It’s that time of the year again. The summer break is upon us after a very successful season for the County Senior League and its clubs. We have new Premier League Champions in Swinton Athletic and fresh League Cup Winners in the shape of Oughtibridge WMFC. In addition to a competitive league season, we saw two County Senior League sides win S&HCFA Cups, with Denaby Main winning the Association Cup and Handsworth Parramore U21 taking the Saturday Junior Cup.
League Cup Final
The League Cup Final took place on Wednesday night at Sandy Lane, Worksop, where Joker FC and Oughtibridge WMFC faced-off. Oughtibridge had beaten Joker twice in the league this season, which hinted at a win for the North Sheffield outfit. That came true, as Oughtibridge ran-out convincing 3-0 winners. It has been a good couple of years in the cups for Oughtibridge, who last season reached the Semi-Finals of the S&HCFA Saturday Senior Cup.
Goals from Kieran Hirst and Josh Fairman gave Houghton Main a 2-0 win over local rivals Wombwell Main at Wombwell Main Cricket Club on Friday night. It has been a couple of years of near misses for Houghton Main, as they finish second in the Premier Division. Last season they finished in third and were League Cup Runner’s up. It was the second 2-0 home defeat in two days for Wombwell, who were previously beaten by third placed Swallownest Miners Welfare.
AFC Dronfield claimed a great final day scalp, as they beat Division One Winners North Gawber Colliery 3-1 at Woolley Miners Welfare. The defeat is only the third North Gawber have suffered in the league, and the points carry Dronfield out of the bottom three.
Second placed Caribbean Sports gained some revenge for missing out on the Division Two title to Denaby Main, by beating them 5-0 at home on Wednesday night. Rayon Ramsey (2), Javid Heffernan, Stacy Sharif and Stefan Myers were all on the score-sheet in a vintage performance from the Caribbean. They take a great momentum into next season, as they unbeaten in the league since early-September.
Parkgate Reserves finished their season in the top-half, after they beat Bawtry Town 4-1 at the Roundwood Pavilion on Saturday. Parkgate had lost midweek 2-0 away to fifth placed Worsbrough Birdge Athletic Reserves.
Double Winners Handsworth Parramore U21 ended their season, with the crushing 6-0 defeat of second placed Houghton Main U21 on Saturday. Handsworth have scored 92 goals in the league this season, conceding only 18 which is half the next best defence in the division.
It has been a busy week for defending U21 Champions Swallownest Miners Welfare U21, who were in action three times this week with varying success. On Monday night they were held to a goalless draw by U21 Cup Winners Athersley Recreation U21. They were beaten 9-0 on Wednesday night by second placed Houghton Main U21. A Josh Cornwall hat-trick set the foundation for Houghton Main, with Joel Hickling (2), Josh Fairman, Danny Burkinshaw, Ryan Brooke and Orrin McIntyre also on target. They then ended a rollercoaster of week on Saturday, with a 5-5 draw at home against Wombwell Main U21.