Preview of matches on 3 July
Posted on 2nd July 2021 at 17:37
Premier Division leaders Appleby Frodingham go in search of a ninth consecutive win when they visit the Al-Murad Stadium to play Elsecar, whom they beat in the first match of the season. They will face a stern test, as home side have recovered from a poor start to win four out of their last six, and boast the division’s leading wicket-taker in the shape of the in-form Moin Ashraf. Second-placed Treeton, with four wins on the trot behind them, go to Tickhill hoping to complete a league double and to keep in touch in case the leaders wobble. The sides in third and fifth places, Sheffield Collegiate and Wakefield Thornes respectively, meet at Abbeydale, where Thornes will hope to arrest a run of three consecutive defeats and complete the double over a Collegiate side, who themselves have only won one of their last three. There is a local derby at Shaw Lane, where fourth-placed Barnsley Woolley Miners look to complete a double over Cawthorne, in a game that has on show the two of the division’s top overseas players in the home side’s Harpreet Singh Bhatia and Cawthorne’s Taruwar Kohli. Whitley Hall in sixth will visit Doncaster, who are joint-ninth with Cawthorne; whilst the bottom two, Hallam and Wickersley, meet at Crimicar, with already a 26-point gap between them and safety. Wickersley won the first game between the sides, but now have suffered eight defeats on the trot; whilst Hallam will hope to reproduce the form that won them their last home game.
The top game in the Championship Division is at Middlecliffe Lane, where joint-leaders Houghton Main face dangerous Sheffield Collegiate 2nds in fourth spot. Houghton won the first game between the sides and will want to build on last week’s key win over then-top side Cleethorpes. They will know that Whiston, who share top spot with them, will be strong favourites to get nine points on their trip to Warmsworth, upon whom they inflicted a heavy defeat on the opening day. Cleethorpes, now in third, two points behind the leaders, will not want any more slip-ups when they face Rockingham at home – who before last week’s defeat to Houghton, had won their last three. At the other end of the table, Barnsley and Conisbrough are in joint-tenth place, and they meet at St Peters Drive with the prize being nine precious points that will keep the winners above the relegation zone. Conisbrough have won two of their last four, but Barnsley have not won since 1st May. Oughtibridge, twenty points adrift at the bottom, visit mid-table Sprotbrough; whilst Wath, who have won their last two, will be disappointed that their home game against Aston Hall has been cancelled for Covid reasons.
Bottom side Treeton 2nds face off against the Division 1 leaders for the second weekend running, hoping to pull off the same result they achieved last time out. Their opponents this week are Green Moor, who have stormed to the top of the table in recent weeks. The team they replaced, Shiregreen, play Wakefield Thornes 2nds in a second versus third clash, with both teams having lost their last two games. Another important game comes at the bottom ,as Aston Hall 2nds host Hallam 2nds; both teams are level on 38 points but have had contrasting form coming into the fixture. Aston Hall will be riding high after winning their last two, whereas Hallam have lost their last three. Sheffield United broke their losing streak last weekend with a convincing win against Whitley Hall 2nds, but face a tough test when they travel to fifth-placed Rotherham Town, who also won with ease last week. Whitley Hall face a Darfield side who sprung a surprise on Wakefield Thornes last Saturday, winning by 120 runs against the third-placed side. Meanwhile, Upper Haugh will want to bounce back from their loss to strugglers Aston Hall with a strong result against lowly South Kirkby, who were well beaten by the league leaders last week.
It is top versus second this weekend in Division 2, as Doncaster 2nds travel to play in-form Sheffield Collegiate 3rds, with a ten-point gap separating the two sides as they head into the fixture. Third-placed Monk Bretton will hope to get back to winning ways after their tie with Coal Aston last week, when they host Frecheville at the Castle Ground. Norton Oakes host strugglers Elsecar 2nds and will look to keep up the momentum after winning their last two games. Wickersley Old Village 2nds will want to pull themselves back into contention for promotion with the visit of bottom of the table Norton Woodseats. Elsewhere, Coal Aston are on the road to Worsbrough Bridge; whilst Thorncliffe travel to Thorpe Hesley & High Green.
