Preview of matches on 12 June
Posted on 11th June 2021 at 15:48
There are two outstanding games in the Premier Division this weekend. At Abbeydale, third-placed Sheffield Collegiate take on leaders Appleby Frodingham – the two form teams in the division, with four and five consecutive wins respectively behind them. Collegiate are just eight points behind the leaders, and two behind second-placed Wakefield Thornes, who are at home to fourth-placed Barnsley in another intriguing fixture. Depending on the results in these two games, it could be all-change at the top. At the other end of the table, Wickersley have lost their last five games, and will be desperate to arrest the slide and get out of the bottom two when they host Whitley Hall; whilst Hallam, in bottom place and seeking their first win, travel to Treeton, who put their disastrous Bank Holiday weekend behind them with a high-scoring win at Wickersley last week. In mid-table, there are four points between Elsecar and Tickhill, who meet at the Al-Murad; and just two between Cawthorne and Doncaster, who meet at Dark Lane.
In the Championship, second-placed Cleethorpes have a tricky game at home to Sheffield Collegiate 2nds in fourth; whilst leaders Houghton Main will be confident at home to newcomers Warmsworth in joint eighth. Third-placed Whiston, who lost heavily at Aston Hall last week, will hope to get their promotion bid back on track at home to Wath, who are third from bottom; whilst Aston Hall will be hoping to build on two consecutive wins when they play bottom club Oughtibridge at home. Rockingham Colliery have won two out of their last three, and will hope to maintain their improved form at home to second-bottom Conisbrough. Elsewhere, Sprotborough will be looking to consolidate their place in the top half when they travel to play Barnsley Woolley Miners 2nds at Shaw Lane.
Division 1 leaders Shiregreen face a tough test this weekend as they travel to fourth-placed Green Moor. The hosts thrashed Hallam 2nds last time out and an upset would mean them moving within three points of their opponents. In a thrilling day at the top, both second-placed Wakefield Thornes 2nds and third-placed Upper Haugh will be wanting a slip up as they face each other knowing the winner could be top at the end of the day’s play. New basement team Treeton 2nds were thrashed by ten wickets last week and face Hallam 2nds, hoping to bounce back. The team Treeton replaced, South Kirkby, travel to Sheffield & Phoenix United with some buoyancy after their first win last Saturday. Their opponents were second-bottom Aston Hall 2nds, who face Whitley Hall 2nds this week after the fifth-placed team were cut adrift from the title race. Elsewhere, Rotherham Town climbed to sixth last weekend as they beat Treeton, and they play Darfield trying to carry on the momentum.
Division 2 leaders Doncaster 2nds will look to bounce back from last weekend’s defeat to Elsecar, as they host second-placed Monk Bretton, who are one point behind them. Monk Bretton are also looking to bounce back from defeat against Wickersley Old Village 2nds, and to jump to the top of the table. Third-placed Wickersley play away to Thorpe Hesley & High Green as they look to make up ground on the top two teams. Norton Oakes have a great chance to add to their first win last weekend as they play bottom of the table Frechville Community, whilst Norton Woodseats, who also won their first game last weekend, play at home to Worsbrough Bridge. Coal Aston play Elsecar 2nds at home, which should be an intriguing fixture, and Sheffield Collegiate 3rds play at home to Thorncliffe.
Caribbean Sports asserted their dominance at the top of the Division 3 last weekend as they beat Kexborough with relative ease. They play tenth-placed Rockingham Colliery who narrowly lost to Oughtibridge last time out. Kexborough are not out of the promotion race and will want to bounce back as they play bottom side Maltby Miners Welfare. Game of the day could come at Oughtibridge as the fifth-placed team play host to third-placed Penistone. The visitors humbled Barnsley Woolley Miners 3rds last time out, who themselves face another test against Sprotbrough, who sit seven points behind Caribbean Sports in second. In the other games, Silkstone United face second-bottom Tickhill 2nds and eighth plays ninth as Wath 2nds host Whiston Parish Church 2nds, after both teams secured welcome wins last weekend.
Bradfield Village Fellowship look to build on their lead at the top of the Division 4 this weekend when they host third-placed Parkhead. Hampole & Skelbrooke look to gain their first win of the campaign as they travel to Hallam 3rds. Mexborough face the tricky visit of Higham, whilst Shiregreen look to bounce back against last week’s impressive Cawthorne 2nds. Millhouses Works look to build on an impressive victory as they are on the road to Barnsley Woolley Miners 4ths and Fishlake have a week off.
It is second against third at the top of Division 5, as Norton Oakes 2nds play host to Upper Haugh 2nds, looking to bounce back from defeat last time out. The defeat was to the new leaders, Thorpe Hesley & High Green 2nds who travel to second-bottom Penistone 2nds knowing one of the teams below them will drop points. Both Penistone and bottom side Kilnhurst Colliery did not play last weekend due to Covid and need points to climb up the league. The basement side play Handsworth, whose impressive chase against Darfield 2nds last weekend saw them pull away from the bottom and into seventh. Darfield moved down to sixth with that loss and face Rotherham Town 2nds who, incidentally, overtook them as they climbed a place above their opponents. In fourth, Whiston Forge are just six points off the top with a game against eighth-placed Coal Aston 2nds ahead of them. Finally, ninth travel to tenth as Conisbrough 2nds and Bradfield Village Fellowship 2nds hope to put last weekend’s defeats behind them.
Top play third in Division 6 this weekend, as Doncaster 3rds play Wickersley Old Village 3rds. 19 points separate the two sides, meaning a win would be very important for the either side in the fight for promotion. Second-placed Wombwell Main are back in action this weekend and are at home to early strugglers Sheffield United 2nds. Brookhouse look to add to their one victory this season as they play Handsworth Junior Sporting Club 2nds. Bottom side Wentworth need the win this weekend to catch up from the bottom of the table as they play Caribbean Sports 2nd who are looking to get back on the winning roll. Millhouses Works 2nds travel to Thorncliffe on the back of a brilliant victory last weekend.
Sprotbrough 3rds stayed top of Division 7 last week with a resounding victory over Higham 2nds. They travel to Warmsworth 2nds this week, who themselves languish in twelfth despite a win last time out. Second-placed Whitley Hall 3rds are level on points with Sprotbrough and play host to Houghton Main 2nds, knowing any slip-ups could be costly as they look to keep up the pressure. At the bottom, basement side Wath 3rds were comfortably beaten by Scholes last week and play Higham 2nds still searching for a win. Scholes play fellow-stugglers Dearne and both teams will want a victory to climb up the league. In third, Frecheville 2nds lie nine points behind the top two and face a tough test away at Silkstone United 2nds. Doncaster Town 4ths can move above them with a slip up if they overcome Fishlake 2nds. Finally, in-form Harley travel to the out-of-form Worsbrough Bridge 2nds, hoping for a third win in a row.
Monk Bretton 2nds look to extend their lead at the top of Division 8 as they play host to Whiston Forge 2nds. With second-placed side Upper Haugh 3rds without a game this weekend, it gives the leaders a great opportunity. Brodsworth Main 3rds, who are still looking for their first points, travel to Kexborough 2nds, and Rockingham Colliery 4ths are back in action at home to Brookhouse 2nds. Rockingham Colliery 3rds play Mexborough 2nds at home. At the bottom end of the table, Sheffield United 3rds and Wombwell Main 2nds fight it out at Brinsworth.
With thanks to Sam Chadwick & Tom Pratt
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