Handsworth heaven

Lewis Pearle goes on a run for Dinnington
Lewis Pearle goes on a run for Dinnington

It’s been a dream seven days for Handsworth. They started with a 3-0 win over Bottesford Town at Olivers Mount coutesy of goals from Cockerill, Cusworth and Roebuck and then hammered hosts Grimsby Borough 4-0 with Cockerill hitting two. Hill and Torr were the other marksmen.

Then on Tuesday they visited Askern Welfare looking for a fourth successive league win and that man Cockerill was on target again as his lone goal was enough to give Handsworth three points and take them to the top of the Baris North Counties East League First Division table.

They’re without a game on Saturday but face another away day next Wednesday when they visit the fast-improving Albion Sports.

Hallam, after two four goal victories, have a had a 10 day break, and to make matters worse, they’re having to play their home FA Vase first qualifying round tie away at free-scoring derby rivals Rossington Main because of cricket. They follow that up on Tuesday with a league derby at lowly Worsbrough Bridge who crashed to a 6-0 defeat at Eccleshill United last Saturday. However they entertained Rossington Main in the League Cup second round on Tuesday and after twice being behind they came through 3-2 winners with Kelsey hitting two in the final three minutes after Garside’s earlier goal. Worksop Parramore beat hosts Teversal 1-0 thanks to a sixth minute strike from Andrew Wood to make it four wins in a row. On Saturday they visit lowly Yorkshire Amateurs and next Tuesday face Glasshoughton Welfare at Sandy Lane.

Dinnington Town flattered only to deceive last Saturday, when, after two good wins, they draw a very poor game 0-0 at home to Yorkshire Amateurs but they proved their critics wrong yet again on Tuesday with a superb 2-0 win at unbeaten Louth United their goals coming from McKenzie and Reet.

Without a game on Saturday they visit Bottesford Town next Wednesday.

In the Premier Division, a much depleted Staveley outfit visited Evo-Stik side Goole AFC in the FA Cup and despite outplaying their opponents they had to settle for a 1-1 draw. Simon Barraclough scored their goal as Goole equalised with two minutes to go but Staveley had Forrest-Chambers sent off. I saw the replay on Tuesday night and after going a goal down inside three minutes, Staveley turned on the style as two great goals from Man of the Match Simon Barraclough and one from Chris Coy earned them a superb 3-1 win.

On Saturday despite all their injury problems, they will be looking to regain top spot when they entertain a very good Hall Road Rangers and then next Tuesday they visit Arnold Town.

I was at Green Lane last Saturday to see if Parkgate could hit form in the FA Cup against Hall Road Rangers but it was the Hull side who tore apart a dreadful Parkgate defence and led 2-0 after less than 25 minutes. Indeed they were so bad that manager Doug Shelley replaced both his full backs and immediately they looked strong as Worsfold equalised on the stroke of half-time and Woods converted a penalty on the hour to give them a 2-2 draw and get them out of jail. However they went down 2-0 in Tuesday’s replay despite more than holding their own.

They entertain newcomers Barton Town on Saturday and visit Liversedge next Tuesday.

Maltby Main’s season continues to go downhill after an embarrassing 6-0 defeat at home to Winterton Rangers, o make no wins since the opening day of the season and no goals scored in their last four in a run of a run five straight defeats. On Saturday I will be at Muglet Lane, where they face the Central Midlands outfit Kinsley Boys in the FA Vase and it looks a classic banana skin game for the Miners who have nothing to gain and everything to lose.

Sheffield FC had another nightmare away day last Saturday when after leading twice through Burgin and Marrison, they crashed to a 3-2 defeat against Garforth Town in the FA Cup. Manager Mark Shaw must be wondering what he as to do to get an away win out of his players after just one point from four. On Saturday they travel to Market Drayton Town and next Tuesday they host Brigg Town.

Stocksbridge Park visited Evo-Stik Premier Division leaders Hednesford Town and, despite going a goal down, drew 1-1 with Muldoon hitting a late equaliser.