Ups and downs for Hallam, Sheffield Club and Stocksbridge Park in a week of contrasting fortunes for our clubs.
Hallam recovered from their fourth successive defeat, 4-0 at high-flying Scarborough Athletic in the FA Cup which wasn’t totally unexpected to gain their first win of the season at AFC Emley.
They went behind after only 16 seconds and trailed for a second time before coming through for a 4-2 win with goals by Kistell two, Warriner and new signing from Worksop Parramore Adam Todd.
They have no game on Saturday but visit unbeaten Yorkshire Amateurs next Tuesday.
I watched Sheffield FC go down 2-1 at newly promoted New Mills who now top the Division One South table. Andy Gascoinge gave them a lifeline after equalising with a penalty on half-time, but in truth they were always second best with two or three players simply not interested in playing as a team. White, Higginson and Woolley were outstanding but I feel with no width Woolley is wasted at full back, while their pre-season flair was simply not there.
On Tuesday they entertained Grantham Town who surprisingly are close to the bottom of the table without a win and after a greatly improved performance, Sheffield came away with a 2-0 win courtesy of goals from Graham and Higginson.
On Saturday they welcome Carlton Town who have three successive wins behind them while on Monday they visit Goole AFC who are a place below Club in the table.
Stocksbridge Park welcomed back Colin Marrison last Saturday for his first game of the season after suspension and he duly obliged scoring the game’s only goal against Evo-Stik Premier Division rivals Stafford Rangers, to give Park their first win of the season after a much better all-round display.
Unfortuunately they failed to build on it when they travelled to cash-strapped North Ferriby United on Tuesday. Another Marrison goal from the penalty spot gave them the lead but some poor defending saw them crash to a shock 2-1 defeat.
They face a tough test at Chester FC, who are returning from the ‘dead,’ on Saturday and next Monday, I will watch them entertain a Buxton side, who under John Reed have yet to gain a point this season.
In the Baris North Counties East Leagues Premier Division Staveley continued their great start to the season when they registered their fifth straight victory, with a resounding 4-0 FA Cup extra preliminary round win over Winterton Rangers who had a player sent off. Ryan Damms hit the season’s first hat-trick, including two penalties, while Martin Foster completed the rout.
Parkgate, still without a league win and next to the bottom of the table, relaxed in the FA Cup and hammered First Division Grimsby Borough 4-1, thanks to two goals from Chris Woods and one each from Nathan Swindells and Ashley Worsfold.
With their League Cup game at Louth cancelled on Tuesday due to a Cup replay, they are now ready for a holiday double header against in-form Armthorpe Welfare on Saturday while I will be among the crowd on Monday at Nostell Miners Welfare (noon kick off).
Maltby Main, unbeaten in the league, suffered a shock 2-1 home defeat in the Cup to First Division Glasshoughton Welfare. They looked to be cruising to a win when Sean Greaves gave them a 10 minute lead but a goal deep in added time pushed them through the exit door.
In Division One Dinnington have a new chairman. Mick Kent, a Company Director of Powertech Industrial Ltd, has taken over the role but it failed to stop them losing 3-0 at Shirebrook Town in the League Cup first round.
I was among a good-sized crowd who saw them go down 2-0 in the FA Cup at Pickering Town to a freak goal and a ‘saved’ penalty which the striker followed up to score. It was cruel on the club who played without four players, three of whom, disgracefully never said they were not coming.
My Team of the Week is Worksop Parramore who after two successive defeats went to unbeaten Handsworth and won 5-2 after a superb performance, in which Nolan two, Davis two and Preece scored their goals while on-loan signings from Sheffield FC Cyrus Lewis and Nicky Haywood made a big difference in their defence. Then on Tuesday they visited another unbeaten club Hemsworth Miners Welfare and before the game they announced that Darren Bland, the former Hallam, Stave0ley and Emley manager, was their new boss with immediate effect. He couldn’t have got off to a better start as Parramore cracked home five more goals via Asquith two, Lewis, Dawson and Thompson to win 5-1 and stay top of the table.