The County Senior League ended February with a very busy league fixture list, which brought 63 goals to the table. It was a particularly big weekend at the bottom of the Premier Division, considering the results.
We can start nowhere else than at Mexborough Athletic Ground, where league leaders Swinton Athletic were at home against second bottom Joker FC. Joker were not intimidated by their host superior league position, taking the three points with an impressive 3-1 victory to end the leaders’ four game winning streak.
Enzo Guarini scored the only goal as bottom side Wombwell Main beat defending champions Handsworth Parramore 1-0 at Wombwell Main Cricket ground.
Just above the bottom two, third bottom Frecheville hosted fourth bottom Millmoor Juniors at Frecheville Sports & Social Club. Frecheville took their opportunity to climb out of the bottom three with great enthusiasm, as goals from Daniel Bainbridge (2), Ben Furniss (2) and Michael Goland gave them an emphatic 5-0 victory.
Kieran Hirst scored all three goals as second placed Houghton Main beat Wickersley 3-0 to cut leaders Swinton’s lead at the top to four points.
Third placed Jubilee Sports extended their winning run to four games with a hard-fought 3-2 home win over fourth placed Swallownest Miners Welfare.
Athersley Recreation Reserves made it back-to-back clean-sheets, with a 2-0 win against Stocksbridge Park Steels Reserves at the Look Local Stadium.
North Gawber Colliery extended their lead at the top of the First Division, with a 4-0 away win over AFC Dronfield. Second placed Penistone Church Reserves were held to a 3-3 draw away against Sheffield Bankers, so North Gawber now the lead the way by seven points with a game spare.
Second bottom South Kirkby Colliery were comprehensive 3-0 winners against Rotherham Town at Millar’s Walk. Five of South Kirkby’s 12 points have come in February and they have cut the deficit to third bottom AFC Dronfield to just one point.
Kingstone United climbed two places to fifth bottom, following a 1-0 win over bottom side Millmoor Juniors Reserves at Grange Park.
An all mid-table game between Ecclesfield Red Rose and Silkstone United fell 3-1 in Silkstone’s favour. Silkstone have won three of their four games in a productive February.
League leaders Byron House put aside any suspicions they may be about to have extended wobble, as they beat Shaw Lane Aqua Force Barnsley Reserves 7-0 at Warminster Road. Byron House had not won any of their last four games, but will be relieved they managed to keep a nine point lead over this period.
Denaby Main beat Bawtry Town 6-0 at Tickhill Square to keep the pressure up on the leaders. Denaby may trail the leaders by nine points, but have four games spare. Denaby will face Byron House on Saturday March 28th.
Third placed Caribbean Sports extended their unbeaten league run to 13 games, with a narrow 1-0 away win over in-form Worsbrough Bridge Athletic Reserves. Caribbean are also only nine points off the lead, but have just two games in hand.
A Steve Elliot hat-trick helped Denaby United to a 4-0 win over New Bohemians at Old Road Playing Fields. Ainsley Finney was also on target for the fourth placed side.
Jordan Thomas scored the vital goal for Maltby Main Reserves, as they beat Parkgate Reserves 1-0 at Muglet Lane.
Handsworth Parramore U21 continued their remarkable winning run, with a 2-1 win over North Gawber Colliery U21. The win takes Handsworth to the summit of the U21 Division for the first time this season. They have won all 12 of their league games.
Defending champions are beginning to climb the table. They stretched their unbeaten run to nine games and sit in fifth position. They are 12 points off second place, with five games in hand.