Preview of matches on 17 July
Posted on 16th July 2021 at 17:06
Premier Division leaders Appleby Frodingham make the trip to Field Lane to play the one side in the league that has beaten them this season, way back on 1 May. Wakefield Thornes’ fortunes have declined since then though, as they have lost their last four league games. Second-placed Treeton take their six-match winning run to sixth-placed Elsecar, who themselves have won five of their last seven games, and an intriguing contest is on the cards. Sheffield Collegiate, in third, who have not been as consistent as they would have liked recently, are at home to Cawthorne, who have lost their last four. Fourth-placed Barnsley Woolley Miners are seeking a double at home to Whitley Hall, who have lost four of their last six; whilst Doncaster, just below half-way, have improved recently, and will fancy themselves at Crimicar against next-to-bottom Hallam. That just leaves mid-table Tickhill’s home game against bottom club Wickersley. Wickersley have not won since 1 May, but they will sooner or later – could this be the week?
In the Championship, leaders Cleethorpes host lowly Barnsley 2nds, who have only won twice all season – but both times against top four sides. One of those was against Cleethorpes, so the home side will have the extra motivation of setting the record straight as they seek to strengthen their place at the top. The big game in the division though, is at Middlecliffe Lane, where Houghton Main look to bounce back from their shock defeat against Barnsley 2nds last week, redress the balance after losing the game at Church Fields on 1 May, and revitalise their promotion bid. But Whiston have won their last four, and with a lot at stake, a hard-fought game is expected. Third-placed Collegiate 2nds are at Rockingham, who have lost their last three; whilst Aston Hall, who lost a thriller against Cleethorpes last week, can stay in touch with the leading group with a win at next-to-bottom Warmsworth. Wath and Sprotbrough are two points apart in mid-table; Wath won the first game quite easily, but both sides are inconsistent, and anything can happen. Finally, bottom club Oughtibridge, fresh from the encouragement of beating Sprotbrough last week, visit Conisbrough, who, after a poor start, have now won their last three.
There was only one abandonment in Division 1 last weekend, but it was an important one as it saw Green Moor slip from the top of the table. Their successors were Shiregreen, who regained top spot after a win at home to Aston Hall 2nds. Aston Hall take on Green Moor this time around, in what will prove to be another tough game for the tenth-placed team. Shiregreen are away at South Kirkby, who are buoyant after their win at out-of-form Wakefield Thornes 2nds lifted them to eighth. Wakefield Thornes themselves take on bottom side Treeton 2nds, hoping to end a poor run of form which has taken them out of the running at the top. Above Wakefield Thornes sit third-placed Rotherham Town, who were the other victims of the abandonment; they face a tough game at home to Upper Haugh who sit in fifth. In mid-table, Hallam 2nds got a much-needed win last weekend but they face Whitley Hall 2nds, who conquered Upper Haugh. Hallam’s win was against strugglers Sheffield United, who are second bottom, and they play Darfield, who thumped Treeton in their previous fixture.
In Division 2, leaders Doncaster Town 2nds will be favourites to maintain the 13-point gap to second-placed Monk Bretton when they play mid-table Thorncliffe at home. Monk Bretton have what looks on paper a fairly straightforward task at home to bottom club Elsecar 2nds. Third-placed Sheffield Collegiate 3rds will want to put last week’s defeat against Coal Aston behind them, and they are at home to Frecheville, who need the points to avoid dropping into the bottom two. Coal Aston and Wickersley 2nds are in 4th and 5th respectively; both had good wins last week, and they meet at Northfield Road.
Covid heavily affected the fixture list in Division 3 last weekend, as Caribbean Sports returned to their perch at the top of the league. Below them, second-placed side Sprotbrough 2nds slipped from top spot as they lost to Wath 2nds; they have a tough game on paper against Kexborough, who sit in fourth. Caribbean, meanwhile, will prove very challenging opponents for bottom side Maltby Miners Welfare. The basement team lost to the in-form Tickhill 2nds last week who, themselves, play against third-placed Penistone. Oughtibridge 2nds were on the wrong end of Caribbean Sports’ return to the top, and they are at home to Wath 2nds, who will want to back up their impressive win last week. Nearer towards the bottom, four strugglers face off with tenth-placed Barnsley Woolley Miners 3rds at home to eighth-placed Silkstone United and ninth-placed Whiston Parish Church 2nds playing host to eleventh-placed Rockingham Colliery 2nds.
The top game in Division 4 is at Parkhead, where the in-form home side host third-placed Higham. Unfortunately for second-placed Bradfield, their game against mid-table Fishlake is cancelled for Covid reasons. At Dark Lane, fifth-placed Cawthorne 2nds host Millhouses Works, two places below them, hoping to get back to winning ways after last week’s defeat to Higham. Shiregreen 2nds, in sixth, are at home to lowly Mexborough Athletic in the only other game in the division.
There was a change at the top of Division 5 on Saturday with new leaders in Upper Haugh 2nds, who face a stern test this time around as they go up against third-placed Thorpe Hesley & High Green 2nds. They climbed to the top because of Whiston Forge’s surprise loss to bottom side Conisbrough 2nds. It gets no easier for second-placed Forge, as they are at home to Kilnhurst Colliery, who climbed to fourth last weekend. Penistone 2nds were affected by weather on Saturday, and this time they play buoyant Coal Aston 2nds. Elsewhere, mid-table sides Norton Oakes 2nds and Rotherham Town 2nds, who were both well beaten last weekend, meet at Oakes Park. Darfield 2nds v Conisbrough 2nds and Handsworth v Bradfield Village Fellowship 2nds are cancelled due to Covid.
In Division 6, there should be a good game at Green Moor, where the home side, currently in fourth place, host leaders Doncaster Town 3rds. Wombwell Main are in second place and enjoying a good season; they will travel with confidence to mid-table Thorncliffe 2nds. Third-placed Handsworth 2nds travel to play Millhouses Works 2nds, who need the points to keep above the relegation zone; whilst fifth and sixth meet in what looks an interesting game at Ecclesfield between Caribbeann Sports 2nds and Wickersley 3rds. In the lower reaches, Brookhouse will hope that their better recent form will continue against next-to-bottom Sheffield United 2nds.
Whitley Hall 3rds, who remain top of Division 7 after a convincing win over Silkstone United 2nds, are out of action as their clash with Fishlake 2nds is cancelled due to Covid. Sprotbrough 3rds remain in second after winning last week, and travel to Doncaster Town 4ths, who had their game cancelled without a ball bowled. Bottom side Wath 3rds have a stern test ahead of them as they play host to in-form Harley. Above Wath, four other sides near the bottom of the table meet, with twelfth-placed Scholes at home to eighth-placed Warmsworth 2nds, and Silkstone United 2nds welcoming Worsbrough Bridge 2nds, who sit in eleventh. Second-bottom side Houghton Main 2nds have it much tougher on paper though, as they pay a visit to third-placed Frecheville Community 2nds. Fifth and sixth-placed Higham 2nds and Dearne both won last time out and face each other in what could be an entertaining game.
Runaway Division 8 leaders Monk Bretton sit this week out, and second-placed Mexborough Athletic 2nds will hope to make up some ground when they play their ‘away’ game against Rockingham 4ths at the Athletic Club. Rockingham Colliery 3rds, in third place, look to have a good chance of doing likewise when they play bottom club Brodsworth at home; whilst fourth-placed Upper Haugh will also seek to improve their points average against Eden Grove Parklands. Wombwell Main 2nds are in a solid mid-table position, that they will hope to strengthen further at home to lowly Whiston Forge 2nds.
With thanks to Sam Chadwick
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