Matt’s red card a ‘Telling’ indication of a poor campaign for local clubs

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Well here we are at the end of another season.

The curtain comes down, the fans go home and, for most of our clubs it as been a season of struggle and mid-table mediocrity.

Our results on the final day of the season tell the story.

In the Evo-Stik Premier Division, Stocksbridge Park survived relegation by three points despite a poor season. On Saturday, they suffered their third successive defeat, going down 3-0 to Grantham Town.

Matt Telling received his second red card in two games.

Sheffield FC ended their long season on a winning note, beating Romulus 2-0 with goals from Joel Purkiss and Andy Gascoigne.

They finished ninth in the league, with only four defeats in their last 18 games.

Hallam ended their campaign with a comfortable 2-1 success away at relegated Yorkshire Amateurs.

After a poor start Hallam finished 12th in the league.

Dinnington Town, as expected, lost 2-0 to Louth United and finished just two places above the relegation zone after one win in 17 games.

Town had 13 different goalkeepers and a number of departing players, and I wish manager Steve Toyne all the best for next season.

Worsbrough Bridge were our highest finishers, sitting in 9th position after being unbeaten all season at home.

In the Premier Division, Parkgate drew 1-1 with Barton Town in their final game of the season.

Manager Russ Eagle started his tenure without a single player, but built up a strong squad and to finish in 9th place is a great achievement.

Worksop Parramore finished 7th in their first season of Premier League football.

Maltby Main have Brian Cusworth’s 17-goal haul to thank for finishing 14th, and Craig Gladwin chipped in with 15.

Staveley closed their season with a 1-0 home victory over Arnold Town, and finished 13th under acting manager Neil Cluxton.

On Monday I was back at Inkersall Green for the Baris NCEL Cup Final, as Premier Division club Thackley beat First Division Louth United 3-1.

Tonight, the Sheffield and Hallamshire CFA stage their Senior Cup Final at Hillsborough as Frickley Athletic take on Sheffield FC (7pm) in what should be a cracking affair.

Next week, we will take a look at the past, with one eye on the future after a disappointing campaign.