Brian Bradley’s Non-League Football Notes: How our clubs do love to be beside the seaside...


Our clubs certainly like to be beside the seaside, after they had three major wins in just seven days.

And the icing on the cake came last Saturday, when we had five winners and only two defeats. Three clubs also moved out of relegation trouble, so you could say it was our best day of the season to date.

This weekend sees five clubs at home and only three away, including one at the seaside again.

Our clubs really blossomed in the Evo-Stik League Division One South, where I saw Sheffield FC win 4-1 last Wednesday away at Whitby Town in the League Cup.

Ashley Longstaff scored a hat trick inside the first 19 minutes and young keeper Jake Eastwood saved a penalty, to give them another away tie in the next round at Farsley Celtic.

Then last Saturday they travelled to a struggling Brigg Town and won 2-0, to make it two away wins in a row after going five away games without a win.

Richard Stirrup and Michael Onovwigun scored their goals and their clean sheet was the first since Agust 25. It moves them up to 16th in the table and it should give them confidence to face fifth placed Stafford Rangers at home on Saturday.

Stocksbridge Park went one better last Saturday as they beat second placed Newcastle Town 3-2, to register their first win in 11 league and cup games.

Man of the match Bradley Grayson hit two goals including a last minute winner and Lee Garside completed the win, against a side who had previously lost only once in eight games.

The win sent Steels ten points clear of the relegation zone and they now face two crucial home games. On Saturday they welcome Chase Town and next Tuesday they entertain bottom club Kidsgrove Athletic to the Look Local Stadium.

In the Toolstation NCEL Division One, Hallam ended a splendid week with another away win at bottom club Grimsby Borough where, thanks to goals by man of the match Jake Wright (2), Steve Brammer (2) and Jack Hall, they won 5-0 to send them up another place and they are now five points clear of the relegation places. I will be at Sandygate on Saturday as the Countrymen entertain in-form Bottesford Town in what should be a real test for Ryan Hindley’s new look squad.

In the Premier Division derby at Green Lane I saw Handsworth Parramores over come hosts Parkgate 2-0 to complete a winning double over the Steelmen, with both goals from man of the man Lee Whittington.

Then on Tesday night they were looking for a fifth straight league and cup win when they visited minnows Swallownest Miners Welfare in the Sheffield and Hallamshire Senior Cup Quarter Finals and after struggling a little in the first half they hit top form to win 7-0.