Preview of matches on 26 June
Posted on 25th June 2021 at 08:38
The big game in the Premier Division on Saturday will be at Washfield Lane, where third-placed Treeton will host second-placed Sheffield Collegiate. Both sides won last week, and will want to ensure that they at least keep in touch with leaders Appleby Frodingham. The Steelmen are at home to Doncaster Town, who did not get off to a great start in 2021, but have now won two of their last three. Wakefield Thornes, in fourth, will want to get back to winning ways, but it will not be easy against Elsecar, who ran Collegiate almighty close last week and had won three of their previous four games. Similarly, fifth-placed Barnsley Woolley Miners will want to get back on the winning trail after losing to Treeton last week, and they visit Wickersley, who have now lost seven in a row. Encouraged by last week’s win over Cawthorne, Hallam visit inconsistent Whitley Hall; whilst Cawthorne and Tickhill, who sit two points apart in ninth and tenth respectively, meet at Dark Lane.
In the Championship, Cleethorpes, who took over at the top after beating Houghton Main last Saturday, will need to be at their best again when they travel to Whiston, in joint second place. Houghton Main will be wanting to return to winning ways, but can expect a tough challenge at Rockingham, who are looking for a fourth successive win. Aston Hall, in good form in fourth, with four wins in a row under their belts, will feel confient when they welcome Conisbrough, who have won just once all season, to Green Lane. Sprotbrough have been inconsistent but are due for a win and may fancy their chances at home to Collegiate 2nds; Wath gained a welcome win last week and will hope to build on it when they visit bottom club Oughtibridhge; whilst Barnsley 2nds and Warmsworth, who meet at Shaw Lane, have both lost their last four and need the win to avoid falling into a relegation battle.
In Division 1, Green Moor were the stars of the show once again last week as they battered top side Wakefield Thornes 2nds on the weekend. The result meant Shiregreen climbed back to the summit with Green Moor now just four points away from them. The third-placed team, on paper, face a much easier test this week as they host seventh-placed South Kirkby, although the away side come into the clash after a big win against Hallam 2nds. Shiregreen will be hoping to keep hold of top spot as they come against Treeton 2nds who sit at the bottom of the league and below them Wakefield Thornes will want an instant bounce back as they travel to Darfield. In fourth, Upper Haugh ensured that Treeton stayed bottom with a win last time out and they face second-bottom Aston Hall 2nds this time around looking to keep up the pace on those above them. In tenth, Sheffield United are woefully out of form after their fourth loss in a row to Aston Hall left them just a point above their conquerors. It does not get much easier for them as they travel to fifth-placed side Whitley Hall 2nds. United, however will take solace in the fact that their opponents were thrashed by Rotherham Town last week who, themselves, face Hallam 2nds having won three of their last four.
Division 2 league leaders Doncaster 2nds look to continue their winning ways this weekend when they host Thorpe Hesley & High Green, who look to bounce back from their 59-run defeat last week to Sheffield Collegiate 3rds. Third-placed Collegiate will look to make it five wins on the bounce when they travel to Norton Woodseats, who have been fine form in winning last two of their last three league games after struggling earlier on. Second-placed Monk Bretton, who have had mixed fortunes of late, travel to Coal Aston who are breathing down the necks of the top teams in fourth. The Hobson Bowl hosts Frecheville v Wickersley Old Village 2nds, with six points separating the two sides in middle table. There is a relegation battle at the Al-Murad stadium as third-bottom Elsecar 2nds play bottom of the table Worsbrough Bridge. The Crucible Oval plays host to Thorncliffe and Norton Oakes with both sides looking to add to last weekend’s victories.
There was an unsurprising victory for the all-conquering Carribbean Sports in Division 3 last weekend as they stayed seven points clear at the top. They face a Penistone side who lost to second-placed Sprotbrough 2nds and now sit in fourth having been over-taken by Kexborough. Sprotbrough, themselves, take on an in-form Oughtibridge 2nds who sit in sixth after another win on the weekend, while Kexborough play second-bottom Rockingham Colliery 2nds, who are hoping to avoid four straight losses. At the foot of the table, Maltby Miners Welfare are hoping not to suffer the same fate as they travel to Wath 2nds, who are looking for their fourth win in a row. In tenth, Whiston Parish Church 2nds will be hoping to climb away from danger as they play eighth-placed Silkstone United; both teams suffered losses to teams in the top three last time out. One team who have managed to climb the league in recent weeks are Tickhill 2nds, with two wins on the bounce, and they host Barnsley Woolley Miners 3rds, another side looking to avoid four defeats in succession.
