As we reach the halfway point in the season, there is a very interesting-looking game at the top of the Premier Division on Saturday, whereby in-form leaders Appleby Frodingham will visit mid-table Whitley Hall. The home side have had an inconsistent first half to their season, but they have some dangerous players and, on their day, are a match for anyone. 18 points behind the Steelmen, we have Wakefield Thornes in second; two points ahead of third-placed Sheffield Collegiate; a further two points behind them are Barnsley Woolley Miners; with fifth-placed Treeton just four points behind the Griffins. All four will be looking for wins to take advantage of any slip-up by the leaders. Thornes make the trip to Tickhill in tenth; Collegiate are at home to mid-table Elsecar, who have won three of their last four; whilst Barnsley and Treeton meet in a key game at Shaw Lane. Elsewhere, bottom side Hallam are at home to Cawthorne in tenth, and will need to get rid of top run-scorer Taruwar Kohli cheaply if they are to have any chance of recording a first win; whilst Wickersley, one place off the bottom, have not picked up a single point in their last six games, and will be hoping for a change of fortune at Doncaster, who themselves have won only once over the same period. 
 
The outstanding game in the Championship is at Chichester Road, where the top two sides, Cleethorpes and Houghton Main, will meet. Both sides have won their last four games and are separated by only two points at the top. The winners will put themselves in a strong position for the second half of the season, whilst the losers will be liable to be overtaken by Whiston, if the latter win at lowly Conisbrough. Aston Hall in fourth have won their last three, and will be aiming to keep their promotion hopes very much alive with a win at mid-table Sprotbrough, who have been inconsistent so far; whilst fifth-placed Sheffield Collegiate seconds will aim to bounce back from last week’s defeat at Cleethorpes with a win away to bottom club Oughtibridge. Rockingham Colliery have won three of their last four, and will hope to maintain that improved form with a win at Warmsworth in ninth; whilst Wath, in tenth place with only one win this season, will have a decent chance of victory at home to Barnsley 2nds, who have faded after a bright start to the season. 
 
There is a new leader going into the weekend in Division 1, as Shiregreen were replaced by Wakefield Thornes last Saturday. Shiregreen were beaten by third-placed Green Moor but will have hopes of returning to the top this weekend as they face eighth-placed Darfield who, themselves, won last time out. Shiregreen’s hopes, ironically, rest on Green Moor, as they play top-of-the-league once again this weekend, travelling to Wakefield Thornes looking for another upset. There is a huge game for Aston Hall 2nds, as they slumped to the bottom of the table last weekend – they take on Sheffield United, who lie in tenth, at Green Lane. The team Aston Hall replaced, Treeton 2nds, face a much sterner test as they play host to fifth-placed Upper Haugh. Elsewhere in the division, Whitley Hall 2nds will be looking to string some results together in fourth to catch up to the league leaders – they travel to Rotherham Town who lost to Darfield on Saturday. Elsewhere, it is ninth versus sixth as South Kirkby and Hallam 2nds meet, both off the back of wins. 
 
In Division 2, this round of fixtures sees relegation-threatened Frecheville travel to Worsbrough Bridge – a game in which a win for either side could be crucial in the fight for survival. League leaders Doncaster 2nds travel to Northfield Road to play Wickersley Old Village 2nds, looking to extend their lead at the top. Abbeydale Sports Club side Sheffield Collegiate 3rds face Thorpe Hesley & High Green at home, whilst Norton Oakes look to build on last week’s mightily impressive victory last week at home to Coal Aston. Norton Woodseats are another team who look to continue their good run of form when they make the trip to third-placed Monk Bretton. Finally, early strugglers Thorncliffe travel to face Elsecar 2nds at the Al-Murad Stadium. 
 
We have a huge game near the top of Division 3 as second-placed Sprotbrough 2nds travel to third-placed Penistone hoping to keep up the pressure on Caribbean Sports, who sit firmly and comfortably in first. Caribbean have won four on the bounce since the return of the good weather, and travel to Whiston Parish Church 2nds, who are struggling in tenth. Sitting at the bottom, Maltby Miners Welfare’s loss last week means they stayed two points adrift of eleventh, and they face Oughtibridge 2nds, who were well beaten by Penistone last time out. The basement team’s conquerors last week were Kexborough, who sit in fourth, they travel to Silkstone United with a nine-point gap to bridge between them and Penistone. Below Kexborough, Wath 2nds have put a run together to now sit in fifth having won their last two, and they travel to play Barnsley Woolley Miners 3rds. Finally, Tickhill 2nds will be looking to build on a big win last week as they face eleventh-placed Rockingham Colliery 2nds. 
 
