One winner in the FA Vase was the only compensation for our clubs which saw nine and five goal league defeats, but this weekend sees the FA Cup First Qualifying Round to excite our fans again.
In the Evo-Stik Division One South Sheffield FC made it three without defeat when they again came from behind to beat Market Drayton Town 3-1 with Fereday, Gascoigne and Zeph Thomas, back from Canada, scoring whilst new keeper Jamie Annerson had good game. On Tuesday I was with them at Scarborough for a tough one but in gale force conditions they were outstanding with Fereday, Gregory and Gascoigne all net in a battling 3-1 success. They are at Westfield Lane for the day’s big clash with Frickley in the FA Cup.
In the Premier Division, Stocksbridge Park’s dream start last Saturday, when Telling game them the lead at home to Nantwich Town, fell apart amidst a hatful of missed chances and they crashed 5-1.
It then became seven without a win on Tuesday at newly-promoted Grantham Town, the scorers being Senior and South scoring. On Saturday they entertain Ramsbottom United in the FA Cup and next Tuesday entertain Witton Albion.
In the Toolstation N.Counties East League Premier Division Parramore Sports had a good 0-0 draw at Retford Town ahead of the club’s biggest ever game at home to Evo-Stik side Cammell Laird on Sunday (3.30) in the FA Cup. In the league next Tuesday they entertain Brid Town where Parkgate forced a 0-0 draw last Saturday.
But on Tuesday they lost 2-1 at home to Lincoln Moorlands, scorer Hopkins sent off in the second half along with two visiting players. On Saturday they entertain Glasshoughton Welfare.
Staveley, with new keeper Lawrence Matthewson in great form, deserved their 0-0 draw at high flying Athersley Recreation.
Maltby Main suffered an eighth straight defeat, 3-0 at home to Squires Gate in the FA Vase.
Hallam were not at their Sunday best against Shirebrook Town in the FA Vase and lost 2-1. Sampson equalised with a penalty but a late own goal saw them crash out. On Saturday they visit Shirebrook in the league.
Sunday action too for Worsbrough Bridge and they beat Ashton Town 2-1 with a brilliant 30 yard extra-time winner from Jamie Young in the F.A. Vase. Bridge had levelled with just five seconds remaining through Dean Sidebottom’s deflected shot. On Tuesday they lost their magnificent 20 month unbeaten home record when going down 3-1 to Yorkshire Amateurs. Next Tuesday they entertain Barnsley rivals Shaw Lane Aquaforce.
Dinnington Town seven straight defeats on Saturday, 9-0 to leaders Shaw Lane Aqua Force was their biggest ever defeat.