Purkiss and Gascoigne combine for Club victory

Andy Gascoigne squares the ball for Joel Purkiss (2nd left) to put Sheffield in front agains Kidsgrove
Andy Gascoigne squares the ball for Joel Purkiss (2nd left) to put Sheffield in front agains Kidsgrove

The weather may have been dull last Saturday, but there was a feast of football, goals and crowds. In the North Counties East League, 2,829 spectators watched 90 goals go in.

Sadly Hallam, conceded eight and Parkgate let in four. And in the Evo-Stik League, Stocksbridge shipped three as, once again, only two of our clubs won.

This week sees games in both the FA Trophy and Vase, guaranteed to whet the appetite of local fans.

In the Evo-Stik League Division One South, I and 274 other spectators watched Sheffield FC beat Kidsgrove Athletic 2-0 thanks to goals by Joel Purkiss and Andy Gascoigne.

Then on Tuesday, they beat Newcastle Town 5-3 to extend their unbeaten run to six games. On Saturday they visit Premier Division side Ashton United in the FA Trophy, and two days later they travel to Romulous FC.

Stocksbridge Park made it 12 league games without a win when they crashed 3-0 at Marine last Saturday and had skipper Will Senior sent off, leaving them five points adrift in the relegation places.

Under pressure manager Darren Schofield faces a tough week as they entertain in form Scarborough Athletic in the FA Trophy on Saturday and then host neighbours Worksop Town next Tuesday.

In the Toolstation North Counties East League Premier Division, Parkgate again lost 4-0 at home to Pickering Town - leaving them one place above relegation after 12 league games without a win.

On Saturday they visit North West Counties side Bootle in the FA Vase.

Worksop Parramore went ahead at Winterton Rangers through Sam Smith, but had to settle for a point when the home side equalised in the final minute.

They are now 13 points adrift of the leaders, and on Saturday they entertain North West Counties table toppers Runcorn Linnets in the FA Vase. Next Tuesday, league leaders Thackley are their visitors.

Staveley’s poor form was forgotten last Saturday when they visited Thackley and although they lost 1-0, they played really well against ten men.

But they have won only once in their last five league games, leaving manager Neil Cluxton with many problems both in attack and defence.

On Saturday they entertain West Didsbury and Chorlton in the FA Vase, and follow that next Wednesday away at Barton Town. Maltby Main, without a game last Saturday, will be looking to make it five wins in a row under new manager Mick Norbury this weekend when they travel to Winterton Rangers. Next Wednesday, they entertain league newcomers Basford United.

Frickley had to settle for a point after drawing 2-2 with Kings Lynn Town, despite Gavin Allott twice putting them ahead.

In Division One, the clouds get blacker after another poor week. Hallam crashed to their biggest league defeat in years at Hall Road Rangers, who were four up by half time and went on to win by an embarrassing 8-3 scoreline.

Manager Chris Sellars now faces a crisis point after just one win in 14 league and cup games. They sit just above the relegation places, and on Saturday they visit a fast improving Rossington Main. Next Wednesday, they travel to Pontefract Colliery.

Dinnington Town fell two goals behind last Saturday at home to Grimsby Borough and, although Greg Ramsden pulled one back, the bottom club again lost 2-1. They followed that up with a 1-1 draw at Clipstone. On Saturday they visit a much troubled AFC Emley, where they can expect little joy in their relegation fight.

Armthorpe Welfare lost 2-1 at home to Garforth Town, meaning our one bright light was again Worsbrough Bridge, who beat bottom club Appleby Frodingham 4-0 to make it six league games without defeat.

It leaves them in fourth place, six points adrift of the leaders with a game in hand. They now face two tricky away games: on Saturday they visit Grimsby Borough, whilst next Wednesday they travel to third placed Eccleshill United.

n Sheffield and Hallamshire Senior Cup third round: Parkgate v Everest FC, Rossington Main v Handsworth, Sheffield FC v Staveley, Maltby Main v Oughtibridge WMSC, Swinton Athletic v Houghton Main, Stocksbridge PS v Worksop Parramore, Athersley Recreation v Worksop Town and Frickley Athletic v Shaw Lane Aqua Force. Matches to be played midweek commencing November 4.