It has been a huge week in the County Senior League, with two league titles won over two match-days and a County Cup final victory.
S&HCFA Junior Cup
Firstly, we must start with the Junior Cup final on Wednesday night. At the Memorial Ground in Penistone Handsworth Parramore U21’s of our very own U21 Division met last years’ winners Sheffield FC Over 35’s. Handsworth took the trophy with a 2-0 victory, with goals from Ollie Beaumont and Will Eades.
Swinton Athletic claimed the Premier Division title with back-to-back victories this week. Two goals each from Ryan Doxey and Alex Wilkinson inspired them to a 6-2 midweek victory over Wombwell Main. They followed that up on Saturday with a 2-0 away win over Stocksbridge Park Steels Reserves. The two wins give them a unassailable nine point lead, as rivals Houghton Main only have two games remaining.
Swallownest Miners Welfare passed on the chance to go second in the Premier Division, as they were held to a 0-0 draw against Athersley Recreation Reserves at Sheerien Park. Swallownest still have a chance to end the season in second, but will need to claim at least a point in their final game and hope Houghton Main slip-up in both of theirs.
Wombwell Main bounced back quickly form their defeat to Swinton, with an outstanding 5-1 away win over Oughtibridge WMFC. The win leaves Wombwell only one point adrift of safety with at least two games in hand of all their relegation rivals.
Handsworth Parramore stretched their unbeaten run to three games, with a hard-fought 3-2 win over Joker FC at the Bill Chafer Youth Centre.
North Gawber Colliery became Division One Champions on Wednesday night, after a narrow 1-0 over High Green Villa That is back-to-back championship/promotions for North Gawber, who won the Division Two title only 12 months ago. It was a case of the day after the Lord Mayor’s parade on Saturday though, as they slipped to only their second league defeat of the season, as they were beaten 2-1 at Ecclesfield Red Rose.
It was an up-and-down week for third placed Thorpe Hesley. On Wednesday, goals from Luke Webster (2) and Chris Meakin gave them a 3-1 win over AFC Dronfield at Gosforth Playing Fields. They were then defeated 3-0 on Saturday by South Kirkby Colliery.
There was a big game at the bottom, with second bottom AFC Dronfield hosting third bottom Davy FC. Dronfield ran out 5-2 winners to climb above Davy, who have no games remaining so will finish at least in the bottom two.
Millmoor Juniors Reserves claimed only their third league win of the season, with a 1-0 home victory over Sheffield Bankers. The win gives Millmoor a very slim chance of escaping relegation.
Kingstone United’s unbeaten run is now at seven games. On Wednesday, they were held to a 1-1 draw at home by Silkstone United. On the weekend they were 2-1 winners against High Green Villa at Thorncliffe Playing Fields.
The title race in the Second Division is the tightest of all in the County Senior League. Denaby United were 2-0 winners against Worsbrough Bridge Athletic Reserves at Park Road on Wednesday. This meant that only one point separated the top four teams, with Denaby United leading the way.
It was all change again on Saturday though, as Denaby Main climbed into first position following a 2-1 win over New Bohemians.
Hat-tricks from Jordan Marshall and Scott Staples gave Byron House a 6-3 victory over a under-strength Bawtry Town. Byron House climb into second with the win, but they have completed their fixture list with this game. Byron House will be disappointed that they cannot know catch the leaders, having led the way for much of the season themselves.
Kiveton Park climbed out of the bottom three, with a 3-2 home win over Shaw Lane Aqua Force Barnsley Reserves. The goals for Kiveton came from Thomas Perri, Liam Hopkinson and Andrew Hellwood.
Two goals from Andrew Hanson helped Frecheville Reserves to a comfortable 3-0 win over Worsbrough Bridge Athletic Reserves. The win leaves Frecheville comfortably in mid-table.
Handsworth Parramore U21’s week went from great to amazing, as they opened-up an 11 point lead at the top of the U21 Division. They just edged Athersley Recreation U21 2-1 at Sheerien Park on Saturday.
Caribbean Sports U21 grabbed their first win since February, with an impressive 4-1 midweek away win over Wombwell Main U21. They put back down to earth on the weekend though, as they lost 2-0 at home to mid-table AFC Dronfield U21. Wombwell were held to a 2-2 draw at home by Millmoor Juniors U21 on Saturday.
There were back-to-back wins and clean-sheets for North Gawber Colliery U21, who beat Denaby United U21 3-0 midweek and Swallownest Miners Welfare U21 2-0 on Saturday.