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4 OCT - KITLOCKER CUP - Handsworth turfed out by George, while Intake put out Oaks - The two big shocks in the Kitlocker Cup came with newcomers AFC George putting out former holders Handsworth Turf and Division One leaders Intake Old Boys winning at last season's semi finalists, CBC Premier Norton Oaks A.

Chris Blythen proved to be the star of the show as Second Division AFC George proved the shock of the round as they overcame Premier Division high flyers FC Handsworth Turf in extra time. Blythen gave the home side an early lead only for Craig Cansdale to level matters with a bullet header from Harry Johnson’s free-kick. In the second half, Turf took the lead when Ollie Grady’s cross was dropped by the home goalkeeper and Danny Wilson poached home the rebound. Johnson twice went close to adding a third, but with George piling on the pressure, Turf’s former Derby County goalkeeper Liam Richardson was forced into many crucial saves. But there was nothing he could do to stop Michael Blythen levelling up matters. Then came sibling Chris’ extra time heroics to send George through despite concerted Turf pressure at the end.

Intake Old Boys sent last season’s semi finalists Norton Oaks “A” out of the competition when they came from behind to win. Danny Reet gave Norton the lead with a beautifully curling effort, and the Old Boys suffered more pain when goalkeeper Steve Booth saw red for a professional foul as Norton looked to add a second. Yet this seemed to spur on the visitors and Lee Pierpoint latched onto a through ball to poke home the leveller. With 4 minutes left, it was Intake who got the winner thanks to a wonderful solo goal by Tom Gabbitas who weaved his way through the home defence before bending the ball perfectly into the corner; leaving the keeper with no chance whatsoever.

Another former holder to be put out by a newcomer was Ecclesfield Players Lounge who suffered defeat by Penistone Church. Former Stocksbridge Park Steels midfielder Mitchell Savage was the catalyst behind Church’s win notching twice whilst Tim Council, Brad Kemp and Tom Almond also netted for Church as they made the third round. Players Lounge got on the scoresheet through Joe Knight, an own goal and an Andy Baxter penalty but Church had enough about them to surprise their First Division hosts.

Another newcomer to beat a Division One side was Devonshire at home to Loxley and Top Club at Hare & Hounds. The Devonshire came out on top thanks to a Nick Owen double. Owen gave his side the lead with a neat finish (see the first picture below) before Loxley skipper Lewis Armstrong levelled it up straight away after a goalmouth scramble. The visitors were then awarded a couple of spot kicks; the first which saw Josh Jones hit the post before Anthony Marshall scored with the second. Both Calum Macrury and Marshall hit the woodwork; and Steve Mayfield missed two glorious chances for Loxley before Owen’s second made it level, Joe Wareham proved to be the match winner for the Second Division side though, poaching the rebound home after Dan Hoyland’s shot was parried by the Loxley goalkeeper. More action below - pictures by Mick Moat.

A Rikki Davidson treble helped The Vine to a narrow home win over fellow CBC Premier side Brinsworth Whitehill. The Vine and fellow Premier Division side Brinsworth Whitehill served up an absolute treat in their Cup tie, Vine coming out on top by the odd goal in seven. Rikki Davidson gave the home side the lead after just 30 seconds before Brinsworth equalised almost immediately when Ainsley Finney was brought down and the striker picked himself up to score the spot-kick. Finney gave the visitors the lead before Mike Golland’s first Vine goal levelled matters by the interval. Davidson restored the home lead but again within a minute Brinsworth equalised through Joe McGuinness whose header went in off the unfortunate Joe France. Davidson completed his hat-trick when Pip Miskell played him through and that proved to be the game winner.

The other all-CBC Premier tie saw Redmires put ten past Bulls Head. Jon Wall scored a hat-trick as Redmires brushed aside Bulls Head comprehensively. It was 4-0 after just 30 minutes as Wall (twice), Ben Palmer, Andy Bath put the tie out of reach. Yianni Giourgio’s first of the game made it 5-0 by half-time and the goals kept on coming in the second half. Dan Bathie was the supplier for Wall to notch his treble and make it 6-0 before Giourgio made it seven with his second of the game. Mikey Taylor’s pace saw him notch numbers eight and nine before Danny Turner completed the rout and a bad day at the office for Bulls Head when he barged his way for number ten.

City Taxis also hit ten as Aaron Marshall, Scott Westney and Horton all scored doubles in a 10-0 victory over a severely depleted Civil Service “B” team but Civil Service A, after their surprise reverse last weekend, got back to winning ways with a hard fought win over a plucky Aston Swallownest. Gary Eades got them off to the perfect start after just three minutes with an unstoppable effort from a knock down by striker partner Tom Turner before adding a second; and his seventh of the season; from the spot after Stacy Sharif was sent tumbling five minutes later. Billy Evans profited from a Gavin Wills back pass that landed short but Civil battled away despite losing Sharif to two yellow cards.

Despite their recent bad form, Premier Division Southey squeaked home at Hallam. Joe Howsham gave the home side the lead with a well taken goal before Danny Clinton levelled up proceedings by half time. Miles Howarth restored Hallam’s lead before Southey fought back again. First of all, Danny Lindley set up Christian Rowe to slot the ball past the advancing goalkeeper before the winner came from the hard working Todd Guest after a throw in landed kindly in his path. Despite increased Hallam pressure, Southey saw the game out to lift their spirits after a horrendous few weeks previous.

