IT WAS bitterly disappointing to see Staveley go out of the FA Vase at the final hurdle last Saturday, but a packed Easter programme means we have no time to feel sorry for ourselves.
We also have four matches on Saturday part of a ‘groundhoppers’ programme, all with varied kick off times to enable supporters to take in all the games.
In The Baris North Counties East Leagues Premier Division, Staveley go back to their promotion race after missing out on the a trip to Wembley. On Tuesday they had a trip to Barton Town in the League Cup Quarter Finals and lost 2-1.
Promotion though is their main aim, as they are ten points adrift of the leaders but with three games in hand and I will be back at another packed Inkersall Green on Saturday to see them face a fast improving Pickering Town (1.30pm).
Maltby Main are struggling against relegation but they extended their unbeaten run to four matches after drawing 3-3 with Barton Town last Saturday. I start my three-match day on Saturday with a visit to the groundhoppers match at Muglet Lane (10.30am) where neighbours Parkgate are the visitors.
Parkgate at last got to grips with their leaky defence last Saturday, beating Winterton Rangers 2-0. Then On Tuesday they visited Armthorpe Welfare, where they crashed 3-0 defeat and ended their promotion dreams for another season.
Handsworth stay top of the division one table after a 2-1 win at Rossington Main, their 12th straight league success. But Easter is a make or break time for our clubs as Olivers Mount is the setting for Handsworth, who are looking to extend their six point lead against bottom club Appleby Frodingham who are already relegated.
Worksop Parramore, without a game last Saturday, visited Worsbrough Bridge on Tuesday and won 1-0 through Gavin Allott. Both sides had earlier missed a penalty each.
Now the third paced club, nine points adrift of the leaders, know Easter is their make or break holiday when on Saturday they entertain a struggling Bottesford Town and neighbours Dinnington Town next Tuesday.
Hallam’s poor run continued last Saturday when they crashed 3-1 at home to neighbours Dinnington Town. It leaves them with one win in their last six games in which they have lost three in a row. They too face a tough Easter program when on Saturday a good young Teversal side are their visitors in another groundhoppers match that kicks off at 4.45pm, whilst on Monday they face a long trek to Louth United.
Dinnington Town are a team in form, after a 3-1 victory at Hallam to move them up to 12th in the table. They start their holiday program tomorrow when they visit in-form Eccleshill United in a groundhoppers game (10.45am). Skipper Andy Sykes will make his 400th outing for the club.
Worsbrough Bridge keep on doing well, and goals Podmore, Ruthven, Goff and Roberts gave them an exciting 4-3 win at Yorkshire Amateurs last Saturday. On Tuesday they lost 1-0 to Worksop Parramore.
I will be at Park Road on Saturday for their groundhoppers clash with Rossington Main (7.45pm), when over 500 are expected. On Monday they visit next-to-bottom Grimsby Borough.
In the Evo-Stik League Premier Division, Stocksbridge Park stepped closer to relegation again last Saturday when they lost 3-0 to a confident Chorley outfit. They are one point clear of the relegation places, and Saturday they entertain runaway leaders Chester City. On Monday they visit relegation rivals Mickleover Sport, a simply must win game.
In Division One South Sheffield F.C. laid more foundations for a play off place last Saturday, when they beat visitors Hucknall Town 1-0 courtesy of a Gascoinge penalty. It leaves them fourth in the table, eight points clear of the chasing pack. On Tuesday they travelled to Frickley Athletic for a Senior Cup Semi Final tie and booked their place in the Hillsborough final thanks to Danny South’s last minute goal. On Saturday they visit third-placed Carlton Town, and on Monday they welcome sixth-placed Belper Town.
Finally on Easter Monday The Mexborough Montague Cup Final takes place at Hampden Road, where a big crowd will be watching holders Swinton Working Mens Club take on AFP (11am).