There was finally a change at the top of Division 3 last week as Caribbean Sports were well beaten by Penistone, to leave Sprotbrough top of the tree. The new league leaders will have a chance to put some daylight between themselves and the second-placed club as they face a double-header this weekend. They travel to bottom side Maltby Miners Welfare on Saturday; and to Oughtibridge, whom they beat at home last weekend, on Sunday. Caribbean hope to bounce back when they travel to Barnsley Woolley Miners 3rds, who are well out of form after another loss on Saturday left them languishing in tenth. In joint-third, Penistone will hope for a repeat of last weekend, but they face a tough test as Wath 2nds come to town off the back of four wins on the bounce. The other side in third place is Kexborough, who face Oughtibridge in the latter’s first game of their double-header. Two teams well out of form face each other at the bottom of the table, as Rockingham Colliery 2nds host Silkstone United; and United’s conquerors on Saturday, Whiston Parish Church 2nds, host Tickhill 2nds, who also picked up a win.
Higham look to get back into winning ways to put pressure on Division 4 leaders Bradfield Village Fellowship when they play at home to Fishlake. Bradfield travel to mid-table Shiregreen 2nds, who were surprisingly beaten by lowly Hampole & Skelbrooke last weekend. Barnsley Woolley Miners 4ths travel to Hallam 3rds, with both teams looking to bounce back from defeat last weekend. Hampole & Skelbrooke will hope to build on last week’s win and get off the foot of the table when they entertain Mexborough. Cawthorne in fifth have had some impressive performances of late and will travel to fouth-placed Sheffield Collegiate with some confidence. Millhouses Works travel to Parkhead with both sides looking for a win to revitalise their season, as they linger in mid table.
Whiston Forge, the Division 5 leaders, face third-placed Rotherham Town 2nds in a big game at the top of the table. Town were shocked by strugglers Bradfield Village Fellowship 2nds last time out and will be looking for a big reaction to try and close the 12-point gap to the top. Thorpe Hesley & High Green 2nds are sandwiched between Whiston Forge and Rotherham, and will hope not to slip up as Bradfield look for another shock result against a team with indifferent recent form. Two other sides with poor recent form face off as basement team Conisbrough 2nds look to take advantage of fifth-placed Upper Haugh 2nds’ recent struggles. Similarly, fourth-placed Norton Oakes 2nds have lost some form recently, and they face a mid-table Darfield side who broke their winless streak last time around. The team Darfield beat, Kilnhurst Colliery, face fellow-strugglers Coal Aston 2nds, in a battle to climb away from trouble at the bottom. In mid-table, Penistone play Handsworth fresh from a resounding win against Upper Haugh, whilst Handsworth will want to put behind them the disappointment of having their game at Thorpe Hesley abandoned when they were in a strong position.
Division 6 leaders Doncaster Town 3rds travel to face strugglers Brookhouse as they look to build their lead at the top. Wombwell Main are breathing down their necks, but face a tricky task at Caribbean Sports, who have had mixed fortunes this season. Bottom side Wentworth travel to Thorncliffe 2nds, whilst second-bottom Sheffield United 2nds host mid-table Wickersley Old Village 3rds. Third-placed Green Moor 2nds face fourth-placed Handsworth Junior Sporting Club which could be the division’s game of the day.
Whitley Hall 3rds have the chance to climb even further ahead at the top of Division 7 as second and third clash; both Sprotbrough 3rds and Frecheville Community 2nds lost their games and ground on the leaders last weekend, and will be desperate not to drop more points. Meanwhile, Whitley Hall will be confident travelling to strugglers Scholes. Harley are in blistering form in joint-third, after beating Sprotbrough last time out, and are at home to mid-table Dearne. At the lower end of the table, twelfth play bottom as Houghton Main 2nds travel to play Wath 3rds. Sandwiched in between them are Worsbrough Bridge 2nds who are in woeful form, having lost their last five, and they travel to eighth-placed Fishlake 2nds. In the weekend’s other games, it is fifth versus ninth as Doncaster Town 4ths host Warmsworth 2nds; whilst Higham 2nds, who have won their last two games, travel to Silkstone United 2nds, who have lost their last three.
A win for second-placed Upper Haugh 3rds away at Wombwell Main 2nds will see them pile the pressure on Division 8 leaders Monk Bretton 2nds, who travel to Kexborough 2nds. However, the home sides could create two shocks that would allow Rockingham Colliery 3rds to enter the promotion race as they play next-to-bottom Sheffield United 3rds. Mid-table Eden Grove Parklands 2nds travel to strugglers Adwick-Le-Street 2nds; whilst fourth-placed Mexborough 2nds, who have two games in hand over the leaders, play ninth-placed Whiston Forge 2nds at home.
With thanks to Sam Chadwick & Tom Pratt
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