Higham face a tough task this weekend when they travel to play Sheffield Collegiate 4ths in Division 4, but are the form team after winning their last four games. Millhouses Works are a team who have had mixed fortunes but a win at home to Fishlake would really get their season going. Bradfield Village Fellowship need just one point to overtake Parkhead, who are without a game this weekend, and they play Hallam 3rds who have won their last two games. The two teams who Hallam have beaten in the previous weeks, Shiregreen 2nds and Hampole & Skelbrooke, face each other this weekend. Strugglers Barnsley Woolley Miners 4ths play at home to Cawthorne 2nds, who have won four of their last five games.
It was ‘all change’ at the top of Division 5 as Thorpe Hesley & High Green were knocked off their perch after a loss to Rotherham Town last week. The new leaders, Whiston Forge travel to fifth-placed Norton Oakes 2nds in what is a tough test to see if they can stay top of the tree. Rotherham moved up to third with their victory as Upper Haugh 2nds suffered a rare defeat, they face bottom side Bradfield Village Fellowship this time around to keep on climbing. A point ahead of them, Thorpe Hesley & High Green, on paper, face a much tougher test as they host sixth-placed Handsworth, who thrashed Conisbrough 2nds last week. Conisbrough, themselves will want a much-improved result as they host Coal Aston 2nds, who lie second-bottom. Penistone got a massive win last weekend as they moved off the bottom at the expense of their opponents, Bradfield, and will go into their home game against Upper Haugh much more buoyed than their visitors. Upper Haugh’s loss last week came at the hands of Kilnhurst Colliery, who made it two wins on the bounce. They host Darfield who have lost three in a row in recent weeks as seventh play eighth in the middle of the table.
In what could be a shock in Division 6, Caribbean Sports 2nds, who have shown quality this season, travel to leaders Doncaster. Wentworth still go searching for that first win when they host Millhouses Works 2nds, who have only won one in their last five. Second-placed Wombwell will look for a Doncaster slip up and to pull off an important win at home to third-placed Green Moor. Fourth-placed Wickerlsey Old Village 3rds are at home to relegation-threatened Brookhouse. Thorncliffe 2nds will look to add to their good run of form away at Handsworth 2nds.
It's set up for one of the games of the season in Division 7 as leaders Whitley Hall 3rds face off against second-placed Frecheville Community 2nds. Nine points separate the teams with Frecheville having a game in hand, so it is clearly a huge game for both teams. Not only do first play second, but third host fourth as well, as Sprotbrough 3rds, level on points with Frecheville, welcome Harley. Harley come into the game nine points behind their hosts but with four wins on the bounce and a gap to narrow to the top three. Down at the bottom, Wath 3rds were demolished by the league leaders last weekend after a positive result previously meaning they stay glued to the bottom. They, however, face Warmsworth 2nds who languish in eleventh in what they will see as a must-win game if they want any chance of climbing the league. Worsbrough Bridge sit second-bottom having lost their last four and will want to climb away from trouble as they host fifth-placed Doncaster Town 4ths, who have fallen away at the top of the league. Houghton Main 2nds will be thinking in a similar way as they sit in twelfth, they face a stern test at home to an in form Dearne side. Elsewhere, Scholes and Higham 2nds face off after they both picked up valuable wins last weekend, whereas Fishlake 2nds and Silkstone United 2nds go head-to-head looking to pick themselves up from losses.
Clear Division 8 leaders Monk Bretton 2nds play at home to Wombwell Main 2nds, as they look to add to their previous four victories in a row. Second placed Upper Haugh 3rds go in the hunt of closing the gap when they travel to Rockingham Colliery 4ths. The Colliery 3rds are at home to Kexborough 2nds as they look to jump into second by recording a fourth win in a row. Tenth-placed Whiston Forge 2nds are at home to bottom side Brodsworth Main 3rds; whilst another struggling side, Adwick-Le-Street 2nds, play fourth-placed Mexborough Athletic 2nds at home. Mid-table side Eden Grove Parklands 2nds travel to Brookhouse 2nds.
With thanks to Sam Chadwick & Tom Pratt
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