It’s raining goals: both Staveley and Worsbrough find their shooting boots, but Maltby’s unbeaten run comes to an end

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The weather may have been a little disappointing last week - but it was raining goals for our clubs as Staveley hit eight and Worsbrough added seven.

And this weekend again promises to be a big one, with three FA Vase Second Round ties and a Senior Cup Second Round tie to look forward too.

But it is our Toolstation NCEL clubs that take the spotlight. Last Saturday, I saw Premier Division side Worksop Parramores gain a great 2-1 win at Athersley Recreation.

Staveley recorded their biggest win for years, battering Lincoln Moorlands 8-0.

Parkgate’s game at Thackley last Saturday was washed out but on Tuesday, they visited newcomers Basford United where, despite leading 1-0 at half time, they lost 4-2 with goals from Whittington and Houghton.

Maltby Main surrendered their eight-match unbeaten record, losing 2-0 at home to Long Eaton United.

In Division One, Worsbrough Bridge took the bragging rights as they beat neighbours Dinnington Town 7-2, after being five up at half time.

Man of the match Scott Turner hit a hat trick, and they remain fourth in the league after nine games without defeat.

Hallam’s crisis deepened last Saturday when, after holding their own for an hour, they collapsed and lost 4-0 at home to second-placed Shaw Lane Aqua Force.

With one point to show from their last six games, they are now only two places above the relegation zone.

In the Evo-Stik Premier Division, Stocksbridge Park’s two match winning run was ended last Saturday when they lost 2-1 at Nantwich Town. Then, on Monday night, they visited Harrogate Railway in the League Cup First Round and went down 3-0.

In Division One, Sheffield FC returned to league football with a great 1-1 draw at promotion-seeking Coalville Town.

A penalty from Thomas gave them an early lead, but a point was well justified.

Then on Tuesday, I was at the Coach and Horses ground for their third attempt at their FA Trophy tie against Buxton FC - and it was worth the wait as they produced their best football of the season, outplaying Buxton on their way to a 1-0 win.

n Saturday’s fixtures: Ashington v Worksop Parramores, Staveley v Glossop North End, Whickham v Parkgate, Retford United v Maltby Main, Worsbrough Bridge v Hall Road Rangers, Dinnington v Louth United, Selby Town v Hallam, Stocksbridge Park v Rushall Olympic, Gresley v Sheffield FC.

n Tuesday: Staveley v Sheffield FC, Garforth Town v Parkgate, Selby Town v Worsbrough Bridge, Sheffield FC v Staveley.