With the early pacesetters in Division 4, Higham and Bradfield Village Fellowship, out of action this weekend, the other sides in the division will look to take advantage and close the gap. Third-placed Parkhead would fly into second if they can beat Barnsley Woolley Miners 4ths at home. Shiregreen 2nds could also climb the table into third if they beat Hallam 3rds, who themselves are in a good run of form. Millhouses Works are another team who are on song, and they play Sheffield Collegiate 4ths at home. Bottom of the table Hampole & Skelbrooke look to pick up their first victory of the season when they travel to second bottom Fishlake, who just have the one victory under their belts this season. Cawthorne 2nds and Mexborough are two teams looking to bounce back from last weekend's defeats, and they face each other. 
 
The two bottom sides face off in Division 5 this weekend, with Penistone 2nds desperate for a win as they sit five points behind their hosts, Bradfield Village Fellowship 2nds. Either team will go above Kilnhurst Colliery with a win if the latter lose their much tougher away game to second-placed Upper Haugh 2nds. A team in trouble, Coal Aston 2nds, could also see themselves at the bottom at the end of the day in a tight bottom four. They host Norton Oakes 2nds who are coming off the back of a heavy loss to Upper Haugh. Thorpe Hesley & High Green, the league leaders, play host to fourth-placed Rotherham Town 2nds hoping to uphold their three-point lead at the top. In third, Whiston Forge sit just six points off top and travel to an out-of-form Darfield 2nds ,who have lost their last two games. In mid-table, Handsworth JSC were hammered by strugglers Kilnhurst Colliery on Saturday and play Conisbrough 2nds away, searching for a win to keep them away from trouble. 
 
Doncaster 3rds look to get back into winning ways in Division 6 this weekend, as they travel to Sheffield United 2nds. Wombwell Main, who are breathing down their necks in second place, are also on the road away at strugglers Brookhouse. Carbibbean Sports 2nds will be aiming for back-to-back wins, as they host Handsworth Junior Sporting Club 2nds. Wentworth travel to Green Moor 2nds in the hope of picking up their first victory, but Green Moor have chance to climb at the other end of the table. Elsewhere, Millhouses Works 2nds and Thorncliffe 2nds battling against each other at The Crucible Oval. 
 
It is Whitley Hall 3rds who sit outright leaders in Division 7 after last weekend’s fixtures. They face bottom side Wath 3rds this time around but should perhaps be weary of a team that gained their first win of the season on Saturday. Sprotbrough need an instant reply to the loss that left them nine points behind Whitley Hall, having been joint top. They travel to Houghton Main, who sit in ninth having lost heavily to the league leaders last time out. Results meant Frecheville Community 2nds moved up to second and the in-form team face strugglers Worsbrough Bridge 2nds this weekend. In fourth, Harley have won their last three games and face another team on a good run as they play host to Warmsworth 2nds at Clayfields Lane. Scholes were dispatched by Dearne in a bottom of the table clash last week, and host Silkstone United 2nds, who were also well beaten by Frecheville. Dearne themselves still languish in tenth and will be wanting another positive result when Fishlake 2nds come to visit. Elsewhere, Doncaster Town 4ths face Higham 2nds at home, Higham sitting in eleventh having lost their last four. 
 
Monk Bretton 2nds’ lead at the top of Division 8 could be extended out of immediate reach if results go their way this weekend, and they play away to Mexborough 2nds. Brodsworth Main 3rds are home to Rockingham Colliery 4ths as they go in the hunt of their first win of the season. Second bottom Sheffield United 3rds travel to play Kexborough 2nds; whilst Whiston Forge 2nds play Upper Haugh 3rds at Guilthwaite Hill. Elsewhere, Wombwell Main 2nds play Brookhouse 2nds at home. 
 
With thanks to Sam Chadwick & Tom Pratt 
 
 
 
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