Vase test for local clubs tops the bill

Action from the game between Parkgate FC and Pickering FC
Action from the game between Parkgate FC and Pickering FC

Despite losing the two top matches last weekend due to the weather, our clubs did well - but one or two face crucial league games this weekend.

It is, however, the FA Vase that tops a list of excellent games.

In the Vase third round, Parkgate capture the headlines as they travel to Durham to face Shildon in a tough game at Dean Street.

I watched the Steelmen last Saturday churn out a hard fought win, beating Pickering Town 2-0 in the Baris North Counties East Leagues Premier Division. Man of the match Sam Smith was outstanding and he scored their first goal as Craig Fletcher hit the second to wrap up three more points.

It leaves them ninth in the table after losing just once in their last six games.

They will, though, be without three key players who are all cup tied on Saturday against a side who are in seventh place in the Northern Leagues Division One and have lost only twice in their last 11 matches.

AFC Emley also have a tough test when they travel to West Close Road to face Barnoldswick Town from the North West Counties Leagues Premier Division.

Fourth placed Worksop Parramores gained one of their best points of the season last Saturday when they visited third placed and in form Brighouse Town and drew 2-2.

They led twice through Scott Bates and Lee Thompson, but were pegged back both times.

They now face four of their next five games away, starting on Saturday when they take their unbeaten four match run to the Queensgate Ground to face second placed Scarborough Athletic.

Maltby Main bounced back from their 3-1 midweek defeat at Staveley to draw 1-1 at managerless Glasshoughton Welfare.

They are now in 16th place in the table and on Saturday they visit Hall Road Rangers, who are a formidable side at their Denes Park ground.

Staveley started their week well when last Wednesday I saw them beat neighbours Maltby Main 3-1, with Nathan Swindells hitting a great hat trick.

But on Saturday they crashed to their biggest defeat of the season, losing at home 4-1 to a classy Thackley side.

Richard Patterson scored their goal, but it did not hide a lacklustre performance that left manager Billy Fox furious with his squad.

I can see him making a number of changes this weekend when they face Retford United at Inkersall Green, looking to extend their run of just two defeats in 11 outings.

In Division One, Dinnington Town’s hoodoo at their Phoenix Park ground continued last week when they were held to a 1-1 draw by next to the bottom Appleby Frodingham, who equalised in the last minute.

On Saturday they entertain Rossington Main hoping to end a run of four matches without a win, whilst next Tuesday they visit in form Worsbrough Bridge.

Hallam gained their best win of the season last Saturday when they won 3-1 at Knaresborough Town with new signings Aaron Moxon hitting two goals, whilst Scot Hartley hit a debut goal on his return to the club.

It leaves them in 17th place in the table with a five point cushion over the two relegation places.

Sadly their away match on Tuesday at Worsbrough Bridge was called off due to the weather. On Saturday they entertain Clipstone Welfare at Sandygate.

Frustration is the name of the game for seventh-placed Worsbrough Bridge, who saw their third game in a row lost to the weather last Saturday.

Then on Tuesday their home game against Hallam was called off due to the weather. They now have two more attractive home games when Knaresborough Town are the visitors on Saturday followed by Dinnington Town next Tuesday

In the Evo-Stik Premier Division Stocksbridge Park lost a seven goal thriller 4-3 at Nantwich Town.

Danny South gave them a third minute lead but again they shot themselves in the foot when five minutes later they had midfielder Nick Swirad sent off and they went 4-1 down.

But they never gave up the fight and six minutes from time they scored twice through Jordan Thewliss but they could not find another goal.

It leaves them next to the bottom and, having played four and five games more than the clubs around them, they must be favourites for relegation.

I will be at The Look Local Stadium on Saturday to watch a great derby clash against in-form Worksop Town.

In Division One South, Sheffield FC fielded three loan players from Lincoln City and three under 19s squad players against Newcastle Town - and Andy Gascoigne’s early penalty gave them their first win in six matches.

It leaves them ninth in the league, just six points behind the play off places with two matches in hand.

Their match on Tuesday at home to Garforth Town was postponed for a second time.

On Saturday they face a tricky away day when they visit Loughborough Dynamoes no doubt hoping to recharge their batteries, whilst next Tuesday they try again to entertain Garforth Town in the Dodson League Cup First Round.