Preview of games to be played on 10 September
Posted on 9th September 2022 at 17:16
There are no games in the YCSPL Premier Division tomorrow, because the league programme had to end a week early due to the Yorkshire Premier Leagues championship play-offs. Our champions, Appleby Frodingham, are at home to North Yorkshire & South Durham champions Middlesbrough (11.00 start). It is very much a trip into the unknown for the Steelmen, but they have ground advantage, and we wish them all the very best of luck.
All the promotion and relegation issues in this Division are now resolved, so it is very much a case of teams playing for pride. The outstanding game is that between the two promoted teams at Crimicar, Hallam and champions Aston Hall.
The championship of Division 1 will be decided tomorrow – a win for Darfield over Warmsworth at School Lane will confirm them as champions, but if they lose, and Doncaster Town 2nds beat Whitley Hall 2nds at Baxter Field, the Town Fields side will take the title. At the other end of the table, if Warmsworth lose at Darfield, they will be relegated. But if Warmsworth win, their future will be in the hands of the teams above them; if Coal Aston lose at Rotherham Town, they would then go down; if both Coal Aston and Warmsworth win, Oughtibridge could go down if they lose at Upper Haugh; finally, in the seemingly unlikely event of Coal Aston, Oughtibridge and Warmsworth all winning and Wakefield Thornes 2nds failing to pick up any points at South Kirkby, Thornes would go down.
In Division 2, the battle for the third promotion place will be resolved. The two sides concerned, Hallam 2nds and Aston Hall 2nds, meet in the division’s game of the day at Green Lane; if Hallam win, they go up; if Aston Hall win, they go up provided that they restrict Hallam to two points or less. At the bottom of the table, Thorpe Hesley & High Green will go down unless they beat Treeton 2nds at Washfield Lane and Caribbean Sports not only lose at Penistone, but fail to pick up any points; in which case net run rate will decide between the sides – any other scenario would see Caribbean Sports safe.
There are also two issues to be decided in Division 3. The third promotion place is between Parkhead and Wath 2nds; if Parkhead win at Kexborough they will be promoted, but if they lose, Wath 2nds will be promoted if they win at home to Frecheville Community. At the bottom end of the table, Oughtibridge War Memorial 2nds must beat Whiston Parish Church 2nds at home, if they fail to do so they will be relegated; but if Oughtibridge win and Bradfield Village Fellowship fail to win at Sprotbrough, then Oughtibridge will be safe; whilst if Oughtibridge and Bradfield both win, then Worsbrough Bridge will be relegated if they fail to pick up any points from their trip to play champions Elsecar 2nds.
There is one outstanding issue in Division 4, the third promotion place. Cawthorne 2nds and Handsworth Junior Sporting Club are currently level on 172 points and they play each other in the division’s match-of-the-day at Oliver’s Mount. If Cawthorne win, they will be promoted; otherwise Higham could leapfrog Cawthorne into the third promotion place if they win their home game against Silkstone United.
With the promotion places decided, the outstanding issue in Division 5 is the third relegation place, which is between Sheffield University Staff and Hallam 3rds. The Staff are currently six points ahead of Hallam, so a win for them at home to Conisbrough 2nds will ensure their safety; but if they lose, and Hallam win at home to Norton Oakes 2nds, Hallam will stay up. There is nothing at stake, but the top two play each other at Hough Lane, where champions Wombwell Main host Upper Haugh 2nds.
The third promotion spot is also to be decided in Division 6, where a win for Wickersley Old Village 3rds at home to Sprotbrough 2nds would move them into the third place. If Wickersley lose, a win for Whitley Hall 3rds away to Green Moor 2nds could push them up into third place. If Whitley Hall do win that game, Sprotbrough 2nds can escape relegation if they beat Wickersley. But this is all dependent on the Green Moor appeal against their result against Wickersley being overturned. If Green Moor’s appeal is upheld, Whitley Hall will be promoted if they win, otherwise it will be Penistone who go up, and Sprotbrough 2nds will be relegated whatever their result.
There is still one promotion place up for grabs in Division 7, with Ackworth 2nds and Warmsworth 2nds separated by just two points. Ackworth play Millhouses Works 2nds at home, and the issue could be resolved if they win and Warmsworth lose at home to Brookhouse – any other combination of results will ensure that the battle goes on to next Saturday, when the two clubs play each other at Common Lane.
All issues are resolved in Division 8, but champions Hatfield Town 2nds will want to end on a high by beating Rockingham Colliery 3rds at Carr Side Lane.
The promotion issues are settled in Division 9, but there remains an interesting game at Rawmarsh, where two of the promoted sides, Upper Haugh 3rds and Wombwell Main 2nds, will play each other.
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