Preview of matches on 24 July
Posted on 23rd July 2021 at 08:16
The big game in the Premier Division on Saturday sees leaders Appleby Frodingham host second-placed Treeton. As the corresponding round of fixtures in May was completely washed out, this will be the only league meeting between the two this season. Frodingham have now won ten on the trot, and another win could extend their lead to 40 points; whilst Treeton really need the win to maintain an outside chance of catching the Steelmen. Sheffield Collegiate, two points behind Treeton in third, go to Whitley Hall, who have now lost three on the trot; whilst fourth-placed Barnsley, six points behind the Abbeydale side, are away at next-to-bottom Hallam; for whom a win would reignite their hopes of pulling off another great escape. Two out-of-form sides, Cawthorne and Wakefield Thornes, face each other at Dark Lane – Thornes’ run of five successive defeats being their worst since back in their old Central Yorkshire League days. Elsewhere, neighbours Doncaster and Tickhill have both shown improved form in recent weeks, and meet in a mid-table battle at Town Fields; whilst bottom club Wickersley, whose run of defeats stretches back to 15 May, face Elsecar, who have now won six of their last eight.
Championship Division leaders Cleethorpes will hope to strengthen their position at Oughtibridge, but for the first time this season, the bottom club go into the game on the back of two straight wins. Whiston PC, in second place, looking to put last week’s disappointment at Houghton Main behind them, face another tough game – against joint-third Sheffield Collegiate 2nds at Abbeydale. Houghton Main themselves will want to build on that win and move up a place when they visit Aston Hall, whose form has faltered since their four-match winning run came to an end in late June. Two sides who have shown much-improved form over recent weeks, Wath and Conisbrough, meet at Moor Road; whilst Rockingham will hope to build on last week’s win over Collegiate 2nds when they make the short trip to Shaw Lane to play next-to-bottom Barnsley 2nds. Sprotbrough and Warmsworth, six points apart in ninth and tenth respectively, have both struggled to put together a consistent run of results, and they meet at Melton Road with a previous nine points at stake to pull them away from the relegation zone.
Green Moor returned to the top of Division 1 last weekend, as Shiregreen were well below their best at South Kirkby. There is no let up for the second-placed side this weekend, either, as they host third-placed side Rotherham Town who are in blistering form and hot on their tails. The league leaders have a tough fixture as well, as Whitley Hall 2nds come to visit off the back of a hammering of Hallam 2nds. At the bottom of the table, Treeton 2nds gained a crucial win on Saturday and come up against mid-table South Kirkby fresh from their impressive win. Treeton’s victory came at home to Wakefield Thornes 2nds, who have been all at sea in recent matches, and they host tenth-placed side Aston Hall 2nds, who have fared little better. Also near the bottom of the league, both Upper Haugh and Hallam were on the end of rather harrowing defeats last Saturday, they play Sheffield United and Darfield respectively.
Relegation-threatened Frecheville Community face the tough prospect of playing Division 2 leaders Doncaster Town 2nds, who have only lost once this season. The battle for promotion is really heating up and everythning could change as Sheffield Collegiate 3rds travel to Elsecar 2nds; Coal Aston host Thorpe Hesley & High Green; and Monk Bretton travel away to mid-table Worsbrough Bridge. Both Norton sides will look for wins to help in their survival. Oakes host Wickersley Old Village 2nds and Woodseats travel to The Crucible Oval to play Thorncliffe.
Disappointingly, the fixture at the top of Division 3 between Caribbean Sports and Sprotbrough 2nds has been cancelled. Below them, in third, Penistone will be looking for another win in pursuit of the top as they travel to Rockingham Colliery 2nds, who sit second-bottom. Rockingham are sandwiched by Silkstone United and Maltby Miners Welfare whose potentially crucial game is also cancelled due to Covid. Elsewhere, there is an intriguing match-up between Kexborough and Wath 2nds, who sit fourth and fifth respectively and, below them, sixth and seventh-placed Tickhill 2nds and Oughtibridge 2nds go head-to-head. Both Whiston Parish Church 2nds and Barnsley Woolley Miners 3rds won on Saturday and the game between the eighth and ninth-placed sides completes a set of fixtures that could see a lot of changes in mid-table.
Division 4 leaders Parkhead face an inconsistent fifth-placed Cawthorne 2nds side in a game that could see the hosts shocked. Three teams have only won once this season include Barnsley Woolley Miners 4ths, who taking on Bradfield Village 4ths; and Mexborough, who travel to Fishlake, who themselves are in the bottom half of the table. Higham will look to build on last week’s fine win over Cawthorne, that arrested an earlier slump, when they face Shiregreen; whilst a team searching for form is Millhouses Works who host Hallam 3rds.
Upper Haugh 2nds remain at the top of Division 5 after an excellent run of form. They face a Handsworth side whose game was cancelled last Saturday. The league leaders last week comprehensively beat a Thorpe Hesley & High Green 2nds team that has struggled in recent games and now sit seventh in the table, having been near the top not long ago Their latest test will come at home to ninth-placed Darfield 2nds. Contrastingly, Kilnhurst Colliery have shot up the league into third, but their form will be tested against Rotherham Town 2nds who sit just a place below them. Kilnhurst’s last win came against former league leaders Whiston Forge, who will be hoping for a return to form as they visit tenth-placed Penistone 2nds. At the bottom, Bradfield Village Fellowship 2nds are in danger of being cut adrift, and they host Coal Aston 2nds who have been in decent form as late. Above Bradfield sit Conisbrough 2nds, who play at home to eighth-placed side Norton Oakes 2nds.
Defeat for Wentworth in Division 6 this weekend would put make their task of avoiding relegation even more difficult, and things do not get easier, as they face Wombwell Main who sit in second. Leaders Doncaster 3rds host Millhouses Works 2nds, who are struggling in the relegation zone. The fight for safety is getting tight now with several teams in danger. Within that mix Sheffield United 2nds host Green Sport Moors 2nds, Wickersley Old Village 2nds play Thorncliffe, and Brookhouse host Caribbean Sports 2nds.
Division 7 table-toppers Whitley Hall 3rds missed out on action on Saturday, allowing Sprotbrough 3rds to play a little bit of catch-up in second. The leaders’ latest fixture comes at home to an in-from Higham 2nds side, whereas Sprotbrough face an easier test, on paper at least, as they host ninth-placed Fishlake 2nds. There is a sizeable gap from second to third-placed side Frecheville Community 2nds, whose latest game comes against basement team Wath 3rds, with still only one win all season. Above the bottom side, there is an intriguing game as thirteenth-placed Houghton Main 2nds welcome twelfth-placed Scholes, with both sides desperate for the win. This game will have Silkstone United 2nds looking over their shoulders as they sit in eleventh, and they travel to Warmsworth 2nds, who convincingly beat Scholes last time out. Wrapping up the weekend’s fixtures, perhaps the form team of the division, Harley, play host to eighth-placed side Doncaster Town 4ths. Dearne v Worsbrough Bridge 2nds is cancelled due to Covid.
This week sees top play third in Division 8, as Monk Bretton 2nds host Rockingham Colliery 3rds. The Colliery 4th XI travel to fourth placed Upper Haugh 2nds and Brodsworth Main who sit at the bottom on minus three play Brookhouse 2nds. Second-placed Mexborough 2nds host Wombwell Main 2nds, which could play out to be the fixture of the weekend in the division. Elsewhere, Adwick-Le-Street 2nds entertain Sheffield United 3rds at Adwick Park and Guilthwaite Hill hosts Whiston Forge 2nds and Kexborough 2nds.
With thanks to Sam Chadwick & Tom Pratt
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