This week the focus turned back to League action, after two weeks where cup competitions have taken the headlines. There was an almost full league programme, with only a couple of rearranged cup games taking place.
S&HCFA Rosehill Association Cup 2nd Round
Worsbrough Bridge Athletic Reserves of Division Two made it through to Round three of the Rosehill Cup, with an emphatic 6-0 win over Scholes AFC. Worsbrough will face Athersley Recreation Reserves in the next round.
League Cup 2nd Round
The final League 2nd Round game took place at Stone Close, with Kiveton Park hosting Sheffield FC Reserves. Sheffield booked a Third Round tie away against Handsworth, with a hard-fought 3-1 win.
Premier Division leaders Oughtibridge WMFC march on at the top, with a 3-1 away win over fourth placed Swallownest Miners Welfare. Oughtibridge remain unbeaten in the league thus far, in paradox Swallownest have lost their last three league games.
Goals from Mark Crossfield, Ashley Ellis and Mitch Savage helped Penistone Church to a 3-0 away win at Swinton Athletic. Penistone have won their last five league games and sit in second place, eight off of Oughtibridge’s lead.
Handsworth made it six wins from their last seven league games, with a 4-2 win against Ecclesfield Red Rose at the Civil Service Ground. Handsworth remain in third a point off Penistone.
Houghton Main are beginning to hit form as well, they were 4-1 winners away against High Green Villa. Adam Stead, Jake Simon, Ashley Emmett and Jack Waldren were all on the score-sheet for Houghton Main.
Wombwell Main registered their second league win of the season, with a convincing 4-1 home win over Athersley Recreation Reserves. The win takes Wombwell up two places in to 10th position.
Frecheville were 3-1 winners at home to Millmoor Juniors. The win is Frecheville’s first since early September in the league and helps avenge a 3-0 opening day loss to Millmoor.
Luke Townsend was the hero for Stocksbridge Park Steels Reserves, scoring a hat-trick in their 4-2 win over Everest at Holme Lea Sports Ground.
Goals from Charlie Tunnard and Ryan Robinson gave Thorncliffe a 2-0 home win over league leaders Wickersley. The loss ends a run of six consecutie league wins for Wickersley. Thorncliffe are up to fifth place in the table
Rotherham Town took advantage of Wickersley slip to go within a point of the leaders. Rotherham were 5-3 winners over Millmoor Juniors Reserves at Herringthorpe Leisure Centre, helped by a brace from Ben Liddle.
Tom Adams scored a hat-trick for third placed Silkstone United, as they beat Sheffield Athletic 5-0 at Warminster Road. Silkstone are unbeaten in four in the league and sit five points off the lead with a game spare.
Danny Cutts scored a hat-trick for Davy FC, as they registered their first league win of the season. Davy were 6-2 winners at home Thorpe Hesley. The win was enough to help Davy climb off the bottom and end a sequence of six consecutive league losses.
Jubilee Sports drew their fourth league game of the season at the Memorial Ground against Penistone Church Reserves. As usual with Jubilee it was a high-scoring affair, ending 3-3.
Joker FC made it back-to-back league wins for the first time this season, as they beat struggling Sheffield Bankers 4-3 at Ruby Cook Playing Fields. In their last game they were also 4-3 winners against Thorncliffe.
Lewis Baker and Chad Gaskell were both on the score-sheet for South Kirkby Colliery in their 2-1 win over Hallam Reserves at Millar’s Walk.
League leaders Kingstone United suffered their first league loss of the season on Saturday, as they were downed 4-3 by fellow promotion chasers AFC Dronfield. The win takes Dronfield into third place five points off the lead, but they have played three games more. Kingstone’s loss comes on the back of their first loss of the season last week, when they were dumped out of the Association Cup by Rotherham Town.
23 year old Jordan Lodge helped second placed North Gawber Colliery close the gap on Kingstone. Lodge scored five times for North Gawber, as they beat Frecheville 6-0 at Woolley Miners Welfare. The gap at the top now stands at only a point, but North Gawber have played a game more than their rivals.
Bramley Sunnyside made it back-to-back league wins, as they defeated high-flying Bawtry Town 4-3 at the Keepmoat Stadium. Prior to the recent back-to-back wins, Bramley had been winless since the a opening day win over Boynton Sports.
Caribbean Sports made it five wins from their last six league games, with a 5-2 win over Maltby Main Reserves at Muglet Lane. Caribbean now sit in fifth position in the table.
One position below Caribbean are Sheffield Lane Top, who were 3-2 winners over New Bohemians on Saturday. The Lane Top are unbeaten in their last six league games.
We have new leaders in the U21 Division, with Swallownest Miners Welfare U21 leading the way on goal scored. On Saturday Swallownest were 8-2 winners away against Davy FC U21. Jay Atkins, John Baines, Alex Nightingale and Alex Lill all scored twice for Swallownest.
Second placed Treeton Terriers U21 were also winners on Saturday. They beat fourth placed Shaw Lane Aqua Force Barnsley U21 2-1, thanks to goals from Dan Abdullah and Joe Slater.
Third placed North Gawber Colliery U21 drew their second consecutive league, as they were held to a 3-3 draw away against Valley Knights U21. North Gawber are only a point off the lead and are the only unbeaten team left in the division.
Houghton Main U21 ended a three game winless league streak, with a 6-2 home win over Swinton Athletic U21 at Middlecliffe Lane.
Bawtry Town U21 made it three league games unbeaten, as they drew 3-3 at the Keepmoat Stadium against Millmoor Juniors U21.