FOOTBALL: ‘Excited’ Rossington announce link up with Doncaster Rovers

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Rossington Main have forged a partnership with their football League neighbours Doncaster Rovers, which could see young talent turning out regularly for the NCEL Division One side.

Rossington chairman Carl Stokes said: “The committee and I are absolutely delighted to be linked with Doncaster Rovers.

“As a community based club, we feel it is our duty to help with the development of talented local players.

“I’m sure this announcement will excite an awful lot of people, especially the Donny Rovers fans throughout our local area.”

Those sentiments were echoed by Rossington manager Steve Brennan, who added: “This is a great opportunity for the club to link to a well structured academy set up at a professional club and is a huge step forward for our development plan.

Club Doncaster Foundation Academy co-ordinator Sam Parkin said: “Being able to work with such a well established local club like Rossington is fantastic.

“It’s a great way for our academy players to continue to develop their skills playing for the Foundation in midweek and Rossington on Saturday, representing them in either their U19s or the first team as part of their development programme.”

Parkin added: “Five of our current academy players are trialling for the club with the hope of them signing in the next few weeks.”

Meanwhile, Worsbrough Bridge Athletic have announced that local businessman Jonathan Cotterill-Bolsover is their new chairman.

He has been a coach at the club for the past three years and takes over the post from long-serving John Cooper, who has retired from the post.

Cotterill-Bolsover said: “It is a privilege to hold such position at the club that has so much tradition within the local area. There is a lot of work to do over the next few years but I am determined to take the club into a new area.”

Cotterill- Bolsover added: “A mention must be made to departing chairman John, who has worked tirelessly to keep the club moving into the present day. He deserves his retirement and can now sit back and enjoy his football.”

n Hallam showed just how far they have progressed under new boss Ryan Hindley as the Countrymen dumped Premier Division Garfoth Town out of the League Cup, winning 1-0 at Sandygate Road.

Full-back Elliott Simpson hit the only goal of the game 10 minutes before the break after the visitors had only half cleared a corner.

Hallam’s reward is a local derby at Handsworth Parramore in the last eight.

After back-to back draws, Worksop Town returned to winning ways to boost their title hopes with a 4-0 victory at Liversedge on Tuesday. It proved to be a good evening for the Tigers as the Premier Division leaders Tadcaster Albion slipped up 2-1 at home against Thackley which allowed Mark Shaw’s side to move to within a point of the summit.

After riding out the home side’s early pressure, Worksop took a ninth-minute lead when James Cottingham’s shot found the top corner.

The Tigers doubled the lead just before the break when Conor Higginson curled in a fine effort, and Sam Liversedge added the third midway through the second half.

Connor Sellars added the fourth from the penalty spot, following a foul on Higginson 10 minutes from time.

Parkgate slumped to a fourth straight defeat, losing 3-1 at Armthorpe Welfare as the home side boosted their survival hopes.

Adam Stapleford-Jones gave the Steelmen a 10th minute lead but Welfare had turned it around before the interval with brace from leading scorer Joe Lumsden, before Tom McLaughlin wrapped up the points with the third six minutes after the break.

Staveley Miners Welfare moved level on points with fourth-placed Shaw Lane Aquaforce, after a late winner saw the Miners beat Barton Town Old Boys 3-2 at Inkersall Road to claim a league double.

But Rossington Main slipped to a first defeat in four, going down 3-1 at home against Selby Town.