ANOTHER sensational week with goals and good football makes it the best start to a season that I can remember ... and the crowds are loving it, with over 1,000 watching seven games involving our clubs last weekend.
Another action-packed week sees five of our clubs involved in FA Cup ties, five looking to maintain their 100 per cent unbeaten start, while four are seeking their first success of this campaign.
In the FA Cup extra preliminary round, worth £750 to the winning clubs, Hallam bid for their first win of the season but a trip to unbeaten Scarborough Athletic is going to be mighty tough, even more so after Tuesday’s 2-0 league defeat at Hemsworth MW when Hallam had Man of the Match keeper Naylor to thank for keeping the scoreline respectable.
After their cup exploits Julian Watts takes his players to AFC Emley next Tuesday for a bottom of the table battle.
Handsworth with three wins in six days, top the table after beating Dinnington Town 2-1 with Cusworth and Bates finding the net. They now face another home game against neighbours Worksop Parramores on Saturday and I expect them to build on their winning start.
Sheffield FC’s new boss Mark Shaw had a great start when his side came from a goal down to beat Evo-Stik Division One South rivals Sutton Coldfield Town 3-2 with goals from Gascoigne, Woolley and Higginson.
Then on Tuesday they visited another in-form club Kidsgrove Athletic and despite a Shane Kelsey goal went down to a 2-1 defeat.
I will travel with them to league newcomers New Mills on Saturday and they follow this with a home game against Grantham Town next Tuesday.
In the Premier Division Stocksbridge Park made a positive start at Marine but went down 1-0 to late goal despite playing well.
I watched them take a point in a very scrappy 1-1 home draw against Ashton United on Tuesday. Antony Lloyd hit a ninth minute penalty but another penalty close to half-time earned the visitors a deserved point.
Gary Marrow’s players are at home to Stafford Rangers on Saturday while next Tuesday they visit financial strapped North Ferriby United who have yet to win a game.
Unbeaten Maltby Main did well to gain a point last Saturday when they held hosts Lincoln Moorlands to a 2-2 draw courtesy of goals from Branagan and Lavender. It set them up nicely for Tuesday’s clash at Thackley which ended 1-1 although they should have all three points. John Wragg put them ahead in the first half and they were denied victory by an injury-time penalty.
Maltby welcome Glasshoughton Welfare in the Cup on Saturday, a game the Miners should win, and then next Wednesday take a trip to Shirebrook Town in the League Cup second round.
Staveley’s dream start to their season continued when they followed up their 2-1 win over Thackley - Damms and Thornton got the goals - with a similar result against Winterton Rangers. Damms maintained his goal a game and Barraclough hit his first for the club.
They visited Liversedge on Tuesday in the League Cup where a Aymen Tahar goal was enough to secure them their fourth straight victory and that despite having forward Thornton in goal throughout the game.
Winterton Rangers return to Inkersall Green on Saturday for what should be a classic Cup tie.
Parkgate’s season has already turned sour with three successive defeats and 10 goals conceded, the latest being a 2-0 home defeat to Retford United, which followed their 4-2 loss after extra-time at Winterton Rangers in the Presidents Cup. Turner scored both their goals.
They look for a confidence boost on Saturday when Grimsby Borough are the visitors in the Cup while next Tuesday they visit Louth Town in the League Cup first round.
It is Dinnington Town though, who face the toughest test when they visit Pickering Town on Sunday, for what looks like a foregone conclusion in the Cup. Steve Toyne’s side had given a much improved display in the 2-1 defeat at Handsworth in which Matt Smith scored their goal after keeper Luke Hands had kept them in the game with a string of fine saves.
In the Baris North Counties East League’s First Division I saw my Team of the Week Worsbrough Bridge score a brilliant 3-2 win at Worksop Parramore with Podmore and Roberts running a lethargic home defence ragged. Garside, two and Podmore scored their goals in a pulsating game.
On Saturday they visit bottom of the table Teversal and then go to Grimsby Borough in the Wilkinson Sword Trophy, next Tuesday.
Worksop Parramore were looking to build on their four goal winning start the previous week and will complain their luck was out against Worsbrough, as they hit the bar and post four times and missed a penalty. Nolan and Thompson were their marksmen.
Poor defending again cost them dear in Tuesday’s Wilkinson Sword Trophy clash against Louth Town when they crashed to a 5-1 defeat, Tom Nolan getting their lone goal.
On Saturday they have another top derby at Olivers Mount against unbeaten Handsworth and then face another unbeaten club Hemsworth Miners Welfare, in a league clash next Tuesday.
Meanwhile Parramlore’s Managing Director-manager Peter Whitehead is looking for an experienced team boss. Anyone interested should contact Peter on 07793399911 or write to him at, Peter Whitehead, Worksop Parramore, The Windsor Foodservice, Sandy Lane, Worksop, Notts S80 1UJ, enclosing your CV.