Preview of matches on 5 June
Posted on 4th June 2021 at 20:59
The game of the day in the Premier Division will be at Baxter Field, where second-placed Wakefield Thornes take on a Whitley Hall side buoyed by two wins over the Bank Holiday weekend. Leaders Appleby Frodingham are at home to Cawthorne, who will be hoping to bounce back from their defeat at Tickhill on Monday. Third-placed Sheffield Collegiate, after their excellent Bank Holiday weekend, travel to bottom club Hallam, who will be desperate to get off the mark against their near neighbours. Elsecar were another club who enjoyed a very successful Bank Holiday weekend, and they will travel to Doncaster with renewed confidence. Elsewhere, Barnsley are at home to Tickhill and Treeton, who had a difficult Bank Holiday weekend, will travel to face a Wickersley side who will be anxious to end a four-match losIng run.
In the Championship Division, unbeaten joint leaders Whiston will travel the short distance to Aston Hall with confidence. The home side’s campaign has not started as they will have wished, but after a convincing win over Barnsley last Saturday, a win over Whiston would put them right back on track. Houghton Main face a tricky trip to Sprotbrough; whilst the third of the three leading sides, Cleethorpes, make the journey to Wath, who are better than one win from five completed games would suggest. Elsewhere, Sheffield Collegiate will hope to keep the pressure on the leaders when they host Barnsley in the battle of the second XIs, whilst four of the bottom five sides play each other, and will be looking for wins to avoid being sucked into a relegation battle – Warmsworth are at Conisbrough and Oughtibridge host Rockingham.
There is a bottom-of-the-table clash at the basement of Division 1, with twelfth-placed team South Kirkby hoping to get one up on eleventh-placed Aston Hall 2nds. A win would be their first and would see them climb above their opponents. Another team keen for a win will be fourth-placed Whitley Hall 2nds as they travel to Wakefield Thornes 2nds knowing a win will take them above their hosts into second. Wakefield Thornes, meanwhile, will be hoping that Shiregreen slip-up against mid-table Sheffield United as they sit a point behind the table-toppers. Upper Haugh, in third, could also go top if results go their way as they travel to tenth-placed Darfield. Elsewhere, Green Moor play Hallam 2nds and Rotherham Town travel to Treeton 2nds in two mid-table clashes. Treeton will want to move away from the bottom as they sit eight points above South Kirkby.
Division 2 leaders Doncaster Town 2nds travel to Elsecar this week with the aim of staying top. However, Monk Bretton, who are level on points at the top, face Wickersley Old Village 2nds in what could be a tricky encounter. Teams looking for their first win are Norton Oakes, at home to the third placed Thorpe Hesley & High Green, and the other winless side Norton Woodseats, who travel to Coal Aston. Worsbrough Bridge look to bounce back from being bowled for 31 last weekend as they host Sheffield Collegiate 3rds. The remaining fixture in the division sees Thorncliffe host Frechville.
In Division 3, a tantalising clash at the top could see third-placed Kexborough chase down runaway leaders Caribbean Sports. A win for Kexborough would see them move two points behind their visitors. It would also mean second-placed Sprotbrough 2nds would move top if they came out the victors as they travel to Silkstone United. Penistone lie level on points in fourth with Kexborough, knowing a good run of results over the day could see them to second, and they travel to Barnsley Woolley Miners 3rds. At the bottom of the table, Whiston Parish Church 2nds are still searching for their first win and host ninth-placed Maltby Miners Welfare. Although unlikely, with the number of abandonments in the division, a victory could put them eighth in the table. Second-bottom Wath 2nds will also be hoping to climb the division as they face eighth-placed Tickhill 2nds. Finally, Rockingham Colliery 2nds host mid-table Oughtibridge 2nds hoping for a win to lift them away from trouble.
In Division 4, winless Fishlake play at home this weekend to Barnsley Woolley Miners 4ths who themselves are struggling early on. Leaders Bradfield play third placed Sheffield Collegiate 4ths which is seen to be the main fixture of the weekend. Higham who are on the tails of Bradfield playing Hampole & Skelbrooke who are also in the hunt for their first win. Parkhead are at home to Hallam 3rdsI, whilst Shiregreen 2nds travel to Millhouses Works.
Second host first in Division 5 as Norton Oakes 2nds travel to Thorpe and Hesley High Green 2nds. There is a six-point gap between the two, so a win for the home side could put them top of the tree. Upper Haugh 2nds sit three points behind in third knowing that results elsewhere could thrust them further into the title race. They play host to sixth-placed Coal Aston 2nds. At the basement of the division, only nine points separate bottom from sixth. Eleventh play twelfth on what is an important weekend at both ends; Kilnhurst Colliery are three points adrift at the bottom and travel to Penistone 2nds hoping to close that gap. The bottom side have a game in hand on most of the division and win on Saturday could really help lift them out of trouble. In the other games, third-bottom Handsworth JSC face a tough game at home to Darfield 2nds, who sit in fourth. Seventh plays ninth as Rotherham Town 2nds host Conisbrough 2nds,with both teams knowing a win would lift them out of trouble. Bradfield 2nds are in a similar position as they play fifth-placed Whiston Forge on their home turf.
Doncaster have the chance to fly away in the top spot in Division 6 with their game in hand this weekend; however it will not be straightforward as they play third placed Handsworth Junior Sporting Club 2nds. Wentworth look to get their first win to play catch up as they travel to Wickersley Old Village 3rds who are fighting at the other end of the table. Sheffield United 2nds are another looking to push up to the top sides and they play at home to Millhouses Works 2nds. Caribbean Sports 2nds look to bounce from their impressive first victory of the season as they play Green Moor Sports Club 2nds. The other fixture in the league sees Brookhouse play Thorncliffe 2nds.
Sprotbrough 3rds lead Division 7 by five points going into the weekend and face eight-placed Higham 2nds hoping to keep that gap. Whitley Hall 3rds, sitting in second, will be hoping for a slip up as they travel to Dearne who languish in eleventh. The game of the weekend could come at The Hobson Bowl as Frecheville Community 2nds play Doncaster Town 4ths. The two teams sit in fourth and third respectively with Frecheville sitting four points behind their visitors. Doncaster, meanwhile, could go level on points with top, but only if the top two don’t accrue any points. At the bottom of the table, Wath 3rds, who still await their first win as they sit on just six points, play at home to twelfth-placed Scholes, hoping to close the gap. Elsewhere, ninth travel to tenth, as Fishlake 2nds play Harley, and fifth play sixth, as Houghton Main 2nds are at home to Silkstone United 2nds. Lastly, Warmsworth 2nds will be looking to pull away from second bottom with a win over Worsbrough Bridge 2nds who, themselves, will be wanting to thrust out of mid-table.
Clear Division 8 leaders Monk Bretton 2nds look to maintain their lead in the division as they travel to Brodsworth Main 3rds, who haven’t picked up a point this season. Upper Haugh will look for the win to breathe down their necks as they are at home to Rockingham Colliery 3rds. Rockingham 4ths have a bye week. Whiston Forge look to get their first win at home to Sheffield United 3rds. Mexborough 2nds sit well in third place but face the tricky prospect of Kexborough 2nds. Adwick-Le-Street 2nds play Brookhouse 2nds, in which both sides are looking for a win to push up the table for different reasons. Middle table sides Wombwell Main 2nds and Eden Grove Parklands 2nds also face up this weekend.
With thanks to Sam Chadwick & Tom Pratt
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