It was a champagne day for Stocksbridge Park in the Evo-Stik Premier Division, when they let their fans in for free and beat a hapless North Ferriby United 7-0.
It was their biggest win of the season with seven different scorers, in front of a gate of 427 that was four times their average.
They responded to the previous week’s poor showing with a splendid performance in which Telling, Stirrup, Hogan, Muldoon, Whitehouse, Callery and Harrison all found the net and, not to be outdone, keeper Scott saved a penalty just before half-time.
The icing on the cake though, came with the news that they had moved out of the bottom four for the first time since September.
They start a hard month on Saturday with a plum home derby against Worksop Town, who have not won a game in their last five starts but that means nothing in matches like this.
Sheffield FC again lost their home clash against New Mills to the weather and as the outstanding games grow, so does manager Mark Shaw’s frustrations. However results went their way again on Saturday and they remain fourth in the Division One South table with games in hand but Mark knows points already gained are worth more than points in the offing. Injuries and suspensions could easily wipe out their advantage and it is important they get back to playing again.
They face a trip to Lincoln United on Saturday who are looking for a winning double over Club and are one of the best sides I have seen this season.
It was an outstanding month for Hallam, who after losing their first game, went on to win three in a row and they followed up their biggest away win of the season 12 days ago by completing a winning double over second-placed Glasshoughton Welfare as 16-goal Morris and Moxan earned them a 2-1 victory.
They are also our first club this season to pass last season’s goal tally with 64 to date, and after losing only once in their last five games they move up to ninth in the table. Julian Watts will be looking for his team to continue their good form especially with four home games in February. I will be at Sandygate on Saturday to see if they can start with a win over Louth Town.
Another top class performance saw Dinnington Town beat Rossington Main 1-0 with Jon Roper scoring the game’s only goal nine minutes from time. It saw them end January with four successive wins and they’ve now gone six matches with only one defeat. On Saturday they visit a struggling Yorkshire Amateurs and should come home with three more points.
Handsworth will wish it was January all year round after five league and cup wins that sees them move into second place in the table and book a place in the League’s President Cup Final against Barton Town.
A hat-trick by Scott Bates and two for young Sam Smith, taking his total to 18 for the season with six coming in the last four games, saw them brush aside promotion seeking Eccleshill United 5-2.
With a six match winning run behind them they start the month at Olivers Mount against a struggling Grimsby Borough, with three points looking gift wrapped.
In the Premier Division it was not such a good day, as I travelled to Marsh Lane and saw Parkgate come home with a 1-1 draw after a bruising encounter with Barton Town. Lipka gave Parkgate an early lead that was soon wiped out by the home side who were the most physical I have seen this season although the game was not helped by an ineffective referee.
Swindells was sent off for retaliation after it was alleged he had been stamped on by a Barton defender, who was also sent off.
It was a poor day for Staveley who went ahead through Simon Barraclough but had to settle for a 1-1 draw at struggling Hall Road Rangers. It leaves them third despite a six match unbeaten run.
Then on Tuesday in the League Cup third round they tried again to visit Teversal and by half-time they found themselves a goal down but a strong second half fightback saw Damms, two and Barraclough gain them a passage into the next round with a comfortable 3-1 win. It gave them five wins and a draw in a six match unbeaten run during January but they now face a very tough February.