Barren weekend for local sides as poor weather takes its toll

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Last Saturday will be remembered by our fans as the day we had everything - apart from goals and points, of course.

On a day of wind, thunder, rain and lightning, only two of our clubs played and the results were significant.

This Saturday sees the start of a February month that promises to be a tough time for our clubs, with many issues to be decided.

In the Toolstation North Counties East Leagues First Division, Hallam kick off their six-match month on Saturday when they entertain Knaresborough Town.

Next Tuesday, new club Dronfield Town are the visitors - and manager Chris Sellars knows six points are vital, having taken only one from their last three matches.

Worsbrough Bridge, without a win in seven games, have a seven match month and I will be at Park Road on Tuesday as they entertain title favourites Cleethorpes Town - the first of four home games in the month.

Dinnington Town look safe, despite being only one spot above the two relegation places. But they cannot be complacent: this Saturday, they face a tough trip to Eccleshill United. That kicks off a five-match month which sees them on the road three times.

In the Premier Division, Worksop Parramore visited Pickering Town last Saturday and, despite playing well, they crashed to a shock 3-1 defeat.

Their Tuesday clash with bottom club Nostell Miners Welfare was rained off.

In the second game of an eight match month, they entertain neighbours Parkgate on Saturday. Next Tuesday, they host Heanor Town.

Last Wednesday, I watched Staveley play very poorly in a 2-1 defeat at home to Long Eaton United.

They now have two successive games in a row on the road. On Saturday they travel to Glasshoughton Welfare, and visit Long Eaton United next Wednesday.

Maltby Main begin their month at home on Saturday, when they entertain a strong Thackley side.

I was due to visit Green Lane on Tuesday for Retford United’s visit to Parkgate, but that game, too, fell victim to the weather.

On Saturday they face a very difficult trip to neighbours Worksop Parramore.

At Green Lane on Tuesday, it gets no easier as they face another title favourite in Brighouse Town.

Our seven clubs face 39 matches in February, a big toll for our players - who, don’t forget, work during the day!

I visited Evo-Stik Premier Division side Stocksbridge Park last Saturday. The drainage system at their Look Local Stadium was in top class form, but the same cannot be said for their football!

They slipped to a 3-0 defeat to Whitby Town, and relegation now seems inevitable.

On Saturday they visit a strong Ilkeston Town.

In Division One South, Sheffield FC’s week went from bad to worse. After losing two players - captain Warren Burrell and defender Tom Burgin - to Worksop Town, Sheffield saw their home game with Bedworth United called off due to the weather.

They have not played a home match since December 7, and have won only two of their last nine games.

They will look for an improvement this weekend, but it will be a tough ask with top of the table Halesowen Town the visitors to Dronfield - weather permitting of course!

It is a sorry tale at moment for our local clubs - and you get the impression that February could be a make or break month.