Clubs bounce back well after run of poor results

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After a poor run of results over the past two weeks, our clubs responded well last Saturday with five winners.

The coming week though should be the best of the season to date, with all our clubs bar one having two games - including four matches in the Sheffield and Hallamshire Senior Cup quarter finals.

In the Evo-Stik League Division One South, Sheffield FC fielded two new signings - keeper Adam Billard from Stocksbridge and Jack Woolley from Witton Albion - and for the first time in many weeks they registered back-to-back league wins.

First they bounced back from a goal down to beat Market Drayton Town 3-1, with a Jack Muldoon brace and Vill Powell scoring their goals.

Then on Tuesday they visited Leek Town, and Muldoon was again Club’s hero with a late goal to secure a 1-0 victory.

They now face another tough four days: on Saturday they host Coalville Town and next Tuesday they visit Worsbrough Bridge in the Senior Cup quarter-finals.

In the Premier Division Stocksbridge Park’s big test against Stafford Rangers last Saturday was called off due to a frozen pitch, so they remain next to the bottom of the table.

On Saturday they entertain a fast improving Whitby Town, and next Tuesday I will be at the Welfare Ground for Park’s Senior Cup quarter-final against AFC Emley.

In The Baris North Counties East League, I visited Muglet Lane on Saturday to watch Maltby Main beat their near neighbours Parkgate 3-1.

The Miners were easily the better side and goals by Cusworth, Plant and Oliver saw them extend their excellent run to seven matches with only one defeat.

On Saturday they visit a very good Tadcaster Albion, where their credentials will be well tested.

On Tuesday, Parkgate returned to Green Lane to face Retford United and lost 2-0.

They next entertain bottom club Hall Road Rangers on Saturday, and on Tuesday they visit Armthorpe Welfare in the League Cup Third Round.

Manager Neil Cluxton introduced a new look Staveley last Saturday to the 132 crowd at Inkersall Green, with five new signings in the starting 11.

They shocked second-placed Bridlington Town when Ryan Damms gave them an early penalty lead, but it did not last and they finished on the wrong side of a 5-1 defeat.

Then on Tuesday they visited Nostell Miners Welfare and crashed to a 3-0 loss.

But they have no time to lick their wounds: on Saturday they travel to another struggling side, Winterton Rangers, and next Tuesday they visit Division One strugglers Rossington Main in the Senior Cup quarter-finals.

Worksop Parramore led the way for our clubs last Saturday when they made it seven league games without defeat after a 2-1 win at Liversedge.

Manager Darren Bland was pleased with the points, and they faced Bridlington Town at Sandy Lane on Tuesday in the League Cup third round in a very confident mood.

And it showed, as Lee Whittington’s brace helped them to a 2-1 victory and sent them through to the quarter-finals.

On Saturday they visit a very stubborn Glasshoughton Welfare whilst next Tuesday they welcome a poor Winterton Rangers to Sandy Lane.

In Division One, Hallam got back to winning ways when they beat hosts Hemsworth Miners Welfare 3-1.

On Tuesday I was at Sandygate to see them face league leaders Athersley Recreation.

Danny Deakin gave Hallam a dream start with the opener after just two minutes, but Athersley turned it around and left 2-1 winners.

On Saturday they welcome Louth United to Sandygate, and then host Bottesford Town on Tuesday.

Dinnington Town had no match last Saturday, but on Tuesday evening they were well beaten 3-0 at AFC Emley.

On Saturday they face promotion seeking Pontefract Colliery at Phoenix Park.

Next Tuesday they visit Premier Divisions Nostell Miners Welfare in the League Cup third round.

Worsbrough Bridge continued their great winning run last Saturday when strikes by McFadyen, White and Forgione gave them a very good 3-2 win at Selby Town.

On Tuesday they welcomed Askern Villa to Park Road and hit them for six - literally!

First half braces from Chris White, Scott Turner and Scott Whittington - a new signing from Maltby - secured a rampant win.

On Saturday they welcome Hemsworth Miners Welfare to Park Road.

Next Tuesday, it is a big night for the little club as Sheffield FC visit for their Senior Cup quarter-final.