Preview of matches on 10 July
Posted on 9th July 2021 at 14:01
In the Premier Division, runaway leaders Appleby Frodingham are at home to strugglers Hallam, whilst their nearest rivals, Treeton, take a five-match winning run into their home clash with fifth-placed Wakefield Thornes, who have not won since the beginning of June. Barnsley Woolley Miners are in third, having won five of their last six, and travel in search of a double to Doncaster, who themselves have picked up lately, with three winds from their last five. Fourth-placed Sheffield Collegiate are now 30 points adrift of the leaders, and know that they cannot afford any more slip-ups for them to have even an outside chance of making up the ground. They visit Wickersley, whose need for points is even greater, as they are now 28 adrift of safety. Elsewhere, Elsecar will be favourites on their visit to Cawthorne; and there is a mid-table clash between Whitley Hall and Tickhill, who both lost last Saturday.
The Championship Division will now be decided on an average points basis, due to Covid postponements. Leaders Cleethorpes are at Aston Hall, who also need the win to revitalise their promotion challenge. Joint-second side Sheffield Collegiate seconds cannot be promoted, but they want to win the Division and will be looking to extend a three-match winning run at home to Wath, who were unable to play last week. Equal second Houghton Main lost to Collegiate last week, but will be confident of getting back on track when they visit Shaw Lane to play strugglers Barnsley. Whiston are still well-placed in fourth, and will be favourites at home to Rockingham. Conisbrough, who have won their last two games to pull out of the relegation places, are at home to mid-table Sprotbrough; whilst bottom club Oughtibridge are at home to Warmsworth, who have won only one of their last five.
Green Moor dodged the rain last weekend to stay top of Division 1, but they face a tough test this weekend as third-placed Rotherham Town come to visit. Nestled in second, Shiregreen also made the most of breaks in the weather to gain an important win at Wakefield Thornes 2nds, and they face ninth-placed Aston Hall 2nds, who were in good form before an abandonment at home to Hallam 2nds on Saturday. Hallam, themselves, face an important game at home to Sheffield United, as tenth play eleventh. Below them sit Treeton 2nds, who lost to the league leaders last weekend, but will see their game against Darfield as one that they can go out and win. Both Whitley Hall 2nds and Upper Haugh missed out due to the weather last weekend and the sixth and fifth-placed teams go up against each other in the hope of re-building some momentum. Elsewhere, fourth-placed Wakefield Thornes 2nds have struggled for form in recent weeks, and they face South Kirkby who sit in eighth.
Division 2 leaders Doncaster 2nds have a tricky away fixture this weekend against in-form Norton Woodseats at Graves Park. Monk Bretton are back in action away at Norton Oakes, which again could be another tough task. It is second-placed Sheffield Collegiate 3rds who look to have the upper hand as they travel to Stonelow Playing Fields against Coal Aston. Wickersley Old Village 2nds look to bounce back from defeat last weekend to Woodseats with a trip to out-of-form Elsecar 2nds. Last weekend’s victors Worsbrough Bridge travel to Thorncliffe, which will be an interesting tussle at the Crucible Oval. Elsewhere, the Frecheville Community against Thorpe Helsey & High Green game is off due to Covid issues.
Last weekend was very disrupted in Division 3 due to both the weather and Covid. Caribbean would have been frustrated that the rain halted their mission to bounce back to the top of the league, and this week they face Oughtibridge 2nds whose double-header saw them come out of last weekend with 12 points after a win and an abandonment. Sprotbrough 2nds are the current league leaders but saw both their games in their own double-header abandoned, and will be looking to get back to business as they play away at Wath 2nds. Eighth-placed Silkstone United will play host to Penistone who sit in fourth; and at the bottom, Maltby Miners Welfare come up against an in-form Tickhill 2nds. The game between Rockingham Colliery 2nds and Barnsley Woolley Miners 3rds is off due to Covid reasons. After losing in the the only game to take place in the division on Saturday, Kexborough are deprived of the opportunity to revitalise their bid for promotion at Whiston, as the game has been cancelled due to Covid reasons.
