It was good news to end the week for the County Senior League, with the start of the inaugural U21 League Cup. We had three games in the 1st Round taking place on Saturday.
Under 21 Division leaders Athersley Recreation U21 took replicated their league form in the cup, with a 4-2 away win over Davy FC U21.
Last years’ U21 Division winners Swallownest Miners Welfare U21 put themselves into Round Two with a 3-0 home win over North Gawber Colliery U21. Aminur Rahman, Ryan Hall and Mohammed Ismael were all on target for Swallownest.
Denaby United U21’s also booked their place in the 2nd Round with an emphatic 7-0 win over Bawtry Town U21’s at Old Road. Regan Kelly starred for Denaby with a four goal haul.
Swinton Athletic maintained their unbeaten start to the season on Saturday, with a 1-0 home win over Stocksbridge Park Steels Reserves. Justin Greenwood scored the only goal for Swinton from the penalty spot. Swinton have won six and drawn one of their games thus far. This record comes despite this being their first home game of the season.
Houghton Main climbed into second place, after they beat Oughtibridge WMFC 2-0 away from home. Nicky Harper scored for both goals for Houghton Main who are just three points off the pace but have played two games more than Swinton.
Scott Bates scored twice to inspire Handsworth Parramore to a 4-2 away win over Frecheville. Alex Rippon and Lanzel Reid were also on the score-sheet as last years’ league winners moved into third place.
Millmoor Juniors were held to a 2-2 draw at home to Jubilee Sports. Chris Telling and Neil Brown scored for Millmoor, with Lee Grocock and Josh Statham on target for Jubilee.
Simon Chadburn and Ryan Hallsworth grabbed the goals for Wombwell Main, as they climbed-out of the relegation zone with a 2-1 home win over Joker FC.
Wickersley climbed off the foot-of-the-table with a hard-fought 3-2 home win over the unpredictable Swallownest Miners Welfare. Everest replaced Wickersley at the bottom following their 5-1 loss to Athersley Recreation Reserves. Shane Redford (pen), Ryan Smith, Kyle Warden, Ben Day and Thomas Rushforth all scored for Athersley, who extended their unbeaten run to six games.
North Gawber Colliery remain unbeaten at the summit of Division One. They were 2-0 winners over Millmoor Juniors Reserves at home this time out. Thorpe Hesley are hot on North Gawber’s tail though. They registered a fantastic 5-1 away win over South Kirkby Colliery away from home. Thorpe Hesley are only a point off the pace at the top.
High Green Villa claimed a 2-1 away win over Penistone Church Reserves on Wednesday night thanks to goals from Charles Tunnard and Luke Parkinson. High built on that on Saturday, with a comfortable 4-0 home win over Davy FC. The back-to-back wins are enough to see High Green into third position in the table.
Ecclesfield Red Rose extended their 100% record to six matches, with a 2-1 away win over KIngstone United. Jerome Grant and Scott Kelly scored the vital goals for Ecclesfield.
AFC Dronfield and Silkstone United played-out a nine goals thriller at Gosforth Playing Fields. Silkstone took home all three points though, as they edged the game 5-4.
Penistone Church Reserves claimed their third clean-sheet of the season, as they beat Rotherham Town 3-0 at home, with goals from George Orrell and Adam Dewsnap (2). Penistone are up to fifth place, climbing above Rotherham in the process.
Byron House made it eight wins from eight games played, with a 1-0 win over Kiveton Park at Stone Close. Yet again it was Nick Garvey who was the difference for Byron House, scoring the only goal.
Worsbrough Bridge Athletic Reserves’ weekend woe continued, as they fell to a 2-1 defeat to Shaw Lane Aqua Force Barnsley Reserves. Worsbrough are still to win this season on Saturday after three attempts, but have managed three wins midweek.
Parkgate Reserves were 5-2 winners at home to Maltby Main Reserves on Saturday. The win takes Parkgate above Maltby and into third place.
Denaby United were held to a 2-2 draw at home to Caribbean Sports. The draw does extend Debnaby’s unbeaten run to six games though.
Frecheville Reserves claimed their first win of the season, with a narrow 1-0 win over Sheffield Lane Top at the Civil Service Ground.