County Senior League in Seventh heaven

The Windsor Food Service County Senior League has been awarded the Step Seven in the Pyramid of Football.

Only two leagues in the country achieved this mark with 100 per cent of their clubs’ grounds up to standard and the County Senior League is now one of four official feeder leagues into The Baris North Counties East League.

The League is the first in the Sheffield and Hallamshire CFA to achieve this status and while some changes are inevitable the committee is adamant it will follow through with whatever course of action is necessary.

Every season I grumble about the Presidents Cup, yet each season our clubs strive to finish in the top eight of their respective divisions, so they can enter the competition.

However it’s one no club needs or wants and at last it seems voices like mine have been heard, with the news that The Evo-Stik League has voted overwhelmingly to defer the Presidents Cup for at least the coming season and the trophy will be awarded instead, to the winning club in their Fair Play League.

It’s a step in the right direction. Now let’s hope the competition is scrapped completely in all leagues and the sooner the better.

Ironically, the draw for the Presidents Cup first round in the Baris NCE League, was made this week and includes Winterton Rangers against Parkgate, Handsworth at home to AFC Emley and Staveley hosting Thackley.

The Wilkinson Sword Edge Trophy first round draw sees Worksop Parramore travel to Louth United, Dinnington Town entertain Brodsworth Welfare and Hallam welcome Appleby Frodingham.

In the second round, Handsworth face AFC Emley and Worsborough bridge await the winners of the Grimsby Borough v Yorkshire Amateurs clash.

Other matches include: Hallam or Appleby Frodingham v Teversal, Askern Villa v Louth United or Worksop Parramore and Dinnington or Brodsworth Welfare v Hemsworth.

Pre-season friendlies start next Tuesday at Phoenix Park when Dinnington Town entertain Sheffield Wednesday (7.30pm) while Sheffield FC host Sheffield United’s first team on Saturday, July 9 (3.00pm). It’s not all ticket but tickets are on sale at both clubs grounds.

Parkgate entertain Macclesfield Town on July 8 (7pm) and face Rotherham United on Monday, August 1 (7pm).

Stocksbridge Park’s big game against Sheffield Wednesday is on Wednesday, July 20 (7.45pm) while Worksop Town have a Sandy Lane date with Sheffield United on Tuesday, July 12 (7.45pm) and Wednesday on Saturday, July 16 (3pm).

Newly-promoted Staveley officially open their new 250 seater stand at Inkersall Green against Chesterfield on Wednesday, July 20 (7.45pm).