Super six for Sheffield FC, Stocksbridge win through to the next qualifying round of the FA Cup and Saturday promises to be one of the best of the season with some top league and FA Vase games.
Sheffield Club made it six league games without defeat when they came away from Rainworth Miners Welfare with a 2-0 victory courtesy of goals from Higginson - his eighth of the season - and Woolley. It was a thoroughly polished performance from the table-topping side and it makes them my ‘Team of the Week’ with new signings Matt Glass, from Grantham and Ben Leonards, from Frickley, fitting in well.
I will be at the BT Local stadium on Saturday when free-scoring Ilkeston Town are the visitors for what should be a cracking match and next Tuesday they host Wakefield in a League Cup first round tie.
Stocksbridge gave a much improved performance in last Saturday’s FA Cup first qualifying round match at Armthorpe Welfare but still couldn’t end their run of eight games without a win and had to settle for a 1-1 draw, despite Jack Muldoon giving them an interval lead.
It did, however, turn out right for them in Tuesday’s replay when they came through 3-1. The first half was a tale of two missed penalties, one for either side as Armthorpe keeper Green denied Riordan and five minutes later Ben Scott foiled Adam Lee.
In a much-changed second half, Park took control with goals from Brian Cusworth, on his home debut, and two stunning strikes from Andy Ring as they scored three for the first time this season to earn a home tie against Blue Square North side Colwyn Bay in the second qualifying round on October 1.
Manager Gary Marrow will be hoping the win will act as a boost as his next-to-bottom team look to move away from the danger zone when they host Evo-Stik Premier Division leaders Bradford Park Avenue on Saturday.
Only five points separate the top 11 clubs in the Baris North Counties East League Premier Division but top team Staveley took a rest from their title fight and I watched them get out of jail in their FA Cup clash at Pickering Town.
They were two down at half time and it could have been five or six but in a spirited second half comeback, Jones scored within a minute and Barraclough grabbed the equaliser.
The replay was held last night with the winners at home to Hyde United.
Staveley put their 11 match unbeaten run on the line on Saturday when they entertain third-place Retford United in what is undoubtedly the Match of the Day in this division.
It was never going to be easy for Parkgate in their FA Cup tie against Whitby Town, even at home, and so it proved as the Seasiders raced into a two goal interval lead.
Chris Woods pulled one back but Whitby added another as Parkgate dipped out 3-1. In-form Tadcaster Albion are Saturday’s visitors and then they travel to Louth United in the second round of the League Cup next Tuesday.
Maltby Main showed much improved form on their visit to bottom club Selby Town despite going behind after two minutes and having Jones sent off within 10 minutes. However they stuck to their task and goals by Branagan and Mason (penalty) put them ahead before they were denied by a late equaliser. Stevie Adams players are without a win in nine games and on Saturday they welcome fellow strugglers Brighouse Town.
A poor Hallam side were hammered 7-1 as Worksop Parramore took a stranglehold on top spot in Division One. Bownes scored Hallam’s lone goal and was then sent off along with Dickman as their poor form reached new heights.
Old boy Asquith hit a hat-trick for Parramore and Nolan 2, Preece and Davis completed the rout. Darren Bland’s men entertained Yorkshire Amateurs in the League Cup first round and had to battle hard before edging home 3-2 after extra time with goals from Asquith, Smith and Thompson. They entertain fellow newcomers Albion Sports on Saturday.
Second place Handsworth went down 3-2 at Albion despite goals by Bates and Crapper but were unlucky in their Wilkinson Sword Trophy clash at AFC Emley when they went out on penalties after the thriller had finished 3-3 after extra time. Smith, Johnson and Hill were the players on target.
Dinninton Town were brought down to earth when they crashed to a 3-1 defeat at Bottesford Town - McKenzie got their goal - and then lost 3-0 at Emley. It got even worse on Tuesday when visitors Albion Rovers handed out a 6-1 beating, McKenzie again their lone marksman.