Saturday Round-up

By Michael Clarke

At the risk of repeating ourselves, it has been another busy week in the County Senior League, with a number of midweek games taking place, as well as a full weekend programme. This past midweek will be the last one with a full fixture list for a while with the nights beginning to draw in.

S&HCFA Senior Cup 1st Round
The Senior Cup started this week, in its first week there were three games involving teams from our league, with a mixed outcome. Starting with the good news, Handsworth beat Brodsworth Welfare 5-4 at home. Also on Wednesday night, High Green Villa fell to a 4-0 loss away at Harworth Colliery. On the weekend Wombwell Main, were knocked-out 2-1 by Sheeley. Ross Tutill was the scorer for Wombwell.

Premier Division
Swallownest Miners Welfare maintained their first position this week. They were 2-0 winners over Swinton Athletic on Wednesday night, with goals from Jay Short and Ray Hudson. But it was not an entirely comfortable week for Swallownest, as they dropped their first points of the season on Saturday in a 4-4 home draw with Houghton Main. It was the second time in a week that Houghton Main have scored four goals, as they were 4-0 winners over Athersley Recreation Reserves on Wednesday night. Ashley Vickers starred on the night, scoring twice. Houghton Main are now in fourth place.

Oughtibridge WMSC still remain unbeaten following their promotion. Midweek, Benjamin Cook scored twice to help them to an entertaining 3-2 home win over Wombwell Main. The entertainment did not stop there, as they shared the points with Millmoor Juniors on Saturday following a 2-2 draw. Oughtibridge are in second place now, only two points off the lead with six games played. Millmoor are in third after that draw, and goalless draw with Stocksbridge Park Steels Reserves on Thursday night.

The final midweek game in the Premier Division was a 2-2 draw Frecheville and Ecclesfield Red Rose. Frecheville have been in unpredictable form this season so far, and lost at the weekend to Swinton Athletic 2-0. Swinton were previously winless, their win takes them off the foot-of-the-table and into 12th position.

Handsworth built on their Senior Cup progression, by beating High Green Villa convincingly 30 at Thorncliffe Playing Fields. High Green prop-up the early season table, and are winless after four games.

Goals from Ashley Ellis (2) and Lewis Dickinson gave Penistone Church a 3-1 win over Ecclesfield Red Rose at the Civil Service Ground.

Everest were back to winning ways on Saturday following three successive defeats. They edged-out Athersley Recreation Reserves 2-1 at Sheerien Park.

Division One
Division One is proving to be the most unpredictable division, with no team winning more than half their games thus far. Wickersley top the table, after registering back-to-back wins this week. On Wednesday they beat South Kirkby Colliery 2-1 at Millar’s Walk. They followed that on Saturday with a stand-out 3-0 away win over Millmoor Juniors Reserves.

Rotherham Town have been in formidable form this week. They pushed aside Davy FC on Wednesday, beating them 14-2 at Davy Sports Club. Both Kingsley Little and Ben Liddle scored hat-tricks, but not to be outdone Richard Williams stole the show with four goals. Williams was on the score-sheet again on Saturday, scoring once as Rotherham saw-off Thorncliffe 3-1 away from home. Rotherham sit in second, a point of the pace.

Hallam Reserves have had a good week, with a 3-2 away win over Thorncliffe midweek. They were held to an exciting 3-3 draw by Joker FC on Saturday, a result that pushes them into third place.

Silkstone United have an identical record as Hallam Reserves. A Tom Adams goal gave them a 1-0 win over Thorpe Hesley on Wednesday, but in similar fashion they were held to a draw on the weekend, 1-1 with Jubilee Sports. Thorpe Hesley bounced back from their midweek defeat on Saturday, when a Joe Hall brace helped them to a 2-1 win over Sheffield Athletic at Warminster Road.

Shaun Hobson scored twice for South Kirkby Colliery on Saturday to inspire them to a comfortable 3-0 win over Sheffield Bankers. Ben Moore was also on target for the hosts.

Division Two
Kingstone United lead the way in the Second Division, with a 100% record from six games. They were made to work hard on Wednesday against Sheffield Lane Top. Luckily for them they were able to grind out the victory, winning 2-1. They were more convincing on Saturday though, with Richard Dey bagging five goals as they beat Kiveton Park at Stone Close.

Kingstone’s nearest challenges are AFC Dronfield, who sit six points back. They have one thing in common though; they also scored seven on Saturday, beating Frecheville Reserves 7-1. Sadly for them, that followed a 3-1 midweek defeat to Caribbean Sports, Caribbean’s first win of the new season. Caribbean were unable to build on their win on the weekend, losing 1-0 to Worsbrough Bridge Athletic Reserves, Tom Sears with the goal. Worsbrough were previously 1-1 at Park Road by New Bohemians.

North Gawber Colliery are in third place, following back-to-back wins in the past week. Carl Woodhead scored a hat-trick for them on Wednesday night, as they defeated Maltby Main Reserves 7-1 at home. They were equally impressive on Saturday, beating Boynton Sports 3-0, with goals from Liam Marsden, Jordan Lodge and Callum Mackie. Maltby responded immediately to their heavy defeat to North Gawber, with a 4-3 win over New Bohemians at Muglet Lane.

Sheffield Lane Top claimed their first win of the season on Saturday, by beating Bramley Sunnyside 3-1 at Ruby Cook Playing Fields.

U21 Division
Luke Beedham scored a hat-trick to help Treeton Terriers U21 to their third consecutive win. Joe Slater and Connor Simpson were also on target for Treeton as they beat Davy FC U21 5-0 at Meadowhall Soccer Centre.

Shaw Lane Aqua Force Barnsley U21 also have a 100% record, but have played a game less. Aqua Force beat Millmoor Juniors U21 3-0 at home, with goals from Joe Jackson, Jordan Hamlin and Ethan White.

Jake Ward was on target twice for North Gawber Colliery U21, in their 4-2 away win over Swinton Athletic U21.

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