Weekly Round-up

By Michael Clarke

It has been a week defined by Cup Semi-Finals, but ended with league developments at the forefront of the mind.

S&HCFA Senior Cup Semi-Final
On Wednesday night Oughtibridge WMFC travelled to Sheerien Park to take on Athersley Recreation of the Premier Division of the North Counties East League. Sadly the Premier Division leaders fell short, losing 4-0 on the night.

U21 Cup Semi-Final
Two goals from Alex Nightingale inspired Swallownest Miners Welfare U21 to a 3-1 win over Shaw Lane Aqua Force Barnsley U21 at the Memorial Ground. The U21 Division leaders will face North Gawber Colliery U21 in the final at the Look Local Stadium on April 3rd.

League Cup Semi-Final
2010-11 League Cup winners Houghton Main sealed their place in the League Cup Final with a emphatic 5-1 win over Handsworth at Sandy Lane. Adam Stead set the tone for the tie early on scoring a long distance strike for Houghton Main, his goal was added to by Ashley Emmett, Jake Simon, Ashley Vickers and Kieran Hurst.

Premier Division
Premier Division leaders Oughtibridge beat third placed Handsworth 1-0 on Saturday to extend their lead at the top to 13 points. Handworth have had a terrible week losing last Saturday to second placed Penistone Church and losing heavily in the League Cup Semi-Finals midweek. The aforementioned Penistone Church could only manage a 0-0 away to Frecheville on Saturday.

A fast improving Ecclesfield Red Rose held in-form League Cup finalists Houghton Main to a 1-1 at the Civil Service Ground.

Swinton Athletic claimed their second consecutive win with a 4-0 away victory over Stocksbridge Park Steels Reserves at the Look Local Stadium.

17 year old Ryan Smith scored twice to help Athersley Recreation Reserves to a 3-2 away win over Swallownest Miners Welfare.

Third bottom High Green Villa and bottom side Wombwell Main could not be separated at Thorncliffe Playing Fields, as they played-out a 1-1 draw. High Green remain at the foot-of-the-table, a point behind Wombwell. Wombwell slipped a place as Everest climbed above them following a 2-0 home win over Millmoor Juniors.

Division One
League leaders Joker FC stretched their unbeaten league run to 11 games, with a narrow 1-0 win over Sheffield Bankers at Davy Sports Club. They lead second placed Wickersley by 13 points, but Wickersley do have two games spare. Wickersley were also victorious on Saturday, as two goals from Ben Thornton gave them a 2-0 win over Penistone Church Reserves.

Rotherham Town climbed into fourth place, with a convincing 3-0 home win over bottom side Davy FC. They sit two points behind Wickersley, with a game in hand.

Goals from Ross Gregory and Thomas Beech gave Thorpe Hesley a 2-1 win over South Kirkby Colliery at Rockingham Community Centre. Thorpe Hesley are now four games without defeat.

Double strikes from Scott Hartley and Chris Telling helped Millmoor Juniors Reserves to a 5-3 away win over Hallam FC Reserves. Millmoor have now won four of their last five games, scoring 19 times in the process.

Division Two
Bramley Sunnyside won a vital three points against fellow strugglers Kiveton Park, with a 3-1 win over them at Stone Close. Bramley climb above Kiveton into third from last position.

Jordan Lodge scored twice for league leaders North Gawber Colliery to help them a 4-2 home win over New Bohemians. Second placed Kingstone United remain only a point behind leaders North Gawber (with a game in hand), after they beat Sheffield FC Reserves 2-1 at Barnsley Sports College. North Gawber have a far superior goal difference to Kingstone though, as they currently have the best defensive record in the County Senior League and the most prolific attack.

Third placed AFC Dronfield stretched their unbeaten league run to seven games, with a comfortable 4-1 home win over Boynton Sports.

Worsbrough Bridge Athletic Reserves have had a busy week. Firstly they were 4-3 winners over Maltby Main Reserves at Park Road on Wednesday night. They showed no signs of fatigue on Saturday though, as they equalised in injury time to secure a 1-1 draw at home to Bawtry Town. Worsbrough are on a fine run of form, which has seen them lose only once in seven matches and carry them into a comfortable mid-table position.

Maltby Main Reserves bounced back from their midweek defeat to Worsbrough, by beating Frecheville Reserves 6-1 at Muglet Lane. Luke Norberry starred for Maltby scoring twice.

U21 Division
Swallownest Miners Welfare U21 signed-off on a productive week, with a 3-0 away win over Houghton Main U21. The goals for Swallownest came from a familiar source Alex Nightingale and Alex Lill (2).

North Gawber Colliery U21 claimed a hard-fought 2-1 home win over Shaw Lane Aqua Force Barnsley U21. North Gawber are six points off the lead, with two games spare.

A Luke Beedham hat-trick inspired Treeton Terriers U21 to a 8-1 win over Bawtry Town U21 at the Keepmoat Stadium.

Sam Day scored six goals fro Davy FC U21 in their 7-1 home win over Valley Knights U21 at Davy Sports Ground.

Where next?

League Cup Final Line-up Confirmed Penistone Church reach the League Cup Final to face Houghton Main

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