Pressure grows on Curtis as Club slip up yet again

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Two excellent FA Vase wins, two league wins and two draws left our fans in a good mood over a very successful weekend - but one or two of our clubs face another tough week but there were trouble times ahead for one or two of our clubs, as they face another tough week.

In the Evo-Stik Leagues First Division South, Sheffield FC manager Curtis Woodhouse is under pressure to improve performances after another dreadful showing at rock bottom Romulous last Saturday.

After their record breaking 9-0 defeat in midweek at Belper Town, Romulous looked there for the taking last Saturday, but within a minute they were a goal in front and though McKenzie equalised within three minutes, Sheffield were poor and lost 2-1.

With Sheffield seven points adrift of the play off places and 12th in the table, their lowest for many seasons, Curtis knows he must improve a side that have lost all their early season sparkle.

On Tuesday they entertained another struggling side in Mickleover Sports and could only muster a 2-2 draw - leaving them four league games without a win.

They now welcome the team above them in the table, Market Drayton Town to their B.T. Local Business Stadium on Saturday and next Tuesday they travel to the bottom of Division One North Garforth Town in the League Cup Second Round.

In the Premier Division, Stocksbridge PS made it three games without defeat last Saturday when they held high flying Hednesford Town to a 3-3 draw at The Look Local Stadium.

But they must continue their good run and next Saturday they face a big test when Marine, looking for a hat trick of wins this season over them, are their visitors.

In the F.A. Vase Second Round, new-look Parkgate beat visitors Esh Winning 4-2, with a Fletcher brace and further strikes from Smith and Hill in front of a bumper crowd of 106.

It was their third successive win - and they made it four on the bounce on Tuesday when they trounced Nostell Miners Welfare 6-1 at Green Lane.

Fletcher scored twice early on and was then sent off, whilst a Smith double, plus further goals from Lee and Cockerill, complete a great night for the Steelmen.

Staveley, who reached the Vase semi-finals last season, couldn’t quite repeat the feat this time around and lost 3-1 to Brighouse after extra time.

Manager Billy Fox must now get his team’s confidence back before they visit unbeaten Hall Road Rangers on Saturday.

A.F.C. Emley also did well to beat fellow leaguers Bottesford Town in the Vase 3-2.

In the leagues, Premier Division Maltby Main had their best showing of the season last Saturday when they held league leaders Bridlington Town to a 1-1 draw, with Michael Cuckson hitting his first goal of the season.

They now face two tough games when Lincoln Moorlands visit Muglet Lane on Saturday, whilst next Wednesday they travel to neighbours Staveley.

Worksop Parramores had a good opportunity to go second last Saturday when they entertained Barton Town but could only manage a 2-2 draw after Adam Woods was sent off.

In Division One, the big derby clash at Phoenix Park saw Hallam romp to a 4-1 win over injury-hit Dinnington Town, who had goalkeeper Hands carried off.

Kistell, Morris, Sellars and Aaron Moxon scored the Hallam goals, with Jefferies registering a late consolation for Dinnington.

On Saturday Dinnington face another tough derby test at high flying Worsbrough Bridge, whilst Hallam return to Sandygate to face Eccleshill United.

The form side at the moment, though, are surely Worsbrough Bridge who came from a goal down last Saturday to win 3-1 at Appleby Frodingham to make it eight league games without defeat and third place in the table, their highest ever placing.