It was yet another big week in the County Senior League, with the last League Cup Semi-Final taking place, and a busy league fixture list.
League Cup Semi-Final
Premier Division leaders Swinton Athletic were knocked-out of the League Cup in their Semi-Final against fifth placed Oughtibridge WMFC. Two late goals gave Oughtibridge a 2-0 win at Sandy Lane to book their place in the final against Joker FC on Tursday 23rd April (at Sandy Lane kick-off 7.30pm). Oughtibridge have been an annoyance to Swinton this season, having beaten them in the league 6-0 in November.
Swinton’s week went from bad to worse on Saturday, as they slumped to a 4-0 defeat at against Handsworth Parramore. Kyle Lilley scored twice for the defending champions in a vintage performance at Oliver’s Mount. James Dawes and Scott Bates were also on target for Handsworth. Swinton have two league games remaining, and know that four points from those will give them the title.
Joker FC climbed off the foot of the table, with a 2-1 win over Jubilee Sports at Chaucer School. Joker have had a bit of a renaissance of late; they have booked their place in the League Cup final and have won four of their last six league games.
Wombwell Main kept themselves out of the bottom two, with a 3-1 home win over Millmoor Juniors with goals from Darryl Smith (2) and Ross Tutill.
Swallownest Miners Welfare ended a run of four losses, with a hard-fought 3-2 away win over Frecheville. Swallownest remain in fourth place in the table.
Oughtibridge WMFC followed up their Semi-Final win with a 2-2 draw against Athersley Recreation Reserves at Sheerien Park.
League leaders North Gawber Colliery scored six for the second week running, but this time without reply against Sheffield Bankers at Hillsborough College. North Gawber lead the way by four points, with a game spare.
It has been a wonderful week for Penistone Church Reserves, as they recorded back-to-back 5-0 victories. They beat Sheffield Bankers 5-0 at the Memorial Ground on Wednesday, and repeated the feat at the same venue against Davy FC on Saturday. Remarkably, there were five different scorers on both occasions, highlighting two fantastic team performances and keeping them in second place.
Third placed Thorpe Hesley were held to a goalless draw by Ecclesfield Red Rose at the Civil Service Ground. Thorpe Hesley have won only one of their last four league games.
Kingstone United were emphatic 7-1 winners against strugglers AFC Dronfield at Gosforth Playing Fields. Dronfield are third bottom and have only won one of their last seven league games.
South Kirkby Colliery followed up last weeks’ 3-0 win over Kingstone United, with a 1-1 draw against High Green Villa at Millar’s Walk.
Silkstone United climbed into fourth place, with a 2-1 over Millmoor Juniors Reserves at Grange Park.
League leaders Byron House slipped to their fifth league defeat of the season, as they lost 2-1 to Worsbrough Bridge Athletic Reserves at Park Road. Second placed Denaby Main were able to take advantage of Byron House’s slip as they beat Kiveton Park 2-0 at Stone Close. Denaby are now only six points off the pace with four games in hand.
Caribbean Sports also heaped more pressure on the leaders, with a 2-0 win of their own at Roundwood Pavillion against Parkgate Reserves. Caribbean are six points off the lead, having played two games less than the leaders.
Steven Ellor scored a hat-trick to inspire Denaby United to a 5-1 home win over Maltby Main Reserves. Denaby are in fourth place and can consider themselves part of the title race, as they are only eight points behind the leaders, with two games spare.
Shaw Lane Aqua Force Barnsley Reserves were back to winning ways with a 2-0 win over New Bohemians at SHU Sports Ground. Shaw Lane had previously not recorded a league win since November.
16 year old Liam White came off the bench to rescue Bawtry Town a point, as they drew 1-1 against Frecheville Reserves at the Keepmoat Stadium.
Handsworth Parramore’s 1005 league record came to an end, after they were held to a 0-0 draw away against defending champions Swallownest Miners Welfare U21. Aminur Rahman had inspired Swallownest to a 4-0 home win over Caribbean Sports U21 on Wednesday night.
Second placed Houghton Main U21 resumed normal service after last weeks’ loss to Millmoor Juniors U21, with a 6-0 win over Davy FC U21. Liam Graham (2), Joel Hickling, Ashley Emmett, Giorgio Williams and Sam Smith were all on target. Houghton Main are just two points behind Handsworth, but have played three games more.
Bradley Bartholomew scored twice to help Millmoor Juniors U21 to a 3-1 away win over U21 Cup winners Athersley Recreation U21 at Sheerien Park. In-form Millmoor are in third, only two points behind the leaders, but they have also played three games more.
Wombwell Main U21 claimed a good win, with a 2-1 home victory over mid-table AFC Dronfield U21.