As is always the case, the FA Cup brought some shock results with Stocksbridge leading the way with a stunning 3-1 success over the Blue Square club Colwyn Bay.
However, Staveley were shown the exit door in their first defeat in 14 outings.
Stocksbridge’s miserable season finally got a shot in the arm when they overcame Colwyn Bay thanks to goals from Ward, Adams and Man of the Match Muldoon.
With skipper Lovett fit again, plus new signings, the much travelled Matt Outram from Parkgate and Richard Stirrup back at the club, they produced a superb all-round performance which belied their next to bottom spot in the Evo-Stik Premier Division. They now face a trip to Droylsden in the third qualifying round on Saturday, October 15.
Manager Gary Marrow will no doubt be looking for ‘same again’ on Saturday when his side entertain bottom club Burscough while next Tuesday they travel to a poor Chase Town outfit.
Sheffield Club continued their excellent run with a magnificent 3-1 win at second-placed Coalville Town. They went a goal down but responded through Longstaff, Gascoigne and Woolley for a victory that took them back to the top of the Division One South table.
Then on Tuesday they were looking for their sixth win in seven league and cup outings at home to Rainworth Miners Welfare and goals by Longstaff and Glass gave them a deserved 2-0 victory after Gascoinge had missed a penalty.
On Saturday I will be at the BT Local Business Stadium for their FA Trophy preliminary round tie against Warrington Town.
Staveley’s FA Cup dreams crashed as they suffered a 3-0 home defeat to Hyde United in front of a record crowd of 302. Hyde thoroughly deserved their success but the young Staveley side were completely overawed and surrendered their unbeaten run after a very disappointing display.
Manager Billy Fox, must now lift his players, who having played only six games all season in the Baris North Counties East League’s Premier Division, have dropped to fifth in the table despite being unbeaten. They host Armthorpe Welfare tomorrow.
Parkgate made it five wins and a draw in their last six league games, when they beat Long Eaton United 3-1 courtesy of goals from Worsfold, Woods and Hannity and are now fourth in the table.
However they suffered a shock in the Senior Cup first round on Tuesday when they entertained Athersley Recreation and were well and truly turned over 3-2 by the County Senior League minnows. Chris Woods scored twice for the Steelmen as did Luke Sykes for Athersley while Adam White notched their other goal.
Parkgate visit bottom of the table Pickering Town on Saturday.
Maltby Main’s poor season continued when they crashed to a 4-0 defeat at Hall Road Rangers, who parted company with their manager Billy Heath immediately after the game. It means the Miners have taken just three points from their last eight league games and face a very tough ask against Scarborough Borough at Muglet Lane on Saturday.
Worksop Parramores title aspirations in Division One are slipping, after they dropped two more points in a 2-2 draw at lowly Askern Welfare. It leaves the top eight clubs separated by just eight points, with some having games in hand.
On Tuesday I saw Worksop take on Handsworth in the Senior Cup first round and two dreadful back passes enabled Smith and Bates to give Handsworth a deserved 2-0 passage into round two.
League-wise second placed Handsworth are also dropping points and last Saturday they lost 2-1 at lowly Shirebrook Town with Tom Roebuck scoring their lone goal, that leaves them with just one win in their last four games. Manager Rus Eagle will no doubt be looking for replacements after the departure of both Cusworth and Outram, as they face two tough home games, Pontefract Colliery on Saturday and Hemsworth Miners Welfare next Wednesday.
Hallam’s form picked up with two wins in four days over bottom club Appleby Frodingham, when goals from Wiltshire two, Reynolds and Getleff brought them a 4-0 win in the Wilkinson Sword although Kistell was sent off. The league game ended 3-0 in their favour thanks to goals by Jones, Getleff and Morris on his debut.
Unfortunately for them they served up a below par display on Tuesday when they went down 2-0 at Dinnington Town in the Senior Cup first round. McKenzie and Roper scored for the home side while Hallam’s misery was completed with the sending off of Getleff.
On Saturday Hallam face Teversal away in the league and the two clash again on Tuesday at Sandygate in the Wilkinson Sword second round.
Dinnington came from two goals down at home to Hemsworth Miners Welfare to earn a point in a 2-2 draw with Fernandes and Taylor scoring in the final 10 minutes. It is now one point from their last five games but they should end that run on Saturday with a win at bottom club Appleby Frodingham.
Worsbrough Bridge made it two wins in a row to move up to 10th after goals by Copping and MacFadzean (penalty) gave them a 2-1 success at Bottesford Town. But their joy was short-lived as they suffered a shock 1-0 home defeat to Hemsworth Miners Welfare in the Senior Cup first round on Tuesday.
Bridge now face two tough home league games, against Shirebrook Town on Saturday followed by Albion Sports next Tuesday.