A big week for our local clubs got off to a great start at the weekend, with four wins and a draw - although there is still a lot of work to be done by our managers.
And, true to form, our Senior Cup games brought goals and shocks aplenty.
It was an up and down week for clubs in the Toolstation NCEL: in Division One, Hallam earned their first win in 12 games against Hemsworth MW, with goals from new signing Scott Ruthven and Jack Bradbury sealing a 2-1 win.
Then on Tuesday, Hallam entertained in-form County Senior League side Oughtibridge WMSC in the Senior Cup second round and crashed 3-2 after leading 1-0.
Dinnington Town made it back to back wins last Saturday, beating Appleby Frodingham 3-2 to move off the bottom of the table for the first time this season.
Meanwhile, Worsbrough Bridge dropped to fifth place last Saturday after a 1-1 draw at managerless Teversal, but it was a vastly different story in the Premier Division as Parramore crashed to a shock 2-1 defeat at next-to-bottom Lincoln Moorlands.
After losing their five-match unbeaten run end, they bounced back against minnows Phoenix in the Senior Cup and crushed a poor side by a 12-1 margin.
Despite taking the lead against Liversedge after just two minutes, Parkgate crashed once again to a 2-1 defeat. Hovering one place above the relegation zone, they beat Hemsworth MW at Green Lane in the Senior Cup thanks to Scott Lowe’s 30-yard free kick.
Maltby Main won their third game on the bounce on Saturday when Brian Cusworth’s strike gave them a 1-0 win over Garforth Town in a very controversial game.
Then on Tuesday, they visited minnows Kinsley Boys in the Senior Cup and won 4-2.
It is a sorry story at Staveley, and their season looks to be falling apart after a humiliating 5-2 defeat against Heanor Town put yet more pressure on manager Neil Cluxton.
In the Evo-Stik League, Sheffield FC must take top billing after their excellent 2-1 FA Trophy win at Padiham last Saturday, while Stocksbridge PS remain in the Premier Division relegation zone after losing 3-2 at home to Ilkeston Town.
The draw for the F.A. Trophy second qualifying round, to be played on Saturday October 19, includes: Ashton United v Sheffield FC, Stocksbridge Park v Scarborough, Ramsbottom United v Worksop Town and Frickley Athletic v Brigg Town.
* Fixtures: Saturday: Hall Road Rangers v Hallam, Dinnington Town v Grimsby Borough, Worsbrough Bridge v Appleby Frodingham, Winterton Rangers v Parramore, Parkgate v Pickering Town, Thackley v Staveley, Sheffield FC v Kidsgrove Athletic, Marine v Stocksbridge PS.