Watts a nightmare as Hallam crash

Pictured is new Sheffield Hallam FC Manager Julian Watts in a training session at Hillsborough College.
Pictured is new Sheffield Hallam FC Manager Julian Watts in a training session at Hillsborough College.

Hallam’s new manager Julian Watts suffered a nightmare in his first league game in charge as his side crashed to a 5-0 defeat against top of the table Farsley Celtic.

However, with a patched up team that included a new keeper in Valente from Selby Town, plus two untried Under-19 players and two reserve team players, Hallam did well to hold the leaders to a goalless first half. Unfortunately the floodgates opened after the break to leave Watts’ side five points adrift at the bottom of the Kool Sports NCEL Premier Division and they face another tough away day at Brighouse Town on Saturday.

It’s just as hard at the other end of the table, where Parkgate lost their top position and then their match at Scarborough suffered a wash out.

Main title rivals Farsley won to leave them in second place, seven points behind with three games in hand. Then on Tuesday they visited Pickering Town in the League Cup third round and crashed to a 4-0 defeat.

On Saturday they visit third from bottom Liversedge who are still celebrating their sensational 5-3 home win over third-placed Bridlington.

Maltby Main’s great 11 match winning run was brought to an end when neighbours Handsworth battled hard for a 2-0 victory in the League Cup third round, thanks to goals by Godber and Smith. The Miners followed that up with another home defeat as they went down 1-0 to Nostell Miners Welfare to slip to sixth in the table.

Manager Stevie Adams will be looking for a positive move back to form when they visit -Bridlington Town on Saturday and then head to Hall Road Rangers next Wednesday.

Meanwhile Handsworth face two big league battles starting with Saturday’s visit of second-placed Yorkshire Amateurs and followed by the short trip to AFC Emley next Wednesday.

Staveley’s relentless march to the Division One title continued last Saturday even though they were held to a goalless draw at in-form Worsbrough Bridge who had Scully sent off. It was only the fourth time this season they have failed to score and it leaves them five points clear at the top, with a game in hand and they have yet to lose this year. Teversal are one of the few teams to have beaten them this season in the league, so Saturday’s home clash will be a revenge mission.

Worsbrough Bridge now have 10 home games left out of 14 with Shirebrook Town the visitors on Saturday while Leeds Carnegie drop in at Park Road next Tuesday.

Stocksbridge Park bounced back from their defeat at Whitby Town with a cracking performance against Northwich Victoria which ended in a 3-0 victory thanks to a stunning goal by Dillon and strikes from Ward and Muldoon.

It lifted them to 16 in the Evo-Stik Premier Division table, three points ahead of the relegation pack.

Then on Tuesday I was at the Look Local Stadium to watch their League Cup quarter-final clash but without, Muldoon, Lovett, Hall and Dillon all out injured,they were hammered 5-0 by a very impressive Matlock Town outfit for whom Hannah scored a great hat-trick.

Now Stocksbridge face their biggest test of the season on Saturday when they visit runaway league leaders AFC Halifax Town, a team that includes former star player Jamie Vardy.

Meanwhile Brian Cusworth had a hit and miss day for Sheffield Club in their 1-1 draw against second-placed Carlton Town. Cusworth missed a penalty after their Division One South rivals had taken the lead but he made amends with a last minute header to earn his side a richly deserved point.

Then on Tuesday they visited league leaders Barwell who were looking for a winning double over Club and it duly came as the Leicester club consolidated their top of the table position with a convincing 3-0 victory.

Chris Dolby’s side visit bottom club Spalding United on Saturday and I will be at the BT Local Business Stadium next Tuesday for the visit of Glapwell.