Huge weekend for local clubs

Jordan Eagers
Jordan Eagers

After a mixed set of results, our local clubs now face the biggest week of their season.

On Saturday we have an FA Trophy first qualifying round tie, whilst all our other clubs have important league games.

Then in midweek, every club plays in the Sheffield and Hallamshire Senior Cup second round.

In the Toolstation NCEL First Division, the alarm bells are ringing for Hallam manager Chris Sellars at Sandygate.

Last Saturday they visited in-form Cleethorpes Town and were beaten 4-1, extending their winless run to eleven league and cup games.

Dinnington Town finally won their first game of the season - beating Teversal 1-0 thanks to Liam Cartledge’s goal.

Teversal’s management team resigned after the result, and Town still remain bottom of the league.

Worsbrough Bridge remain fourth in the table but last Saturday they threw away two points. Then on Tuesday, they visited Shirebrook Town for a crucial league game and won 2-1.

In the Premier Division, Parramore continued their good run with a 2-0 home success over Basford Town.

They are now six points off the top of the league, with four games in hand.

Staveley made the short trip to Armthorpe Welfare where, after a lacklustre showing, they crashed to a 2-0 defeat.

Parkgate’s miserable season hit rock bottom last Saturday when they lost 6-2 at home to Barton Town.

In the Evo-Stik Premier Division Stocksbridge Park looked on course for their first win in nine league games when they led 2-0 at half time against Witton Albion last Saturday.

But a poor second half showing meant they had to settle for a 2-2 draw.

In Division One South, I visited The Oval to watch Sheffield FC beat managerless Bedworth United 3-1 in a game where both defences looked very poor in the first half.

That result saw Sheffield just three points outside the play-off places, and on Tuesday I watched their game at home to Brigg Town where they salvaged a 1-1 draw.

In the FA Cup second qualifying round, Worksop Town had a great 5-3 win over Stalybridge Celtic - giving them another away tie at Solihull Moors or Leamington.

n Saturday’s fixtures: Hallam v Hemsworth MW, Appleby Frodingham v Dinnington Town, Teversal v Worsbrough Bridge, Lincoln Moorlands Rail v Parramore, Staveley v Heanor Town, Liversidge v Parkgate, Maltby Main v Garforth Town, Stocksbridge PS v Ilkeston Town, Padiham v Sheffield FC.

n Tuesday’s fixtures: Sheffield and Hallamshire Senior Cup second round: Hallam v Oughtibridge WMSC, Kinsley Boys v Maltby Main, Parkgate v Hemsworth MW, Parramore v Phoenix.

n Wednesday: Staveley v Worsbrough Bridge, Penistone Church v Sheffield FC, Stocksbridge Park v Dinnington Town, Harworth Colliery v Frickley Athletic.