No walk in the Park for many of our clubs as ‘Gate enjoy thriller

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Our local clubs suffered an up and down weekend, as one won a vital league game and two blossomed in FA Vase action.

Two teams, however, wilted and tumbled out of the competition, whilst one had another bite of the cherry last night after a pulsating draw.

This week sees all our clubs battling it out for vital league points, none more so than Stocksbridge in the Evo-Stik Premier Division.

Last Saturday, they crashed to another defeat, 2-1 at newcomers Barwell, to extend their winless streak to ten games.

In Division One South, Sheffield FC travelled to managerless Rainworth Miners Welfare last Saturday - and, as so often happens, they crashed again to a 3-1 defeat.

Then, on Tuesday, they hosted Goole AFC - looking to get back on track after three defeats - and failed to do so, slipping to a 3-2 defeat after some poor defending

In the Toolstation North Counties East League Premier Division, next to bottom Maltby Main beat hosts - and bottom club - Nostell Miners Welfare 5-1, their biggest win for some time.

Brian Cusworth hit his second hat trick of the season, and Branagan hit two more to give the club a real boost and a jump of four places in the table.

Then on Tuesday they travelled to Liversedge looking to build on their good win and, thanks to another two goals from Cusworth and strikes by Middleton and Black, won 4-1.

I was at Green Lane last Saturday to watch the FA Vase tie between Parkgate and Bacup and Rossendale Borough, which ended as an eight-goal thriller.

The Steelmen were two goals behind three times, only to fight back and draw 4-4 after extra time.

They gave away all four goals but you could not fault their fighting strength as man of the match Morley (two), Mirfin and Whittington scored the goals that forced a replay last night.

Parramore moved into the next round of the FA Vase after a comprehensive 4-0 success at home to Hemsworth Miners Welfare, as Whittington two, Ward and Johnson all found the net.

Then on Tuesday, it was back to league business as they visited a strong Glasshoughton Welfare where they won 2-0, despite having Cotterill sent off.

Staveley managed to move into the next round after they beat visitors Aston Athletic 3-2, but not without a scare or two.

Ashton took a fourth- minute lead, but Staveley hit back with Turner’s double, his fifth and six in three games, and Sculley finding the net.

Division One side Worsbrough Bridge travelled to Cheadle Town in the FA Vase, but lost 2-0 after an entertaining game.

The draw for the FA Vase First Round Proper, to be played on Saturday October 19, includes Staveley v West Didsbury and Chorlton, and Worksop Parramore v Runcorn Linnets.

Hallam did not enjoy their day out at in-form Bottesford Town last Saturday as they crashed to a 3-1 defeat to make it nine without a win.

On Tuesday I was at Sandygate to watch them play Teversal, where they drew 1-1.

Dinnington Town lost 4-2 after extra time in the FA Vase last Saturday at Rochdale Town, who led 1-0 at half time.

It was though a much improved showing from Town, who have yet to taste a win this season.

n Saturday’s fixtures: Stocksbridge v Witton Albion, Dinnington Town v Teversal, Bedworth United v Sheffield FC, Parkgate v Barton Town, Parramore v Basford United, Worsbrough Bridge v Clipstone Welfare, Cleethorpes Town v Hallam.

n Tuesday: Sheffield FC v Brigg Town, Shirebrook Town v Worsbrough Bridge.