As ever at this time of year, the weather begins to change with the end of autumn upon us. This change in weather has been felt no more so than in the County Senior League this week. Firstly, the U21 Cup Semi-Final between Athersley Recreation U21 and Wombwell Main U21, under Swallownest Miners Welfare’s new floodlights was abandoned due to dense fog. Then, at the weekend a handful of fixtures fell to the wet weather the region experienced at the end of the week. This did not spoil all the fun though, with 16 league games still going ahead.
Second placed Swinton Athletic winless league run was extended to three games, as they were held to a 2-2 draw at home by Athersley Recreation Reserves. Swinton trail leaders Houghton Main by two points, with a game spare.
Defending champions Handsworth Parramore slipped to their third loss in four league games, as they were beaten 2-1 away at Wickersley.
Jubilee Sports extended their unbeaten run to a four league games, as they drew 1-1 at Chaucer School against Stocksbridge Park Steels Reserves.
In the big game at the bottom Wombwell Main climbed-out of the bottom two, as they held Joker FC to a 2-2 draw at Bill Chafer Youth Centre. Joker remain at the foot-of-the-table, but are only one point behind Wombwell.
North Gawber Colliery climbed back to the top of the First Division, following a comfortable 3-0 away win over South Kirkby Colliery at Millar’s Walk. It is now six consecutive wins for North Gawber, who lead the table on goal difference. High Green Villa were leading the way, but they were held to a 1-1 draw at home against struggling Sheffield Athletic.
The bottom two met at Davy Sports club, where Davy FC hosted Millmoor Juniors Reserves. Davy came out on top in a thrilling encounter, taking all three points with a 5-4 win. Davy had only scored four goals in their previous 12 league games.
Goals from Adam Dewsnap, Joe Baldwin and George Ellis gave Penistone Church Reserves a 3-1 home win over third placed Thorpe Hesley. Penistone remain in fourth position.
Rotherham Town scored four for the second consecutive, as they beat AFC Dronfield 4-1 at Herringthorpe Leisure Centre. Andy Hanson starred for Rotherham scoring a hat-trick, to add to the goal he grabbed last time out.
League leaders Byron House recorded their tenth win in 12 league games on Saturday, with a comfortable 4-1 home win over struggling New Bohemians. Byron House lead the way by eight points.
Second placed Denaby Main were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Caribbean Sports. Denaby do have a game spare of the leaders. Mid-table Caribbean are experiencing quite the renaissance of late, as they currently seven league games unbeaten following a tricky start.
Shaw Lane Aqua Force Barnsley Reserves climbed into fourth place, following their 2-1 home win over Denaby United. Shaw Lane have won five of their last six league games.
Sheffield Lane Top registered back-to-back wins for the first time this season. They Bawtry Town last time out, and followed that this weekend with a 2-1 away win over fifth placed Maltby Main Reserves.
Goals from James Lawton and Kade Garforth gave Kiveton Park their first win since early-September, as they beat Bawtry Town 2-0 at the Keepmoat Stadium.
Houghton Main 21 climbed to the top of the U21 Division, as they beat AFC Dronfield U21 emphatically 5-0 at Gosforth Playing Fields. Houghton Main lead the way over Athersley Recreation, as they have a better goal difference and a game spare.
Bawtry Town U21 climbed two places off the foot-of-the-table, with a 4-3 home win over Davy U21. Jake Stocks, Joe Smith and two own goals made-up Bawtry’s score-sheet to give them a vital win. Davy replace them at the bottom.
Image from last years' U21 Cup Final which experienced not so dissimilar weather