Christmas cheer for local clubs

Another excellent weekend for our clubs left our fans looking forward to what is a very full December programme - and it all starts on Saturday with some good fixtures to look forward to.

In the Evo-Stik Leagues Premier Division, Stocksbridge Park had to work hard for a 2-2 draw last Saturday at home to high flying Marine.

Sadly, it did not stop them slipping down into the relegation places and it all adds pressure to this week’s trip on Saturday to eighth placed Nantwich Town.

Worksop Town will try to recover from their shock 1-0 exit from the FA Trophy last weekend when they visit Frickley Athletic tomorrow night.

In Division One South, Sheffield FC had their game washed away by the heavy rains against Market Drayton Town but on Tuesday they should have travelled to Garforth Town, but due to serious financial problems at Garforth the match was switched to the B.T. Local Business Stadium and the wet weather put paid to any action.

Club now face two hard away journeys, when on Saturday they visit Newcastle Town and next Tuesday they will try again to entertain Garforth.

In The Baris NCEL First Division, it was hugely disappointing but not unexpected that the day’s big derby encounter between Worsbrough Bridge and Dinnington Town fell victim of the weather.

It saw the Briggers fall to seventh in the table and on Tuesday they were again beaten by the weather at home to Clipstone Welfare.

On Saturday they visit struggling Eccleshill United whilst next Tuesday they welcome neighbours Hallam to Park Road for what should be a cracking derby encounter.

Dinnington Town had Teversal visit Phoenix Park in the League Cup Second Round on Tuesday and a hat-trick of penalties from Michael Trench saw them through 3-2 after extra time.

On Saturday they host Appleby Frodingham.

Hallam’s plight at the bottom of the table looked likely to gain a big boost last Saturday when Aaron Moxon’s early goal gave them a long lead over Eccleshill United, but a string of missed chances cost then dear again as the Bradford club equalised with just two minutes remaining and it finished 1-1.

It leaves them one place above the drop zone three points clear, but they face two very tough away games now, when on Saturday they visit sixth placed Knaresborough Town whilst next Tuesday they visit inform seventh placed Worsbrough Bridge who have yet to lose at home this season in the league.

In the Premier Division, Maltby Main’s good run was extended to four matches without defeat last Saturday when they beat visitors Lincoln Moorlands 3-0 thanks to strikes by Cusworth, Gladwin and Houghton.

It leaves them six points clear of relegation in 16th place and on Saturday they should extend that lead when they visit Glasshoughton Welfare.

Parkgate’s excellent four match winning run was abruptly altered when they lost 3-2 last Saturday at newly promoted Heanor Town.

After going a goal down at half time, the Steelmen went 2-1 up thanks to goals by Hickey and Hill before Heanor equalised, but sadly Parkgate’s old lack of discipline caught up with them again and they had Hill sent off after which Heanor hit the winner.

Parkgate must bounce back and look like they might, when on Saturday I will be at Green Lane to watch their game against the fast improving Pickering Town.