Black weekend for local clubs as six players see red, FA Cup dreams are shattered and only one side manages a victory

Non League football
Non League football

This last weekend was a day of shame for our clubs as six players were sent off, clubs tumbled out of the FA Cup and only one club managed a win.

This Saturday sees five of our clubs in the FA Vase Second Qualifying Round.

In the FA Cup, I saw Sheffield FC well beaten by neighbours Frickley Athletic who thoroughly deserved their 4-1 success with Jake Picton hitting a hat trick.

Stocksbridge Park turned in another under par showing last Saturday in their 2-2 home draw with Ramsbottom United, who deserved their replay chance. In the replay on Tuesday, Park crashed 3-0.

On Sunday I was at Sandy Lane to watch Parramores play well in the first half against Cammell Laird in the FA Cup. But they were outplayed in the second half, by a very strong and attractive side, to lose 3-1. Lee Whittington scored their goal, but it ended up a day of shame for the club as both Hill and Patterson were sent off.

On Tuesday then entertained Bridlington Town desperately needing a win, and achieved it. Goals from Whittington, Ward and Smith earned a 3-2 victory.

Parkgate turned in a much better showing last Saturday at home to Glasshoughton Welfare, but their goalless draw made it nine league and cup games without a win.

New manager Mick Norbury certainly put a spring into Maltby Main’s showing last Saturday as they visited Lincoln Moorlands and won 3-1 with Cusworth, Forster and Bradley scoring their goals, to lift them off the bottom.

Staveley had a day to forget last Saturday against Pickering Town, and two goals by Turner saw them level at 2-2 draw at half time. But after the break, an over-zealous referee cautioned twelve players and they had Thorpe sent off as they crashed to a 6-2 defeat.

In Division One, I was at Park Road on Tuesday for the big derby clash between Worsbrough Bridge and league leaders Shaw Lane Aqua Force, where Chris White’s goal gave Bridge a victory that sends them fourth.

Dinnington Town dropped to the bottom of the table after their 2-0 home defeat to Selby Town last Saturday.

Hallam too, had a miserable weekend. They lost 2-0 at Shirebrook Town, their seventh game without a win, and had Carter again sent off.

n Fixtures: Saturday: Rainworth MW v Sheffield FC, Barwell v Stocksbridge PS, Parramores v Hemsworth MW, Parkgate v Bacup and Rossendale Borough, Nostell Miners Welfare v Maltby Main, Staveley v Ashton Athletic, Rochdale Town v Dinnington Town, Bottesford Town v Hallam, Cheadle Town v Worsbrough Bridge.