Even fog can’t obscure the weekend’s disappointment

Sheffield FC's Matt Roney
Sheffield FC's Matt Roney

With only three winners, it was a very disappointing weekend for our clubs - and the misery was completed in midweek when three of the four Sheffield and Hallamshire Senior Cup quarter finals were wiped out due to fog.

In the Evo-Stik Division One South, I watched the best match I have seen all season at Sheffield FC’s BT Local Business Stadium.

Sheffield were 3-1 down inside 15 minutes against Coalville Town, but fought back to draw 3-3.

Sheffield won the ‘Fair Play’ award for their division in February but in their first March match that had five players cautioned, and Matt Roney rightly sent off! On Tuesday they visited Worsbrough Bridge in the Senior Cup, and reached the semi-finals after a 3-1 victory on penalties.

On Saturday they are at Market Drayton Town and on Tuesday Lincoln United are their visitors.

In the Premier Division, Stocksbridge Park lost 4-1 at home to Whitby Town.

Their midweek game against AFC Emley was postponed, and will now be played a week on Tuesday.

This weekend, they face table-toppers North Ferriby United whilst next Tuesday they entertain third place FC United of Manchester with a crowd of almost 1,000 in attendance.

In The Baris North Counties East Leagues Premier Division, Worksop Parramores continued their excellent run last Saturday with a 2-1 victory at Glasshoughton Welfare.

Their game in midweek also fell victim to the weather, meaning they are next in action this weekend when they host Long Easton United.

Next Wednesday, they face a trip to bottom club Hall Road Rangers.

Meanwhile, Staveley’s misery continued last weekend when they lost 3-0 away at lowly Winterton Rangers.

On Saturday they entertain second placed Brighouse Town whilst on Tuesday they are at Oxford Street for their Senior Cup tie against Rossington Main.

Parkgate ended their three match losing run last Saturday when goals by Fletcher and Lee gave them a 2-0 home win over bottom of the table Hall Road Rangers in a scrappy affair.

Their postponed cup game against Armthorpe Welfare will be played next Tuesday, after their visit to Thackley.

Maltby Main’s recent good run was ended last Saturday when they lost 1-0 away at Tadcaster Albion, after Mark Stuart was sent off.

They now have no game for two weeks, giving their injured players time to recover.

In Division One, Worsbrough Bridge continued their remarkable winning run last Saturday when they beat Hemsworth Miners Welfare 4-0 .

On Tuesday they lost on penalties to Sheffield FC, after goalkeeper James Jenkinson was taken to hospital with a shoulder injury, and on Saturday they face Louth United.

Next Tuesday, Clipstone Welfare are the visitors to Park Road.

Hallam were looking to bounce back to winning ways last Saturday when they faced Louth United at Sandygate, but were held to a 1-1 draw.

On Saturday they face another hard journey when they visit Langwith Road to face third placed Shirebrook Town.

Next Tuesday it is back to Sandygate to face a struggling Askern Villa.

Dinnington Town’s season of woe continued when last Saturday they lost 3-2 at home to Pontefract Colliery.

Goalkeeper Pugh - Town’s tenth goalkeeper this season - had a steady game.

On Tuesday, their game against Premier League side Nostell Miners Welfare was abandoned after 29 minutes due to fog, with the score goalless.

On Saturday they visit bottom club Selby Town in a game they simply must win.

They follow that with a home game against second placed Knaresborough Town next Tuesday.

I will be in Liverpool on Saturday to watch Sheffield and Hallamshire CFA Under 18s team against Liverpool CFA in the North Counties Under 18s League.

Sheffield are top of the table but a defeat could see them finish third in this their final game - so a win is simply a must.