Clubs feel pain of the rain on weekend of washouts

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Well, I did warn you about the weather last week! Our clubs played just three matches out of ten - and those who did play, must have wished they didn’t!

This Saturday, sadly, could well be the same again, but we will hope for the best.

In the Toolstation NCEL Premier Division, Maltby Main are struggling - but not against the weather.

It is points that the Miners are struggling for, having been docked 12 for playing an ineligible player in four winning games.

It is a great blow to the club, and losing 2-0 away at Armthorpe Welfare last Saturday hardly lifted the gloom over Muglet Lane.

On Saturday they face a return battle against Armthorpe Welfare.

Last weekend Parkgate played some good football against Athersley Recreation, but they were eventually well beaten 4-1 by a good, attacking side.

Then on Tuesday night th Steelmen visited a strong Thackley side and conceded four goals, before two late strikes made the 4-2 scoreline a little more respectable.

On Saturday, Parkgate - who won the league’s Fair Play award for August - must improve when they face Athersley at Sheerian Park.

Staveley are one club rueing the bad weather. Last Wednesday they led Winterton Rangers 5-3 but, with just nine minutes remaining, the referee abandoned the game.

The weather also cost them their home game last Saturday against Retford United, so on Saturday they take their record of six successive defeats to Cannon Park to face in-form Retford United before a home game next Wednesday, against Long Eaton United.

A lack of matches could well cost Worksop Parramore promotion at the end of the season.

After seven wins in eight games, with Lee Whittington hitting 14 goals in six, their match last Saturday at Liversedge was off because of a flooded pitch.

Then on Tuesday, they faced Brighouse Town at Sandy Lane in what looked the match of the season, and won 2-1 thanks to Sam Smith’s double.

They now face two more home games this week, and should get six points. On Saturday Liversedge are the visitors to Sandy Lane, followed next Tuesday by neighbours Maltby Main.

First Division Hallam had their derby match against Dinnington rained off, and they have now not played at home since December 21.

This weekend, weather permitting, they should face another derby encounter against Worsbrough Bridge.

Worsbrough Bridge, too, need a game, as they also haven’t played at home since December 21.

Dinnington Town are steadily improving, despite sitting just above the relegation places.

Steve Toyne’s players face a tough test on Saturday at Oxford Street, where they face form team Rossington Main.

It’s a similar tale of weather woe in the Evo-Stik League, where Division One South side Sheffield FC had their game flooded out last Saturday.

December 7 was their last home game, but they enjoyed for some respite on Tuesday at Goole AFC with a 3-0 win, their first win in five.

On Saturday they travel again, this time to Brigg Town where a rare win may end Club’s barren run.

In the Premier Division Stocksbridge Park battled back for a point at home last Saturday as Danny South’s goal gave them a 1-1 draw against Marine. This weekend they visit fellow strugglers Witton Albion.

The draw for the S & H Senior Cup Semi Finals sees minnows Oughtibridge WMSC drawn away to Athersley Recreation on March 12, whilst holders Frickley Athletic face Worksop Parramores.

It was pleasing to see a record gate of 341 watch Staveley entertain Worksop Parramore over Christmas, raising a total of £1050 for Cavendish Cancer Care.

Chesterfield chairman Dave Allen donated £!,000 to top up the tally. Well done to everyone involved.