Sheffield FC and Stocksbridge Park had to settle for a point in their Evo Stik clashes against Romulus and Matlock Town respectively.
However, in Sheffield’s case they had to come from behind to gain a 1-1 draw while Stocksbridge were just three added minutes away from a precious three points.
Nathan Modest scored on his debut after signing from Sheffield Wednesday to rescue his side at Division One rivals Romulus. It left Mark Shaw’s players in fourth place, with only six points seperating the top six clubs so it’s important that they beat bottom club Quorn FC, at the BT Local Business Stadium on Saturday.
On the transfer front, Matt Glass has joined Rainworth Miners Welfare.
It was agony for Stocksbridge as Matlock Town snatched a late equaliser to wipe out Brett Lovell’s first half header. They’re now a point from a spot outside the relegation places in the Premier Division but despite hitting the woodwork three times, overall I thought it was a fair result.
Certainly new manager Chris Willcock has injected more life into his squad but I was disappointed that at least one of the three new signings on the substitutes bench didn’t get a run out, particularly in the second half when Matlock were pushing hard for an equaliser. A long trek to face Kendal Town awaits on Saturday.
Only three points separate the top six clubs in the Baris North Counties East League’s Division One table with three sharing top place on 42 points.
But it is 10th placed Hallam who have raised eyebrows in the past week. After their 4-1 win at Pontefract Colliery, they travelled to Bottesford Town and were two up inside the opening seven minutes through Morris and Moxam. Unfortunately their unsteady defence allowed the home side to draw level and they had to be content with a point from a 2-2 draw.
Even so manager Julian Watts can be well pleased with his players showings and having lost only once in their last four games it’s disappointing they have no game now until Christmas.
Handsworth promotion hopes seem to be slipping away after a run of just three wins in their last seven league games and the postponement of their home against Appleby Frodingham was the last thing they needed. They have slipped down to sixth and Saturday’s trip to a double-seeking Teversal is certainly not going to be easy. Father Christmas though, did come early for Rus Eagles players, with the news that they have been reinstated into the semi-finals of the Presidents Cup after it was discovered that Pontefract Colliery played an illegal player in last week’s 1-0 victory at Olivers Mount. It now means Handsworth have a home tie against Winterton Rangers subject, of course, to there being no appeal success.
Top of the table Worksop Parramore were humbled by Rossington Main for a second time when they were beaten 5-1 by the Doncaster club. Gavin Davis scored their goal but it left manager Darren Bland reeling after their biggest defeat of the season and to make matters worse the club now have no game until the New Year. It is a ridiculous situation for them to be in and one that not only seems totally unreasonable but it could also cost them a promotion place.
Dinnington Town’s season is fast fading away and after seven games without a win, manager Steve Toyne was even more frustrated last Saturday when their match at second-placed Albion Sports was washed out. They look to end a dreadful sequence of results against visitors Bottesford Town on Saturday but I’ll be taking no bets on it. Worsbrough Bridge, whose match against Yorkshire Amateurs was frozen off, visit bottom club Appleby Frodingham.
In the Premier Division, again only nine points separates the top eight clubs. Staveley got back to winning ways when goals by Forres-Chambers and Eagers gave them an interval lead at Thackley and though the home club pulled one back, Billy Fox’s players hung on for a 2-1 win to move up to sixth with two games in hand. They have a return game against Thackley at Inkersall Green on Saturday and they should gain three more points.
Parkgate found themselves a goal down at home to Hall Road Rangers but inspired by a Nathan Swindell’s hat-trick that took his season’s tally to 17, plus a Barlow goal, they won 4-2 to go ninth with three games in hand.