Division 4 teams are another based on their average points per game due to Covid cancellations. Therefore, Bradfield Village Fellowship head the group with 5.75 points per game. They face a trip to Mexborough Athletic who have only won the once this season. The fixture of the weekend sees Higham host Cawthorne 2nds. Higham have lost their last two games but sit in third place behind Parkhead, who play away against a Fishlake side who have won their last four games. Sheffield Collegiate 4ths will look to climb the table with victory at home to Hallam 3rds; whilst strugglers Barnsley Woolley Miners 4ths host Shiregreen 2nds who sit in sixth.
It is first against bottom this weekend in Division 5 as leaders Whiston Forge play at Conisbrough 2nds. Conisbrough lost last Saturday in the only game to take place in the division. Not only do first play bottom, but second play second-bottom too, as strugglers Bradfield Village Fellowship 2nds play host to Upper Haugh 2nds, who were the only team to win last weekend. Below Whiston Forge and Upper Haugh, third-placed Thorpe Hesley & High Green play third-bottom Coal Aston 2nds looking to close their nine-point gap to first place. Elsewhere, Rotherham Town 2nds and Norton Oakes 2nds are still only a couple of wins away from contention, they play Handsworth and Kilnhurst Colliery respectively this weekend. In mid-table, ninth-placed Penistone 2nds still aren’t out of the woods in a tight battle near the bottom, and they host seventh-placed Darfield 2nds.
In Division 6, Doncaster have chance to extend their promotion push with the visit of Thorncliffe 2nds, who are positioned in mid-table. Wombwell Main are the only team in touching distance and they play at home to Millhouses Works 2nds. Wentworth are still hunting for their first win of the season and they travel to Handsworth Junior Sporting Club 2nds who sit in fourth. Third placed Green Moor 2nds still have chance to hunt down the two frontrunners but will need a win at Wickersley Old Village 3rds, who are only six points behind them. Sheffield United 2nds will also want to push themselves away from the drop zone by picking points up at home against Caribbean Sports 2nds.
Rather surprisingly, three games took place on Saturday in Division 7, although abandonments cut Whitley Hall 3rds’ lead at the top of the standings to eleven points. Sprotbrough 3rds were the ones who closed said gap with a win over fellow high-fliers Frecheville Community 2nds. Both Whitley Hall and Sprotbrough take on strugglers at home this weekend in Silkstone United 2nds and Scholes, who lie in tenth and twelfth, respectively. In mid-table, both Fishlake 2nds and Warmsworth 2nds managed to play on Saturday, although it was only Warmsworth who came away with a win, and they come up against each other at the latter’s ground. Eleventh-placed Worsbrough Bridge 2nds were Fishlake’s conquerers, and they play against Higham, whilst Doncaster Town 4ths, who lost to Warmsworth, play second-bottom Houghton Main. Near the top of the league, Frecheville Community 2nds have a suffered a lapse in form and the fourth-placed side face a tough test in third-placed Harley. Finally, basement side Wath 3rds play an in-form Dearne, who sit in seventh.
Division 8 leaders Monk Bretton 2nds host Sheffield United 3rds, knowing that a win will keep them top of the division for another week. However, Upper Haugh will be waiting for any slip-up to go top if they can beat Kexborough 2nds. At the other end of the table, Brodsworth Main 3rds look to get themselves away from the danger zone with the visit of Mexborough 2nds, who will be looking to push towards the top two. Another team in trouble, Adwick-Le-Street 2nds, have games in hand to push away from trouble and face Rockingham Colliery 4ths this weekend; whilst the Colliery 3rds are on the road to mid-table Brookhouse 2nds. The game between Whiston Forge and Eden Grove Parklands 2nds has been cancelled due to Covid issues.
With thanks to Sam Chadwick & Tom Pratt
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