Pontefract Collieries hit goal trail in pre-season

Hat-trick: Mikey Dunn.
Hat-trick: Mikey Dunn.

Pontefract Collieries made it 20 goals from four pre-season friendlies when they enjoyed convincing warm-up victories at the Harratts Nissan Stadium.

After hitting five past Glasshoughton Welfare and Nostell MW, it did not take long for Colls to find the net against Athersley Recreation on Saturday as striker Eli Hey went through one-on-one with the keeper and made no mistake after three minutes.

New boy Adam Knight was then unlucky to hit the post before Athersley hit back to equalise in what was turning out to be a competitive warm-up.

Ponte went back ahead just before half-time when Jack Greenhough’s free-kick took a wicked deflection off the defensive wall to loop into the top corner of the net.

After the break Hey finished a fine passing move to bag his second and keeper Ryan Musselwhite ensured the two-goal lead stayed intact with a penalty save. Hey completed his hat-trick and made it 4-1 with a tap-in after an initial good save by the visitors’ keeper.

Collieries were in action again on Tuesday night when they hosted Sheffield County Senior League team Wombwell Main and ran out 6-0 winners, playing some good football on the way.

Mikey Dunn got the opener and went on to bag a hat-trick while fellow forward Vaughan Redford struck twice and summer signing Fabian Bailey was also on target.

Season tickets for Collieries’ first-ever Evo-Stik League campaign are available, priced adults £115, concessions (60+) £75 and juniors (14-17) £35.

Any inquiries or purchases can be placed with Steve Parry on 07714447454.

Ponte are hoping to see their attendances continue to grow as they have over the last three seasons with exciting football being played by an attacking side who have been among the top scorers in the country.

Ponte Colls, meanwhile, have announced that they will be partnering the Samantha Sykes Foundation Trust.

After a chance meeting with trustees Eric and Joe at an event in Wakefield with some of the club’s members, Colls went on to have further meetings and decided both organisations would be perfect for each other.

Ponte will now be planning joint events to help raise the profile of the charity and also help in raising vital cash for the brilliant work they do.

Colls trustee Trevor Waddington said: “The most important thing about this charity is that every penny raised goes straight to the people it is intended to go to, unlike many other charities where massive sums of money are paid to the CEOs before actually getting to the intended beneficiaries.

“It’s a fabulous charity run by people who care a great deal how the money is spent. We are really looking forward to working with them.”