Waddle signs in as region’s clubs begin 2013 in style

Jack Waddle
Jack Waddle

We might only be ten days into the New Year, but already the Non-League scene is buzzing with excitement.

Sheffield FC have appointed a new manager, Hallam have won a Fair Play award, and two of our teams turned in their best showings of the season so far.

In the Evo-Stik League Division One South, Sheffield FC wasted no time in appointing a new manager as acting boss Ian Whitehorne was given the job full time until the end of the season.

Ian has been at the club for two decades and is highly regarded. He wasted no time in strengthening his team, signing Richard Stirrup and Jack Waddle, son of Sheffield Wednesday legend Chris, from Chesterfield.

To complete a hat-trick of signings, centre back Gareth Clayton signed from Dronfield Town.

On Saturday, they slipped from 3-1 up to draw 3-3 at Mickleover Sports.

On Tuesday they visited Brigg Town in the second round of the Doodson Cup and won 5-3 in extra time, drawing 2-2 after 90 minutes.

Muldoon’s hat-trick sent them through to the next round, where they will face Premier League leaders North Ferriby United at home. On Saturday they return to league football and I will be at the BT Local Business Stadium, as they entertain Halesowen Town.

In the Premier Division, Stocksbridge Park had to work hard for their 2-1 win at bottom club Eastwood Town.

Trailing 1-0 at half time, Danny South’s equaliser turned the tide and Ben Turner’s first goal for the club sealed the win in the fourth minute of injury time.

Then on Tuesday night they entertained Blyth Spartans, who secured a hat-trick of wins over Park with a 5-3 extra time victory in the The Doodson League Cup third round.

On Saturday they face a very tough game at the Look Local Stadium as third placed Witton Albion drop in.

In the Baris North Counties East League Division One, Hallam were celebrating last week after being presented with the November Fair Play award.

Their celebrations continued on Saturday, too, with a 4-1 win over the division’s in-form team, AFC Emley.

True to form, Emley took a third-minute lead but Adam Carter’s double, and goals from Liam Morris and Aaron Moxon, sealed a 2-1 victory in front of a crowd of 120.

A buoyant Hallam side then continued their unbeaten run at Worsbrough Bridge on Tuesday, two goals from Moxon sealing a 2-2 draw.

With eight matches in January, six of them at home, Hallam continue their run on Saturday away at Askern Welfare, whilst next Tuesday they entertain Clipstone Welfare.

Worsbrough Bridge maintained their unbeaten twelve match home record this season, when they hammered Grimsby Borough 5-1 last Saturday.

Bridge then drew 2-2 with Hallam on Tuesday evening, leaving them with just one defeat in their last 14 league games.

On Saturday they visit AFC Emley looking for a hat-trick of wins over their neighbours, and next Wednesday they travel to Eccleshill United.

I was at Phoenix Park last Saturday to watch Dinnington Town robbed of two points after outplaying Clipstone Welfare only to draw 2-2, with Cartledge and Trench scoring their goals.

It was pleasing to see manager Steve Toyne back in action after a back operation.

On Saturday they travel to in-form Teversal and next Tuesday they welcome Knaresborough Town to Phoenix Park.

In the Premier Division, Parkgate beat next-to-bottom Winterton Rangers 3-0 with Sam Smith, Craig Fletcher and Martin Lee all finding the net.

On Saturday they visit third-placed Brighouse Town and next Tuesday they entertain Glasshoughton Welfare at Green Lane.

Maltby Main travelled to Barton Town on Saturday and crashed to a 2-0 defeat. On Saturday they visit Liversedge.

Without a game last week, Staveley start their 2013 league campaign at home to Long Eaton United on Saturday.

Worksop Parramore, too, are in a similar position and on Saturday they travel to next to the bottom club Lincoln Moorlands.

Next Tuesday they visit a troubled Arnold Town, and manager Darren Bland must surely be expecting six points to come their way.