Football: Staveley star Chris isn’t Coy in easy Rangers win

Staveley's  Chris Coy fights off a challenge from Maltby's Michael Jones
Staveley's Chris Coy fights off a challenge from Maltby's Michael Jones

There was a mixed bag of results last Saturday with four clubs losing, but it was pleasing to see two of our clubs having their best wins of the season and one sharing a six goal thriller.

Saturday sees five of our clubs at home, a big derby encounter and a great looking FA Vase tie.

Sadly, though, the entire midweek fixtures were literally put on ice, with none of our clubs able to play either at home or away.

There is no doubt though that the big talking point is all centred on Hallam, who have run into their best run of form for some years.

Manager Julian Watts kept faith with his squad, who have repaid him with a seven match unbeaten run.

Last Saturday they beat Askern Villa 7-1, to move up to 15th in the table.

On Saturday Hallam face table toppers Athersley Recreation in the division’s match of the day, and could field new signings Lloyd Gelsthorpe and Wes Hill, from Worsbrough Bridge and Worksop Parramore respectively.

Injury-hit Dinnington Town’s poor form was reflected this week when they crashed to a 4-0 defeat at Eccleshill United on Wednesday, and then went down 2-0 to Teversal on Saturday.

On Saturday they entertain a poor Grimsby Borough outfit whilst next Tuesday they visit Nostell Miners Welfare in the League Cup third round.

Worsbrough Bridge visited AFC Emley last Saturday looking for a third win over them this season.

But Emley’s winner, in the fifth minute of injury time, ended Bridge’s three-match unbeaten run.

On Saturday they entertain Askern Villa at Park Road, and host Clipstone Welfare on Tuesday. In the Premier Division, Staveley started their week with a good 4-0 home win against Hall Road Rangers last Wednesday, thanks to Simon Barraclough’s double and further goals from Chris Coy and Jordan Eagers, but on Saturday they were held to a 1-1 draw by Long Eaton United.

On Saturday they visit Nostell Miners Welfare whilst next Tuesday they travel to first division Shirebrook Town for a League Cup third round tie.

Maltby Main were our stars last Saturday, when they comprehensively beat Liversedge 4-1 at Muglet Lane.

On Saturday they have a derby clash at Sandy Lane against in-form Worksop Parramore.

Parramore go into that game on the back of a 1-0 win at lowly Lincoln Moorlands, thanks to a goal from new signing Danny McKenzie.

On Saturday they are at home for the first time since November 17th when they face Maltby Main. On Tuesday, they have a cracking cup tie against Bridlington Town.

Third-placed Brighouse Town had to come from behind to beat Parkhate 2-1 last weekend.

On Saturday the Steelmen have an attractive home game against Retford United and next Tuesday they visit Armthorpe Welfare.

In the Evo-Stik League Premier Division, Stocksbridge Park drew 3-3 at home to Witton Albion.

I was at the BT Local Business Stadium last Saturday as Sheffield FC entertained Halesowen Town; and were comprehensively beaten 3-0.

It was their first defeat under interim manager Ian Whitehorne.

On Saturday they visit bottom club Hucknall Town whilst next Tuesday they face a home game against another struggling club, Lincoln United.

On Saturday I will be at the Welfare Ground for the big FA Vase Fourth Round tie between AFC Emley and Suffolk based Hadleigh United.

Emley have won ten of their last 11 games and face a seventh placed Hadleigh side who have won only once in their last six games.