Weekly Round-up

By Michael Clarke

After a little rest over the Bank Holiday weekend, the County Senior League returned with a full fixture list over midweek and again on Saturday.

Premier Division

Swinton Athletic sit atop the burgeoning Premier Division table, with seven points from their opening three games. Swinton took an excellent point midweek as they drew 3-3 away to Houghton Main. They followed that on Saturday with a big 7-0 away against Everest FC. Mark Clare was the star of the show scoring three times.

Millmoor Juniors’ are Swinton’s nearest rivals at the moment, sitting one point behind after the same amount of games. Millmoor secured back-to-back wins this week, with a 3-0 win over Stocksbridge Park Steels Reserves at Grange Park on Wednesday and a 7-2 victory over Wombwell Main at the same venue on Saturday.

On Saturday Handsworth Parramore beat Oughtibridge EMFC 1-0 at Handsworth Junior Sports Club. The game was given added spice by the fact that Handsworth beat Oughtibridge by six points for the Premier Division title last term. It is so far so good for the Champions, with two wins from two played, the only 100% record in the league.

All the teams in the Premier Division have played at least two games so far this season, but no more than four and all have secured a win, indicating it could be a tight league this term.

Division One

AFC Dronfield take pride of place at the top of Division One with three wins from three played. Midweek two goals from James Archer inspired them to a 5-1 home win over Sheffield Bankers. Archer was on target again on Saturday as Dronfield edged-out Sheffield Athletic 3-2. It is an impressive start for the club who achieved promotion in the summer.

North Gawber Colliery were also promoted in the summer after they won Division Two, and they have also adapted to life well in their new surroundings with a seven points from three games. They were 5-0 winners over Kingstone United at home on Saturday.

Rotherham Town built on their opening day draw against Sheffield Athletic, with back-to-back 3-1 home wins this week. On Tuesday they saw-off Millmoor Juniors Reserves, while repeating the feat on Saturday against Thorpe Hesley.

High Green Villa have not had everything their own way since their demotion in the Summer. They lost 2-1 at Rockingham Community Centre on Wednesday and are one of three teams in Division One who are yet to get off the mark.

Division Two

Denaby Main lead Division Two. Denaby are new to the league this season. They played only once this week, registering a 4-2 win over Frecheville Reserves at Tickhill Square on Wednesday night to make it three wins from three games.

Maltby Main Reserves have the same number of points, but have played a game more. They beat Treeton Terriers 10-1 on Wednesday, with Jordan Thomas scoring six times. Thomas scored again on Saturday, as they fought to a hard-fought 4-3 home win over Caribbean Sports. There have been 31 goals in Malbty’s four games thus far.

The aforementioned Treeton were also beaten heavily by New Bohemians on Saturday. Scott Naseby grabbed a hat-trick in a 6-0 win over New Bohemians. New Bohemians were happy to grab their first win after losing to 2-1 to Parkgate Reserves 2-1 on Wednesday. Parkgate also have 100% record.

Byron House have won both of their games so far this season. They were in action only once this week, when they beat Caribbean Sports 2-1 away thanks to goals from Shaun Higginbottom and Andrew Saynor.

U21 Division

The U21 Division only saw action on the weekend. New side Denaby United U21 are the early leaders in the U21 Division. They were 3-1 winners over North Gawber Colliery U21 at Old Road Playing Fields.

Last years’ U21 League Winners Swallownest Miners Welfare U21 opened their season on Saturday. It was not the start they were looking for either, as they fell to a 4-1 defeat to Athersley Recreation U21 at Sheerien Park.

Jordan Dixon scored four times for AFC Dronfield U21 in their 8-1 win over Davy FC U21 at Gosforth Playing Fields. You would normally expect 8-1 to be a rare score-line, but lightning struck twice on Saturday as it was repeated at Grange Park by Millmoor Juniors U21 in their win over Caribbean Sports. Mohammed Hamid was the star of that game with four goals to his name.

Where next?

Weekly Round-up Swinton still lead the way, Denaby Derby
Midweek Round-up Midweek action returns

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