After a week of participation in County FA cups, the County Senior League returned to league action. There were still a couple of outstanding Association Cup and Junior Cup ties, but there were 20 league games played over this week.
There appears to be no stopping Swinton Athletic at the moment. Goals from Gary Halford and Markus Clare gave them a hard-fought 2-1 away win over Millmoor Juniors. It was the leaders’ sixth straight victory.
Defending champions Handsworth Parramore took second place temporarily after a 3-1 midweek win over Wickersley at Oliver’s Mount. They were back down to third on Saturday though, as Houghton Main took their place after 3-2 home win over Jubilee Sports. Bizarrely, that was Houghton Main’s first home win of the season despite flying so high, though that is more down to the fact that they have only played three home games thus far.
Swallownest Miners Welfare bounced back from back-to-back defeats, with an impressive 4-1 away win over Joker FC. The win takes Swallownest up to fourth place.
Wombwell Main made it three games without defeat, as they held Oughtibridge WMFC to a 2-2 draw at home. Last years’ runners up Oughtibridge, have only won one of their last eight games.
Stocksbridge Park Steels Reserves claimed their first league win since the opening day of season, as they beat Frecheville emphatically 4-0 away from home.
Athersley Recreation Reserves drew their third consecutive league game, as they held Wickersley to a 3-3 draw at Wickersley School.
League leaders Thorpe Hesley claimed their sixth consecutive league win, with a 4-2 victory over Millmoor Juniors Reserves at Rockingham Community Centre. High Green Villa are keeping up the pressure in the leaders though, as they were also victorious, beating South Kirkby Colliery 3-2 at Thorncliffe Playing Fields. High Green have won nine games on the spin, and are only a point off the pace.
Silkstone United heaped more woe on Sheffield Athletic, by beating them 9-0 at Warminster Road. Sheffield Athletic sit third-from-the-bottom and have now not scored for three games in the league.
Penistone Church Reserves claimed their third straight win and third straight clean-sheet, as they were big 5-0 winners away from home against Davy FC. The win is enough to take Penistone into fourth place.
League leaders Byron House fell to their first defeat of the season, as they were beaten 4-0 by Denaby Main at Tickhill Square. Parkgate Reserves were unable to take full advantage of the leaders’ slip, as they were held to a 3-3 draw by New Bohemians despite leading 3-0 with only ten minutes left to play. Craig Fox (2) and Brad Foley scored the goals for New Bohemians in a famous comeback.
Denaby United continued their good form with a 2-1 home win over Shaw Lane Aqua Force Barnsley Reserves. Denaby are seven games unbeaten since their opening day defeat to Parkgate Reserves.
Stacy Sharif scored twice to inspire Caribbean Sports to their second win of the season, as they beat Kiveton Park 2-1 at Stone Close.
Frecheville Reserves claimed a hard-earned point as they held fourth place Maltby Main Reserves to a 2-2 draw at Muglet Lane.
League leaders Athersley Recreation U21 were in blistering form once more, as they beat Davy U21 6-1 away-from-home. It is Athersley second 6-1 away win in three games, as they beat AFC Dronfield U21 with the same score-line in mid-September.
Jordan Lumley and Martin Hill both scored twice to help AFC Dronfield to an entertaining 6-4 victory over Denaby United U21. The win takes Dronfield into third place. Millmoor Juniors U21 are level with Dronfield with a game-in-hand, following a 3-1 home win over Wombwell Main U21 on Saturday.
North Gawber Colliery U21 claimed first away win of the season, as they score late to beat Bawtry Town U21 4-3 at the Keepmoat Stadium.
S&HCFA Association Cup 1st Round
Ecclesfield Red Rose 7 Harworth Colliery Reserves 2
Sheffield Bankers 6 Sheffield Lane Top 1
S&HCFA Junior Cup 1st Round
Swallownest Miners Welfare U21 8 Railway Berry Brow 0