Egg-celent weekend ‘four’ Bennett in rout of Askern

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What a great Easter weekend.

Three of our local clubs won on Saturday, whilst three lost, and there were points in the Easter eggs of two more clubs on Monday.

My Easter got off to a rousing start, when on Friday I saw Athersley Recreation beat bottom club Askern Welfare 8-1 in front of a record crowd of 507, who saw Steve Bennett score four goals.

On Saturday I was at Oxford Street to watch Hallam lose 4-3 to Rossington Main. Then on Tuesday, their game against Askern Welfare was postponed.

They now face a hectic seven days: on Saturday they welcome neighbours Worsbrough Bridge to Sandygate, then on Tuesday Clipstone Welfare are the visitors, and next Thursday they entertain Bottesford Town.

Worsbrough Bridge opened their Easter program with a 2-1 home win over Yorkshire Amateurs thanks to goals from White and Podmore, and on Monday they beat fourth-placed Shirebrook Town by the same scoreline for their sixth straight league win.

On Monday they visit Teversal, and on Wednesday they travel to Louth United.

Dinnington Town, whose game against Shirebrook Town was iced off last Saturday, visit second-placed Cleethorpes Town on Saturday.

In the Premier Division, Worksop Parramore dropped to fifth place in the table after losing 3-0 at Pickering Town last Saturday.

It was their first defeat of the year after a run of twelve unbeaten games, so it was important to gain a win on Tuesday as I watched them at Sandy Lane against neighbours Parkgate in the League Cup Quarter Finals, where a brace from Lee Holmes gave them a 2-0 win with goalkeeper Steve Hernandez in fine form.

On Saturday, once again, they face Parkgate at the same venue - this time in a vital league encounter.

Parkgate made it two wins in a row on Saturday when they beat a lively Liversedge 4-2.

On Saturday, they return to Worksop Parramore for a crucial league game whilst next Tuesday they travel to Thackley.

Maltby Main are finding life hard at the moment: on Saturday, they crashed to a 3-1 defeat at Retford United.

With only one win in five outings, they entertained Long Eaton United on Tuesday and lost 4-0, a missed penalty adding to their woes.

On Saturday, Muglet Lane is the setting for a tough encounter against Arnold Town. Next Wednesday they visit Winterton Rangers, another struggling outfit.

Things seem to be picking up for Staveley, who followed up a midweek Senior Cup 2-0 victory at Rossington Main by drawing 3-3 at Armthorpe Welfare last Saturday.

Ryan Damms, Lewis Jackson and a last minute strike by Jamie Smith gave them their first league point in eleven outings.

Then on Tuesday they travelled to Liversedge and suffered their heaviest defeat in many years, going down 8-1.

Now they have a big week ahead.

On Saturday, Glasshoughton Welfare visit Inkersall Green and next Thursday I will be at the BT Local Business Stadium to watch them face Sheffield FC in The Sheffield and Hallamshire Senior Cup semi final.

In the Evo-Stik League Premier Division, Stocksbridge Park Steels lost another game at home last Saturday - but still moved out of the bottom two.

On Monday, they crashed 4-0 at FC United of Manchester, in front of a 1,600 plus crowd.

Next week seems even harder when neighbours Frickley Athletic drop into the Look Local Stadium on Saturday.

Stafford Rangers make the same trip on Tuesday, and then Frickley return for their Senior Cup semi-final on Thursday.

Who said it was tough at the top?

Sheffield FC got their Easter off to a flying start when on Saturday they came from a goal down to win 2-1 at Rainworth Miners Welfare.

On Monday I was at the BT Local Business Stadium as they beat Kidsgrove Athletic 3-0, with two from Jack Muldoon.

Tonight their gruelling run in continues, with Lincoln United their visitors.

On Saturday they visit Northwich Victoria, whilst next Thursday they entertain Staveley in the Senior Cup semi finals.

On Monday morning I was at Hampden Road for the Mexborough Montagu Cup Final.

AFP won the trophy for the second successive season, with a 2-0 win over Swinton WMC.

In the Baris North Counties East League Cup semi finals, Nostell Miners Welfare will play Louth United.