Worst weekend of the season as Club squander an early lead

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Last Saturday brought the region’s worst weekend of the season, as only two clubs won - and three crashed out of the FA Trophy and Vase.

Four teams failed to score, and four more are involved in relegation battles - so let’s hope this coming week sees a marked improvement alround!

Our FA Vase hopes were kept alive by NCEL side Staveley, who beat Glossop North End 2-0 with goals from Whittaker and Scully in front of a 300-plus crowd.

Worksop Parramore exited the FA Vase after losing 3-1 to Ashington, and having two players sent off.

Sadly the club, now twelfth in the table with games in hand, do not have a match for two weeks - something the league must surely be looking at.

Parkgate travelled to Whickham and came home well beaten 3-0 in the Vase. Then on Tuesday they visited Garforth Town and despite leading 2-1 at half time, they lost 3-2.

In the Premier Division, Maltby Main crashed to their third defeat in a row after losing 2-0 at Retford United.

In Division One, our best result of the day was at Phoenix Park as Dinnington Town beat bottom club Louth United 4-1 to move out of the bottom two places.

Worsbrough Bridge had a rude awakening when they crashed to a rare 3-0 home defeat against Hall Road Rangers.

It was the first time they have failed to score in a league game this season, and on Tuesday they travelled to a much improved Selby Town where they bounced back in style, registering a 4-1 win with strikes from Broadbent (two), Garside and Podmore.

Hallam’s miserable season goes from bad to worse.

Last Saturday they visited Selby Town and lost 4-0 for the third game in a row, and now sit one place above the relegation zone, on goal difference, and without a win in eight games

In the Evo-Stik Premier Division, Stocksbridge Park’s fight against relegation is fast running out of options after yet another home defeat last Saturday.

They were a goal down in 29 seconds to Rushall Olympic and though Chris Ovington equalised with his first goal for the club, they lost 2-1 as the visitors had a player sent off late in the game.

In Division One South, Sheffield FC’s marvellous run of one defeat in eleven games was rudely interrupted last Saturday, when they lost 4-2 to Gresley Rovers in the FA Trophy. Andy Gascoigne and Zeph Thomas had given Sheffield a two-goal lead inside 16 minutes.

n Fixtures: Saturday: Brighouse Town v Staveley, Tadcaster Albion v Parkgate, Maltby Main v Bridlington Town, Knaresborough Town v Dinnington Town, Louth United v Worsbrough Bridge, Hallam v Clipstone Welfare, Ashton Athletic v Stocksbridge PS, Mickleover Sports v Sheffield FC.