn their attention to the West Riding County FA Sunday Cup this weekend when they travel to Mainline Social for their third-round clash.