Non-league football: Baby blues for the Main men

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I was at Muglet Lane last weekend for Maltby Main’s game against Congleton Town, when the referee’s assistant began to flag frantically.

The referee then called over Maltby’s Matt Outram, who threw off his shirt and ran to the dressing room, before driving away from the ground shirtless.

The crowd, yours truly included, thought that he had been sent off. But at half-time, Maltby had received a call to say that Outram’s wife had gone into labour!

As the elderly gentleman in front of me remarked, “At least I wasn’t playing. I couldn’t have run off as fast as he did!”

Main, without Outram, crashed 4-1 against Town, who made them look very ordinary indeed.

On Saturday they are at home to Albion Sports, and on Monday face title favourites Bridlington Town.

Like Main, many of our local teams face two tough Bank Holiday weekend games in the space of 48 hours.

Stocksbridge, who beat Droylsden 3-1 last weekend and then crashed 3-0 against Matlock Town on Tuesday, face a 250-mile round trip to newly promoted Kings Lynn Town on Saturday, whilst on Monday they host Blyth Spartans.

In Division One South, Sheffield FC lost 2-1 to Leek Town, despite Andy Gascoigne’s early strike. Then on Tuesday they entertained Lincoln United and cruised to a 4-0 win with goals for Gascoigne, Fereday, Purkiss and Woolley.

On Saturday they face Loughborough Dynamoes, before travelling to unbeaten Carlton Town on Monday.

There were mixed fortunes for our NCEL clubs in the FA Cup’s Extra-Preliminary Round last week.

On Friday Parramore beat AFC Blackpool 2-0, Staveley overcame Ashton Town 2-1 and Parkgate crashed 3-0 against First Division side Shirebrook Town at Green Lane.

Dinnington suffered a third successive home defeat last weekend, when they lost 2-1 to Rossington Main, and Liam Cartledge’s second half strike was their only goal in 270 minutes of football this season.

Hallam, without a game last Saturday, faced a tough test at Park Road in their derby clash with Worsbrough Bridge on Tuesday evening and fought back from 3-0 down at half-time to take a point with a creditable 3-3 draw.

Also on Tuesday, Parramore visited struggling Nostell Miners Welfare and proved too good for their hosts, returning with the points after a 4-2 victory.

n Saturday’s fixtures: Parramore v Armthorpe Welfare, Maltby Main v Albion Sports, Parkgate v Long Eaton United, Eccleshill United v Dinnington Town, Rossington Main v Worsbrough Bridge.

n Monday’s fixtures: Staveley v Brighouse Town, Bridlington Town v Maltby Main, Parkgate v Tadcaster Albion, Dinnington Town v Cleethorpes Town, Worsbrough Bridge v Bottesford Town.