As the fans flocked in, the Bank Holiday should have been renamed the ‘Blank’ Holiday as our clubs mustered up just two wins from 16 games.
And, in the next few days, our clubs face three big cup ties and a number of crucial league games.
In The Evo-Stik Division One South, Sheffield FC only managed a 2-2 draw last Saturday against Loughborough Dynamoes who have yet to win a game.
Then on Monday they fought out a great battle at the unbeaten Carlton Town, who won 1-0 courtesy of a very hotly disputed penalty.
In The Toolstation NCEL Premier Division, Parramores came from behind to enjoy a 4-2 success at home to Armthorpe Welfare, leaving them eighth in the table.
Maltby Main are just four places above the bottom and need a boost to kick-start their season, but two more defeats made it five in a row and one goal in 360 minutes.
Last Saturday they faced a strong Albion Sports and lost 2-0, and it was a similar scoreline on Monday when they visited third-placed Bridlington Town. Manager Brian Cusworth needs to find three or four players.
Staveley’s miserable season continued on Monday when they crashed to a 4-2 home defeat against Brighouse Town, with Foley and Osborne scoring their goals.
Parkgate crashed to their fourth straight defeat last Saturday, losing 2-0 at Long Eaton United, but on Monday they gained a point against Tadcaster Albion, drawing 2-2 after leading 2-0.
In Division One it is a similar story, as next-to-bottom Dinnington Town travelled to Yorkshire Amateurs last Saturday and lost 3-0, with both Rosser and Ramsden receiving red cards.
They did no better on Monday at Phoenix Park, when Cleethorpes Town became the latest club to take three points with a 2-0 scoreline, leaving Town with just one point from five outings and only one goal scored.
I saw Worsbrough Bridge win 3-2 at Rossington Main last Saturday, in an excellent game, with man of the match Scott Turner scoring twice with Andy Broadbent adding another. On Tuesday, Scott scored twice more as they were held to a 2-2 draw by Bottesford Town.
It was a bad weekend for Hallam, who became Louth United’s first victims of the season with a 2-1 defeat, despite Nick Owen opening the scoring. Then on Monday they visited AFC Emley, where Mark West gave them a 14th minute lead before suffering a dreadful double fracture of his wrist just minutes later.
The game was held up for a hour until an ambulance took him to hospital, and Mark is the third Hallam player this season to break a limb.
The game resumed and Hallam lost 4-3 with Owen scoring his third goal in as many games.
In the Evo-Stik Premier Division Stocksbridge Park had a great 3-3 draw at Kings Lynn Town, after a three and half hour trip each way.
On Monday they drew 1-1 with Blyth Spartans.
n Fixtures: Saturday (FA Cup Prelim. Round): Sheffield FC v Shirebrook Town, Mossley v Parramores, Bamber Bridge v Staveley. Saturday (League): Parkgate v Winterton Rangers, Tadcaster Albion v Maltby Main, Dinnington Town v Eccleshill United, Yorkshire Amateurs v Worsbrough Bridge, Knaresborough Town v Hallam, Rushall Olympic v Stocksbridge PS.
n Tuesday: Parramores v Long Eaton United, Garforth Town v Staveley MW, Basford United v Parkgate, Shirebrook Town v Worsbrough Bridge, Hallam v Grimsby Borough, Stocksbridge PS v Buxton.