Another week and another busy week in the County Senior League, yet again there was a full fixture list midweek as well as on the weekend.
Swinton Athletic remain the early leaders in the Premier Division. They were involved in a seven goal thriller on Monday night with Wombwell Main. Goals from Brett Bowden-Lovell, Ash Linacre, Ryan Doxey and Jack Ward settled the game 4-3 in their favour to give them 10 points from their opening four games.
Swallownest Miners Welfare are joint top but have played a game more. They had a goal-filled week. Midweek they were impressive 4-3 winners at the Look Local Stadium against Stocksbridge Park Steels Reserves. Their week got better on Saturday, with a 3-2 home win over newly promoted Jubilee Sports.
Last years’ Champions Handsworth Parramore suffered their first defeat midweek, as a single goal from Daniel Swales condemned them to defeat against Joker FC. Handsworth did bounce back straight away though, with an impressive 5-2 home win over Wombwell Main on Saturday. Wombwell currently hold up the table.
Joker FC ended a handsome week with a 2-2 draw home against Oughtibridge WMFC. It was the second 2-2 draw in a week for the slow-starting Oughtibridge, who were also held by Millmoor Juniors at home midweek.
North Gawber Colliery have carried their good form on from last season into their maiden Division One season. They made it four straight wins midweek, with a solid 2-0 away win over Silkstone United. They followed that with a thrilling 4-4 draw at home to Thorpe Hesley. The point was enough for North Gawber to remain in first position in the table. Thorpe Hesley are in third place, only a point behind. Thorpe Hesley were 2-1 winners midweek over Penistone Church Reserves, thanks to a brace from a familiar source in Thomas Beech.
Rotherham Town are joint top with an almost identical record. They were 3-1 winners at The Fleets against Kingstone United on Wednesday. It was the fourth consecutive game in which Rotherham had scored three goals. That run did come to an end on Saturday though, as they were held 1-1 at home to Davy FC.
Ecclesfield Red Rose may have only played three games but they are the only team in Division One with a 100% record. They were in action just once this week, when they beat Sheffield Bankers 2-1 at the Civil Service Ground. The Bankers were quick to get back on track, as they beat Thorncliffe 6-1 on Saturday, helped in part by a hat-trick from James Fletcher. The loss impounds Thorncliffe’s poor start. They did achieve their first point of the season on Wednesday though, as they drew 0-0 away against fellow strugglers Millmoor Juniors Reserves.
We can only start our Division Two at Old Road, where on Saturday the County Senior League’s first ever Denaby Derby took place. Denaby United were the hosts, as they held high-flying Denaby Main to a 2-2 draw. It was the first points Denaby Main have dropped thus far. They were 5-3 winners over Parkgate Reserves on Wednesday and sit in second place. The defeat was fourth placed Parkgate’s first of the season. Denaby United were 3-0 winners over struggling Treeton Terriers at Meadowhall Soccer Centre on Wednesday.
Maltby Main Reserves lead the way though, as they recorded back-to-back wins this week. Firstly, they recorded a 4-2 home win over Worsbrough Bridge Athletic Reserves. They built on that on Saturday as goals from Ricky Tate, Ryan Davies and Jordan Thomas gave them a 3-0 away win over New Bohemians.
Byron House continued their excellent start to life in the County Senior League, as they made it four wins from four games played. They saw action twice this week. On Wednesday a Nick Garvey hat-trick inspired them to a 4-0 away win over Frecheville Reserves. Garvey was on target twice again on Saturday in Byron House’s 4-3 hard-fought win over Shaw Lane Aqua Force Barnsley Reserves.
It was two wins and two clean sheets for U21 Division leaders Athersley Recreation U21’s this week. They registered a narrow 1-0 away win over Bawtry Town U21’s on Wednesday, and then a 2-0 home win over Wombwell Main U21 on the weekend.
Houghton Main U21’s sit in second place, however, they succumbed to a 4-0 away loss to North Gawber Colliery U21’s midweek. They were back on their game on the weekend though, in a 12 goal thriller against Millmoor Juniors U21’s. Goals from Jack Conley (3), Sam Smith (2), Josh Cornwall and Macauley Evans gave Houghton a 7-5 win.
Last years’ league winners Swallownest Miners Welfare U21 got off the mark midweek, with a 2-1 home win over Denaby United U21’s. Denaby lost again on the weekend, this time 6-2 at home against Handsworth Parramore U21’s, who have 100% record after two games.