It was a week of Semi-Finals in the County Senior League. There were was the first League Cup Semi-Final, an U21 Division side in the S&H Junior Cup and an all County Senior league tie in the Association Cup. On top of that we had the first midweek league game of 2015 and a full league programme on the weekend.
League Cup Semi-Final
Premier Division side Joker FC faced High Green Villa of Division One in the first League Cup Semi-Final on Thursday. Only four places separated the teams in the league pyramid, with Joker at the foot of the Premier Division and High Green flying high in the league below. There was to be no shock though, as Joker put aside their poor league form to clinch a place in the final with a 5-3 victory. Joker will face either Swinton Athletic or Oughtibridge WMFC in the final.
S&HCFA Junior Cup Semi-Final
Handsworth Parramore U21 reached the final of the Junior cup after a narrow win over Brunsmeer Athletic on Wednesday night. It was 0-0 after 90 minutes, but Handsworth made the breakthrough in extra-time to win the tie 1-0.
S&HCFA Association Cup
Denaby Main won the all County Senior league Semi-Final against Worsbrough Bridge Athletic Reserves. They were convincing winners 3-0 and will face AFC Emley (Development squad) in the final, who were also 3-0 winners in their Semi-Final against Hall Green United.
Swinton Athletic once again highlighted their title credentials with a 4-1 home win over defending champions Handsworth Parramore. Curtis Wilkinson, Justin Greenwood, Phill King and Darren Walker were all on target for the league leaders.
Second placed Houghton Main were narrow 1-0 winners at home against Frecheville. Houghton Main are six points off the pace, but only have three games left to overturn the deficit.
It has been a good week for Stocksbridge Park Steels Reserves. They were 3-1 winners twice. Midweek they beat Millmoor Juniors and then repeated the feat again on Saturday against Swallownest Miners Welfare.
Wombwell Main claimed a vital point in the relegation battle, as they held third placed Jubilee Sports to a 2-2 draw at Wombwell main Cricket Club.
Millmoor Juniors put some breathing space between themselves and the relegation places, with a 4-2 home win over Joker FC. Scott Hartley starred for Millmoor, scoring twice.
North Gawber Colliery bounced back from last weeks’ first loss of the league season, with an emphatic 6-2 home win over Davy FC. The win reinstates their seven point lead from second placed Penistone Church Reserves.
Goals from Danny Rowe and Carl Hetherington gave Thorpe Hesley a 2-1 home win over Ecclesfield Red Rose. The win keeps Thorpe Hesley in the title race, as they are only three points off the top two, with a game spare.
High Green Villa were unable to bounce back from their League Cup Semi-Final loss, as they slipped to a 3-2 home defeat to Silkstone United.
Sheffield Bankers followed up last weeks’ win over Thorpe Hesley, with another win. This time they were 2-1 winners over fellow relegation scrappers AFC Dronfield. The Bankers’ fourth win of the season takes them up to fourth bottom over Dronfield.
Second bottom South Kirkby Colliery also claimed a big win, as they beat Kingstone United 3-0 at Millar’s Walk.
It was second bottom versus third bottom at the Civil Service Ground, with Sheffield Lane Top taking on Kiveton Park. Goals from Jamie Harrison and Alex Thompson gave Kiveton a 2-1 win, their sixth of the season.
Denaby United were fine 5-0 winners away against Frecheville Reserves. Denaby have won five of their last six league games and climb to fourth place in the table.
Shaw Lane Aqua Force Barnsley Reserves’ winless 2015 continued as they were held to a 2-2 draw by Parkgate Reserves at Shaw Lane. Shaw Lane have played six game sso far this year without victory.
A great week for league leaders Handsworth Parramore U21 became an amazing one at the weekend. They followed up their Junior Cup Semi-Final win with a 5-1 home win over Wombwell Main U21. Second placed Houghton Main U21 were also defeated 1-0 by third placed Millmoor Juniors U21. Handsworth lead the way by four points, and three games in hand.
Mohamed Gabdon scored a hat-trick to inspire Swallownest Miners Welfare U21 to a 4-0 away to Davy FC U21. Swallownest are up to fourth in the table.
AFC Dronfield U21 bounced back from two consecutive defeats, with a 3-2 home win over Caribbean Sports U21. Zuzu Tshuma was in fine form for Dronfield scoring a brace.