Preview of games to be played on 25 June
Posted on 24th June 2022 at 15:46
There is a huge game in the Premier Division at Brumby Hall, where league leaders Appleby Frodingham will face third-placed Wakefield Thornes, just eight points below them. Sandwiched between the two are Tickhill, who lost the leadership at Cawthorne last week, and have a chance to get back on the winning trail at home to Cleethorpes, whose bright start to the season is fading badly. Fourth-placed Whitley Hall have lost their last two games, and it will not get any easier for them against Doncaster, who despite falling to Barnsley Woolley Miners last week, have won six of their last eight games. Despite being rather inconsistent this season, Sheffield Collegiate are level with Whitley Hall; they will need to find their best form when they visit Shaw Lane to face a home side inspired by Jake Weatherald. Elsewhere, the bottom four clubs face each other tomorrow, with points being fiercely contested as Elsecar host Cawthorne at the Al Murad Stadium, and Whiston Parish Church make the short trip to Treeton.
Leaders Aston Hall face a big test tomorrow when they host second-placed Hallam in the division’s indisputable match-of-the-day. There is a lot at stake; Aston Hall could go 22 points clear, but defeat could see Hallam leapfrog them to reclaim top spot. Houghton Main and Wickersley Old Village share third place – Houghton probably have the harder task as they visit Shiregreen, just two points below them, whilst Wickersley host ninth-placed Sprotbrough. Green Moor have failed to pick up a point since early May, and it does not get much easier for them, as they face a Conisbrough side who have won five out of their last seven. The two second teams, of Sheffield Collegiate and Barnsley Woolley Miners, face each other at Abbeydale, with only eight points between them, and both needing the win to keep clear of the relegation zone. Elsewhere, Wath play Rockingham Colliery at Moor Road – the visitors needing the points to climb out of the bottom two.
Doncaster Town 2nds and Darfield have streaked out in front in the Division 1 promotion race, with the gap to third being 20 points. This weekend, league leaders Doncaster play host to third-placed Whitley Hall 2nds in the division’s match-of-the-day, whilst Darfield have a trip to third-bottom Warmsworth. At the bottom, Oughtibridge War Memorial entertain fourth-placed Upper Haugh and fellow strugglers Sheffield Collegiate 3rds travel to Sheffield United in fifth. Elsewhere, South Kirkby will travel to Wakefield Thornes 2nds and Coal Aston will host Rotherham Town.
As in the first division, second and third places in Division 2 are separated by 20 points, with Wickersley Old Village 2nds and Ackworth seemingly now in control at the top. One of them will drop points this time around, though, as they play each other at Ackworth, with the gap between them just four points. This may allow Treeton 2nds back into the race, after their hammering last weekend, if they can win at Thorpe Hesley & High Green. Monk Bretton and Caribbean Sports’ positions in the bottom two have swapped several times so far this season as they look to climb away from trouble. They face Hatfield Town and Penistone respectively – the clubs currently occupying ninth and eight places in the table. Meanwhile, Hallam 2nds will host Aston Hall 2nds and Norton Oakes will travel to Norton Woodseats, with just two points separating the two.
Elsecar 2nds remain dominant in Division 3 as their winning streak continues, and they play strugglers Worsbrough Bridge tomorrow. Elsecar are 22 points clear of a pack led by Tickhill 2nds, who travel to ninth club Thorncliffe & Wentworth. Two points behind Tickhill are Parkhead, who are at home to Kexborough in fifth; whilst fourth club Sprotbrough 2nds are at home to Bradfield Village Fellowship. Whiston Parish Church currently prop up the table, and have a home fixture against fellow strugglers Oughtibridge 2nds, which gives them an opportunity to start looking up the table. Finally, Frecheville Community will entertain Wath 2nds with the teams sitting in sixth and seventh places respectively.
The promotion race is even tighter in Division 4, with the gap from second to seventh being just 16 points. Millhouses Works remain out in front of at the top and travel to lowly Maltby Miners Welfare tomorrow; whilst second-placed Stocksbridge will look to remain there with a win at home to Barnsley Woolley Miners 3rds in seventh. Higham occupy third place and have an away game at Silkstone United in ninth; and, four points behind them, Rockingham Colliery 2nds host strugglers Whiston Forge. Elsewhere, basement side Shiregreen 2nds are at Sheffield Collegiate 4ths; whilst Cawthorne 2nds, in fifth place after slipping up in their promotion chase last weekend, welcome mid-table Handsworth JSC.
Division 5’s top three are separated by just six points, with all three recently hitting the 100-point mark. Wombwell Main remain top after their abandonment last weekend but face a tough challenge away to second-placed Upper Haugh 2nds. This game will open the door for Fishlake if they can win at Darfield 2nds in eighth. At the opposite end of the table, second-bottom Norton Oakes 2nds host the side one place, but 26 points, above them in the table, Hallam 3rds. Basement club Mexborough Athletic are at home to fourth-placed Doncaster Town 3rds, who need the win to keep them in touch with the promotion race. Elsewhere, Coal Aston 2nds are away at Rotherham Town 2nds, just two points below them in sixth, and Conisbrough 2nds will welcome Sheffield University Staff in a bottom-half clash.
The top two in Division 6 both have away games this weekend – league leaders Sheffield United 2nds travel to ninth club Handsworth JSC 2nds, with second-placed Thorpe Hesley & High Green 2nds are away to bottom club Barnsley Woolley Miners 4ths. Third-placed Penistone 2nds are at home to Caribbean Sports 2nds, who are one place above bottom. Elsewhere, Wickersley Old Village 3rds are at Sprotbrough 3rds and Whitley Hall 3rds entertain Green Moor 2nds in two mid-table clashes.
Division 7 leaders Brookhouse have a tough game at home to fourth-placed club Warmsworth 2nds. Ackworth 2nds could take advantage of second-placed Higham having a day off by moving level on points with them, if they can win away to sixth-placed Millhouses Works 2nds. Monk Bretton 2nds and Thorncliffe & Wentworth 2nds are both well adrift at the bottom; both play bottom half opposition this week, with the former at home to Frecheville Community 2nds, whilst Thorncliffe travel to Parklands to play Eden Grove. Ninth-placed Mexborough Athletic 2nds travel to play Harley, in fifth.
Just ten points separate the top four in Division 8, with Hatfield Town 2nds and Doncaster Town 4ths currently filling the promotion spots. This weekend Hatfield visit sixth-placed Rockingham Colliery 3rds and Doncaster host ninth club Dearne. The chasing pack currently consists of Stocksbridge 2nds, who are away to second-bottom Wath 3rds, and Houghton Main 2nds, who entertain Worsbrough Bridge 2nds, just one place and six points below them. Meanwhile, Silkstone United 2nds will head to Scholes with both teams still looking nervously over their shoulders in the bottom half.
Whiston Forge 2nds and Upper Haugh 3rds are the top two in Division 9, with Adwick-le-Street in third a full 20 points ahead of the rest. Tomorrow, league leaders Whiston are at home to second-bottom Eden Grove Parklands 2nds, whilst Upper Haugh face a tough trip to fourth-placed Wombwell Main 2nds. Adwick-le-Street also face a potentially stern test when they go to fifth-placed Hampole & Skelbrooke. Elsewhere, Kexborough 2nds host Brookhouse 2nds with Rockingham Colliery 4ths travelling to Sheffield United 3rds on Sunday.
by Roger Pugh & Sam Chadwick
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