Saturday Round-up

By Michael Clarke

It has been another busy week in the County Senior League, with a full fixture list in midweek and on the weekend.

Premier Division
Swallownest Miners Welfare sit pretty at the top of the Premier Division, after winning all four of their games thus far. On Wednesday they beat Everest 5-0 at home, with Jay Short and Joe Rowlands both scoring twice for them. They then went onto win at home again on the weekend, seeing off Stocksbridge Park Steels Reserves 3-2. Yet again it was Jay Short (2) and Joe Rowlands with the decisive goals.

Oughtibridge WMSC also remaining undefeated in second place, following their promotion in the summer. They impressively registered back-to-back wins and clean-sheets this week. Firstly, they beat Houghton Main thanks to goal from Matt Spencer. On Saturday, they won 3-0 away to Everest. Worryingly for Everest it is their third straight defeat, following their opening day 4-0 victory over Swinton Athletic.

Whilst on the subject of Swinton, they currently sit bottom, but have only played twice thus far. They were beaten 3-1 by Millmoor Juniors on Saturday. Jonathan Hill scored two of the goals in that game for Millmoor. It has been a good week for Millmoor, who also edged-out High Green Villa 2-1 on Wednesday night at Thorncliffe Playing Fields. The two wins take Millmoor to third place.

Athersley Recreation Reserves remain unbeaten, but sit in mid-table as they have only played two games. They were impressive 4-0 winners away to Penistone Church on Wednesday thanks to goals from Craig Bouch, Thomas Harben, Kieran Scargill and Jason Bentley.

Houghton Main bounced back from their midweek loss to Oughtibridge, with a 2-1 away win over fourth placed Handsworth. Both goals for Houghton Main were scored by 20 year old Kieron Hirst.

Last years’ League Cup finalists High Green Villa have had a difficult start, losing their opening three games. This includes losses this week to Millmoor Juniors (1-2) and to Frecheville (1-3).

Division One
It has been goals galore in games involving Thorncliffe this week. They were 4-3 winners on Wednesday night over South Kirkby Colliery at Millar’s Walk. They followed that win up on Saturday with an excellent 9-1 have win over Davy FC. Charles Tunnard scored a hat-trick in that game Thorncliffe, taking them to the summit of Division One.

Tim Council scored his second hat-trick of the season for second placed Penistone Church Reserves, as they beat Millmoor Juniors Reserves 4-2 at Grange Park. There was not sulking from Millmoor though, as they bounced back immediately with a 2-1 win over Joker FC on Saturday. Matt Barnfield inspired the victory for Millmoor with a brace to his name.

Wickersley sit in third place, and remain undefeated after three games. They drew both their games this week though. Firstly, they were held to a rather entertaining 3-3 draw by last years’ Division Two winners Jubilee Sports. They drew again on Saturday 2-2 with Silkstone United, despite Matthew Langley converting two penalties in that game for them.

As previously mentioned, Jubilee Sports drew 3-3 with Wickersley on Wednesday. They were also held to a 2-2 draw at home to Rotherham Town at home on Saturday. These two results leave Jubilee also unbeaten thus far, and in fourth position.

Sheffield Bankers prop-up the early table, following three straight defeats. This week they were beaten convincingly 4-1 at home by Sheffield Athletic midweek. They were unlucky on Saturday though, as they were downed 3-2 away to Hallam Reserves at Warminster Road.

Division Two
Kingstone United are the early leaders in Division Two, with a 100% record from their first four games. They had two wins this week; firstly they beat Bawtry Town 4-2 at the Keepmoat Stadium. On Saturday they were 5-0 winners over Frecheville Reserves, helped by Richard Dey’s second brace of the week.

Boynton Sports made it back-to-back wins midweek, with a 3-1 victory over AFC Dronfield. AFC Dronfield bounced back on the weekend, when Liam Osborne scored four goals to inspire them to a 5-1 home win over Worsbrough Bridge Athletic Reserves. The win takes Dronfield into second place.

Maltby Main Reserves were big 6-1 winners over Bawtry Town at Muglet Lane on Saturday. The win followed a midweek 1-1 draw at home to Sheffield Lane Top, which leaves them with unbeaten start.

Also unbeaten are North Gawber Colliery, who drew 2-2 away to Worsbrough Bridge Athletic Reserves on Wednesday night. They followed that on Saturday with a 2-1 home win over Sheffield Lane Top, Carl Woodhead and Luke Marsden with the goals for North Gawber.

U21 Division
There was only one game last week in the new U21 Division, but this week it was busier day with four fixtures taking place.

Treeton Terriers U21 built on their opening day win, with a win. This time they were 5-3 winners over Millmoor Juniors U21 at Meadowhall Soccer School. Treeton have scored 12 goals so far in their opening two games.

At the other end of the spectrum are Swinton Athletic U21, who lost their second successive game on Saturday, falling 3-2 at home to Swallownest Miners Welfare U21.

Shaw Lane Aqua Force Barnsley U21 made a big impression in their maiden game against Bawtry Town U21, winning comfortably 5-1.

Elsewhere, Houghton Main U21 overcame Valley Knights U21 3-1 at the Cortonwood MW Scheme.

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