Fanfares all round as Handsworth, Staveley and Dinnington took the accolades and this weekend promises to be another cracker for our fans.
Second-placed Handsworth’s young side hammered Baris North Counties East League First Division title favourites Albion Rovers 6-0 at Olivers Mount. It was their biggest win of the season and their best display as on-fire striker and Man of the Match Sam Smith hit another fine hat-trick to take his tally to 21 including 10 in his last seven games. Lee Hill, Gareth Griffiths and Danny Patterson completed the scoring.
They travel to Scunthorpe on Saturday to face Bottesford Town hoping to complete a winning double.
I saw in-form Dinnington Town win again, this time 3-1 at AFC Emley where despite the poor conditions they played some great football. Man of the match Michael Trench, back from two years in Australia, had a fine game and scored with Coulbeck and Cartledge completing the tally.
It leaves them unbeaten this year and they’ve now played seven games without defeat and on Saturday they play their second of five successive away games when they visit Teversal who despite hitting eight goals away last Saturday might not to be able to hold this Dinnington outfit.
Staveley reached the quarter-finals of the FA Vase by beating a very good Oadby Town outfit 2-0 with both goals from Star Player Joe Thornhill. Their reward is a home tie against St Ives Town on Saturday, March 3 with £3,500 up for grabs. The Cambridgeshire-based side are currently fourth in the United Counties League and have lost only once and drawn two of their last 17 games including a 4-0 home Vase win over Gresley.
Staveley manager Billy Fox wisely rested Fox and put Damms and Eagers on the subs bench for their Premier Division home clash with Nostell Miners Welfare and although they were far from their best they battled to a 2-1 victory with new player Clarke and youngster Houghton finding the net.
Now unbeaten in nine games it leaves them third in the table, three points off the leaders with a game in hand and with seven of their final 12 league games at home. Tonight they entertain Liversedge at home but the loss of their influential midfield player Tahar, who has signed professional forms for a Rumanian team, is a huge blow to the club.
Hallam who had their game against Worksop Parramore rained off last Saturday, have not played since January 28 but as manager Julian Watts celebrates his first year in charge this weekend I will try for a third successive week to visit Sandygate on Saturday to see if they can extend their three match winning run at the expense of Hemsworth Miners Welfare.
Seventh placed Parkgate dominated their match at Long Eaton United but had to be content with a point in a goalless draw.
It means Doug Shelley’s players have collected only five points out of 12 from their last four games and are now eight points adrift of the leaders.
Luke Fletcher has returned to the fold from Scarborough, but their dreadful disciplinary record is going to cost them dear as they face a tricky home game on Saturday against a Pickering Town side who have lost only once in their last seven league games.
In the Evo-Stik Division One South, Sheffield FC let a two goal lead slip against New Mills on Tuesday. Bradley and Modest put them two up inside 20 minutes and they looked destined for three points but the visitors fought back and a goal in the last minute gave them a share of the points.
I had seen them dominate the first half of their clash with Stamford and despite an excellent goal by Steve Woolley they were only level 1-1 at half time. They paid dearly in the second half for their missed chances and lost the game 4-3 to a goal in the fifth minute of stoppage time. In the Premier Division, Stocksbridge Park also paid for glaring first half misses at bottom club Burscough, though they led at half time through a Jack Muldoon goal. However, they were finally held to a 1-1 draw with the point keeping them four points above the relegation places.