Once again, the winds of change have swept through our dug outs, with another manager leaving his club when Stocksbridge Park’s Gary Marrow and his assistant Gary Ingram resigned.
It was a sad day for Gary who is their second most successful manager in recent years, winning promotion to the Premier Division and taking two Senior Cups.
Unfortunately his second spell at the Evo-Stik Premier Division club has not worked out with Stocksbridge next to the bottom of the table - six points adrift of safety and with only two league wins all season - and dumped out of both the FA Cup and FA Trophy.
I must say a big thank-you to Gary for all his hard work at the club and at the same time ask the players why they have failed to perform as everyone knows they can?
I watched them slump to a 4-0 defeat at Matlock Town which made it five league and cup games without a win but on Saturday, under Steve Strutt their reserve team manager and player-coach Darren Schofield, they played really well and were unlucky to lose 2-0 at Bradford Park Avenue.
Then on Tuesday I was at the Welfare Ground to watch them play AFC Emley in the Senior Cup second round and for the first time this season they scored five goals, despite being a goal down inside 45 seconds. They went on to win 5-2, with Muldoon two, Ring, Adams and Stirrup scoring their goals.
On Saturday they travel to third placed Chorley while next Tuesday they entertain Bradford Park Avenue in the League Cup third round.
Meanwhile over at Sheffield FC, I saw them play their best football of the season in their 2-0 win over a poor Romulous side in their FA Trophy second qualifying round clash. Jack Barnett and substitute Dan Williams got their goals but they should have scored more against a side who finished with 10 men.
They faced a much tougher test at County Senior League minnows Athersley Recreation in Tuesday’s Senior Cup but in front of a a crowd of 160 Sheffield came through 3-1 with goals from Gascoinge, Graham and Longstaff, and that after Scargill had given Athersley an early lead.
Fifth-placed Sheffield now look to bridge the gap with Saturday’s trip to Loughborough Dynamos and next Tuesday’s home meeting against Kidsgrove Athletic.
Hallam won 2-0 at Shirebrook Town courtesy of Todd and Kistell but needed a Liam Morris goal to rescue a home point against Askern Welfare. It left them unbeaten in three games and moved them up to 12th in the Baris North Counties East League Division One table, something that should encourage them on Saturday, when they visit an in-form Eccleshill United.
Handsworths manager Rus Eagle breathed a sigh of relief as a Crapper goal earned them a 1-0 victory at Yorkshire Amateurs, their first win in three outings that left them in second place. They look for a winning double when they host Louth United on Saturday and next Wednesday they visit bottom club Appleby Frodingham. Staveley lost 1-0 at home to Tadcaster Albion - the first time they failed to score in the league this season.
Billy Fox’s players stand sixth, eight points behind the leaders with two games in hand but they face another huge week with Saturday’s trip to Long Eaton United and next Tuesday’s visit to Scarborough Athletic who run into great form over the last few weeks. There’s a free bus for spectators.
Parkgate slipped up badly when they twice came from behind at Brighouse Town thanks to two Swindells goals, only to lose 3-2. Manager Doug Shelley must find a way to shore up his suspect defence who have now conceded 11 goals in their last four games of which they’ve won only one.
They faced a huge test on Tuesday when in-form Scarborough Athletic visited Green Lane, still smarting after their Vase defeat and having two players sent off. In an exciting end to end affair watched by a crowd of 252, it finished 1-1 with Swindells again scoring the Parkgate goal after just 48 seconds.
Winterton Rangers are the visitors to Green Lane on Saturday.
If it’s tough near the top, then it’s even tougher at the bottom and that’s where Maltby Main found themselves after their 3-0 home defeat to Liversedge. Without a league win since the opening day of the season, and only two goals scored in their last eight league games, it’s bleak indeed for Stevie Adams players who face another tough day out at Barton Town on Saturday.
Dinnington Town secured their first home league win of the season when they beat Appleby Frodingham 2-0, with a debut goal for Joe Howsham and another for Liam Cartledge. Sadly only 29 spectators bothered to turn out at Phoenix Park. As expected their stiff away test at Frickley Athletic in the Senior Cup on Tuesday ended in a 3-1 defeat with Gregory scoring their goal. They visit Askern Villa on Saturday.
Worksop Parramore came back to form when goals by Dawson, Davis and Colley gave them a comfortable 3-0 win over Bottesford Town. They were held 1-1 by visitors Louth United won Tuesday - Lee Thompson scored their goal - but it was enough to take them to the top of the table on goal difference.
Worsbrough Bridge had their best win of the season when goals by Scully, Ringrose and McFadyen gave them a 3-2 victory over Rossington Main, who were previously unbeaten in 10 games. On Saturday they should build on that success at home to Yorkshire Amateurs.
Sheffield FC have been drawn at home to Nuneaton Town, while either Worksop Town or Radcliffe Borough host Curzon Ashton in the third qualifying round of the FA Trophy to be played on Saturday, November 26.