An up-and-down week for Joynes

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At last: the sun shone, the teams played football and the crowds turned out!

Almost 900 fans watched the NCEL Premier Division’s tengames, while we had three winners and two draws out of our eight matches, with one again not playing.

And the next seven days sees another strong run of outstanding games to bring out the fans once again.

In the Evo-Stik Premier Division, Stocksbridge Park failed again to bring in much needed points when they lost 3-0 to the club below them in the table, Stafford Rangers.

Nathan Joynes was sent off, to compound Steels’ misery, and it got worse on Monday night when they visited free-scoring Ilkeston Town and lost again, this time 6-1.

Joynes made amends somewhat with their only goal, and on Saturday they visit Sandy Lane for a derby game against Worksop Town before hosting Barwell next Tuesday.

I was at The Coach and Horses ground last Saturday, to watch Sheffield FC. play at home for the first time in almost three months.

And after spurning a number of good chances, they were held to a goalless draw against Carlton Town.

On Tuesday I saw them entertain Bedworth United in an extraordinary game.

Club went behind after six minutes, before hitting back to lead 4-1 with Zeph Thomas hitting a hat-trick.

But after being reduced to ten men, Bedworth hit three goals in the final five minutes to snatch a 4-4 draw.

On Saturday Ian Whitehorne is hoping his squad can beat a strong Romulous side, before facing Newcastle Town next Tuesday in a fourth straight home game.

In the Toolstation NCEL, one of many outstanding matches came at Sandygate where Hallam held the First Division leaders Bottesford Town to a superb 2-2 draw, despite having Laurence sent off.

On Saturday they are at home again, for the visit of second placed Cleethorpes Town, before they host bottom club Louth United next Tuesday. Worsbrough Bridge won for the first time in nine outings when they beat Selby Town 3-2, with White (2) and Podmore hitting the net.

The win moved them up to ninth in the table with games in hand, and they visit Clipstone Welfare on Saturday before entertaining Rossington Main next Tuesday.

Dinnington Town had a bad weekend: they had burglars on Friday and lost 1-0 at home on Saturday against Clipstone, which leaves them one place above the relegation zone.

On Saturday they travel to Teversal and next Tuesday they host Yorkshire Amateurs.

In the Premier Division Parkgate looked to sailing to another shock, but deserved, win when goals by Scott Whittington, Piers Bond and Reece Wesley gave them a three goal lead inside 36 minutes.

But visitors Bridlington Town hit back to win a topsy turvy game 4-3. Then on Tuesday, the Steelmen visited Brighouse Town and lost 4-0. On Saturday, with only one win in eight matches, they travel to Glasshoughton Welfare.

Maltby Main had their best win for many years when they travelled to third placed Basford United and enjoyed a convincing 5-0 victory, courtesy of Jordan (2), Cusworth, Mackey and an own goal. On Saturday they entertain next to bottom club Lincoln Moorlands.

The unfortunate Worksop Parramores were the only club not to play last Saturday, with Thackley’s pitch underwater.

So with still 16 matches and a cup tie to play, they again have no game on Saturday but entertain a strong Albion Sports next Tuesday at Sandy Lane.

Staveley’s young side had a dramatic game last Saturday when they visited Liversedge and shared six goals by half time, before running out 5-3 winners.

On Saturday they entertain a very good Pickering Town and then next Wednesday they try again to entertain lowly Winterton Rangers after the first game was abandoned nine minutes from time because of the storms a few weeks ago.