The Grand Entrance

By Michael Clarke

To the 2013-14 season

It has been a busy start to the County Senior season, with 32 games taking place in the first week of competition.

Premier Division
In first week, Handsworth have been the stand-out team in the Premier Division with two wins to their name already. On Wednesday they were comfortable 4-0 winners at home to Ecclesfield Red Rose. They followed that up with a hard-fought 3-1 away win over Frecheville on Monday night.

Also on six points are Swallonest Miners Welfare. They opened with a 2-0 win over High Green Villa. A single goal from Joe Rowland then gave them a 1-0 home win over Wombwell Main on Saturday. Wombwell Main were also defeated on Wedesday night; losing 2-1 away against Houghton Main, who are the only other team with a 100% record in the Premier Division.

Of the newly promoted teams, Oughtibridge WMSC have fared the best with four points from their opening two games. They opened on Wednesday with a 1-1 draw against fellow promoted Athersley Recreation Reserves, but were off the mark in the win column on Saturday with an impressive 3-1 away win over Millmoor Juniors. The other promoted team, Swinton Athletic played on Wednesday night against Everest losing 4-0, partly thanks to a double from Andrew Taylor.

Division One
Top after two games are Wickersley. They started their season on Wednesday with a 1-1 draw at home to Thorncliffe ,who finished directly underneath them in 12th pace last time out. On Saturday goals from Matt Claxton and Ben Thornton gave them a 2-1 home win over Sheffield Bankers.

Penistone Church Reserves started new season on Wednesday night in blistering form, with a comprehensive 7-2 win over Sheffield Athletic. It was a case of new season, same story for veteran striker Tim Council who scored three times. The shine was taken off of Penistone’s opening win on Saturday though, as they lost 2-1 away against Rotherham Town. However, despite the loss they sit in second place in the fledgling table.

Last years’ Division Two Champions Jubilee Sports carried on where they left on in the summer, with an emphatic 5-1 away win over Joker FC on Saturday, with both Dan Barnsley and Simon Bingley on the score-sheet twice. The result completed a Jekyll and Hyde week for the Joker, who notched a 2-0 away win against Rotherham Town Tuesday night.

Apart from Jubilee Sports, Silkstone United are the only other team with a 100% record. They were 1-0 winners over South Kirkby Colliery midweek, thanks to an own goal.

Division Two
The busiest division of all over the first week of action was the Second Division, which has been expanded to 14 teams over the summer.

The early leader is Kingstone United, who started their campaign with a 3-2 win over Worsbrough Bridge Athletic Reserves at Barnsley Sports College. The goals came from Kalam Neale, Tyler Sephton and Lee Thompson. Kingstone went onto score three again at the weekend, as they saw-off Caribbean Sports 3-1, with the help of a brace from Kyle Schofield. Caribbean were relegated in the summer, and Saturday’s loss followed a midweek 1-1 draw at home to Sheffield Lane Top.

AFC Dronfield also have six points from their first two games. They had to work hard on Wednesday night though, when they beat Sheffield FC Reserves 4-3 at Gosforth Playing Fields. They then recorded a 1-0 win over Bramley Sunnyside on Saturday thanks to a James Archer strike. Bramley were 4-1 winners on Wednesday, and are in fourth place after two games played.

A double from Jermaine Green on Saturday helped Bawtry Town to a 3-2 win over New Bohemians. New Bohemians were involved in another high-scoring game midweek, when they defeated Frecheville Reserves at Boundary Sports & Social Club.

Kiveton Park prop-up the division after two games, following successive home losses to Maltby Main Reserves (2-3) and Boynton Sports (0-3). They will be hoping to put things right this coming Saturday, when they host Sheffield FC Reserves at Stone Close.

U21 Division
New for this season is the U21 Division. Sadly, there was only one game on the opening weekend. This came at Swinton Miners Welfare, where Treeton Terriers U21’s were 9-1 winners over Swinton Athletic U21’s.

Where next?

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

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