It was a weekend defined by cup competitions in the County Senior League, with the final U21 Cup Semi-Final and the League Cup 3rd Round all scheduled for Saturday afternoon.
U21 Cup Semi-Final
Finally after the third attempt, the U21 Cup Semi-Final between Athersley Recreation U21 and Wombwell Main U21 went ahead at Wombwell Main Cricket Ground. There was no doubt in the result though, as U21 Division high-flyers Athersley cruised to a 4-0 victory. Athersley will face last years’ winners Swallownest Miners Welfare U21 in the final.
League Cup 3rd Round
Denaby United claimed the scalp of the round as they beat last years’ Premier Division winners Handsworth Parramore 3-2 at Old Road. It was an impressive result for the club in their debut season in the County Senior League.
Possibly the game of the round came at Middlecliffe Lane, where last years’ cup finalists Houghton Main hosted Oughtibridge WMFC. There has been plenty of history between the two teams, as they helped define the Division One title race two years ago. The game lived up to the expectations as well, with the two sides all square at 3-3 at the end of 120 minutes. However, Oughtibridge clinched their place in the Quarter-Finals with a dramatic 5-3 win on penalties.
Charlie Tunnard scored twice to inspire High Green Villa to a 4-1 home win over South Kirkby colliery. High Green have a decent cup pedigree, reaching the final only two years ago.
Handsworth Parramore U21 were unnerved by Division Two high-flyers Parkgate Reserves, beating them 2-1 at Oliver’s Mount. Oliver Beaumont and Chris Howard scored the vital goals for Handsworth.
Denaby Main beat Shaw Lane Aqua Force Barnsley Reserves 9-3 at Tickhill Square. Shaw Lane will be fed up of the sight of Denaby, who also beat them 6-3 on the opening day of the league season.
Joker FC put behind themselves their league troubles, to claim a 2-1 win over Athersley Recreation Reserves at the Bill Chafer Youth Centre.
Wombwell Main beat Stocksbridge Park Steels Reserves 2-1 at the Look Local Stadium. Wombwell remain third-from-the-bottom but have only lost once in their last six league games.
Reece Blake scored a hat-trick for Frecheville but it was not enough to give them a vital three points against third placed Jubilee Sports, with the game ending 3-3.
League leaders continue their ominous form, recording their seventh straight league win, with a 3-0 victory over previously unbeaten Ecclesfield Red Rose. Carey-Joe Welfrod starred for North Gawber, scoring twice.
Will Bates, Danny Williams and Craig Cooke were all on the score-sheet as Millmoor Juniors Reserves beat Thorpe Hesley 3-0 at Grange Park. The win is only Millmoor’s second of the season and their first since early-September.
Davy stretched their unbeaten run to three games, as they held Silkstone United to a 1-1 draw at Davy Sports Club.
James O-Brien scored twice to help Byron House to their twelfth league win of the season, with a 4-1 victory over Frecheville Reserves at Warminster Road. Byron House’s lead at the top of the league is now 11 points.
Caribbean Sports are up to fourth place, following an impressive 5-0 win over Sheffield Lane Top at the Civil Service Ground. Rayon Ramsey (2), Anthony Holmes, Deroy Williams and Leon Stocks were all on target for in-form Caribbean Sports who are now unbeaten in nine league games back to early-September.
Maltby Main Reserves were 2-1 winners at home against Kiveton Park. Ryan Smith scored both of the goals for fifth placed Maltby.
New Bohemians were 2-0 winners away to struggling Bawtry Town. The win takes New Bohemians up one place to fifth-from-the-bottom, whilst Bawtry remain at the foot-of-the-table.
League leaders Houghton Main U21 were away winners against Davy U21. Orrin McIntyre, Josh Cornwall and Giorgio Williams made up the score-sheet for Houghton Main who lead the way by three points.
League Cup finalists Swallownest Miners Welfare U21 stretched their unbeaten league run to four games, with a 2-1 win over Caribbean Sports at Caribbean Sports Club. Ryan Hall and Alex Lill were both on target for Swallownest.
Tobi Nicols scored four times to help Bawtry Town U21 to a 5-0 home win over Denaby United U21. Liam White was also on target for Bawtry helping them to their third league win.