A weakened Killamarsh Juniors missing numerous players due to injury and holiday commitments gave an excellent account of themselves against Colley Tavern but slipped to defeat by the odd goal in five. Colley took the lead when Josh Connor netted from 12 yards after Richie Whitworth’s throw in wasn’t cleared by the home defence. Chris Fowler doubled the lead with his first of the game; turning in an Aaron Ellis cross, before Chris Savage reduced the arrears for the hosts. Colley continued to create chances and Fowler’s second of the day, netting his own rebound after a saved penalty, made it 3-1. Despite Ross Taylor scoring a second home goal in the last minute, Colley managed to see the game out for a place in the next round.

Both last season’s finalists are safely through to the third round with wins against teams from the division’s below. Cup holders Oughtibridge put their bad league form behind them to go into a 3-0 lead away from home at Second Division Steelers FC. Callum Chambers, skipper James Baker and Charlie Tunnard gave them an advantage they never looked like relinquishing and Fraser Oxley’s goal was just mere consolation for the plucky home side. Stannington Village also found goals as they overcame Chapeltown RBL 7-1. Village were 5-0 up by half time thanks to goals from Alex Torr with a brace, Shaun Flynn, Adam Todd and Robin Elliott. Joe Moorhouse netted for Chapeltown; finishing well from a great Gavin Butler centre but Stannington added the gloss with two more goals from Callum Pinhorn and Todd’s second of the game.

Jordan Rymell’s fourth goal in as many games helped Woodhouse Angel to victory at Ranch. Dave Kippax gave Angel the lead before Rymell and Darryl Parkin made it 3-0 at half time before Nick Haywood and Mike Towey made it five.  Connor Brunt pulled one back for Ranch but Angel had the final say and added their sixth thanks to a sixth different scorer on the day; Chris Towey with that goal.

Wadsley Bridge Pheasant scored four times in the first half to secure their place in the next round at the expense of Cobden View. A mix up in the home defence allowed Scott Bingley to open the scoring before Lewis Fothergill scored with a fine drive to make it 2-0. Penalties converted by Fothergill and Joel Evans made it 4-0 by half time and despite being reduced to ten men; Pheasant added further gaols from Luke Beedham and Dylan Parrott. Phoenix went through at Laycock Sports expense as did Top club at Hare & Hounds expense.

DIVISION 2 - Sam puts Crookes in the Wright direction at last - In the only game in Division Two, Crookes and District got their first point of the season in a 3-3 draw. Sam Wright scored a hat-trick for the home side, but Woodhouse Juniors shared the spoils thanks to Dimitri White, Henry Bradshaw and Lee Williams. The visitors were also indebted to their goalkeeper who pulled off plenty of quality saves to prevent Crookes from scoring more.

11 OCT - SUNDAY SENIOR CUP - Norton Reet on target as five go through, but Stannington and Oughtibridge bow out - Danny Reet netted four goals as Norton Oaks A hammered Sharrow United and they are joined in Round 3 by Brinsworth Whitehill, The Vine, Handsworth Turf and Wadsley Bridge Pheasant, but Stannington lost a seven goal thriller with Fitwilliam Arms and Oughtibridge WM also crashed out.

Danny Reet proved to be the star of the show as Norton Oaks “A” turned on the style with a great win over Meadowhall Premier Division side Sharrow United. The former Sheffield Wednesdayt striker opened the scoring, when he headed home after Coel Fulton’s initial effort had struck the Sharrow crossbar. A tight game suddenly became a much more open game in the second half with Reet adding three more, one a penalty, and Fulton, Dale Kay and Nick Glossop also tallied. Sharrow scored three of their own but Reet’s finishing proved to be the difference.

Luke Beedham hit a double for Wadsley Bridge Pheasant as they remain unbeaten in all competitions this season with a comprehensive 7-0 home over FC Maltby Miners Welfare. Adam Askwith also completed a double in the romp for Pheasant. Also hitting the back of the net were Craig Mawhood and Dean Williamson; whilst hapless Maltby’s efforts were not helped scoring in their own net to make it seven.

Also continuing some excellent form are The Vine as they won 6-2 away from home at Carpenters Arms. Matt Ellis opened the scoring in only the second minute, and it became two after just five minutes when the home keeper spilled an Ellis shot and Danny Seaman tucked away the rebound. Carpenters pulled one back but Rikki Davidson restored the two goal lead by half time. Davidson added the fourth with his second of the game before the hosts again reduced the arrears. A good turn and finish saw Ellis make it 5-2 and Lee Martin’s first goal for the club saw Vine home by 6-2.

Another side through to the next round are Brinsworth Whitehill thanks to a value for money 5-1 home win over C and R Sports Bar. Sam Sweeney opened the scoring early doors with a great strike from 25 yards out that nestled in the bottom corner before Ainsley Finney continued his excellent recent form of his own with two more goals; his first being a beautiful strike into the top corner and then heading home a perfect Danny Willis cross to give Brinsworth a 3-0 half time lead. Joe McGuinness was introduced at half time and scored with his first touch; tucking home the rebound after Finney’s shot was parried. Finney then provided the assist for McGuinness to tap home his second and Brinsworth’s fifth and although the visitors pulled back a late consolation; it was just merely that.

Ben Shackshaft was on the mark with a brace as FC Handsworth Turf overcame Armthorpe Albion 5-1. Greg Taylor, James Leesley and Craig Cansdale also netted as the home side went nap against their visitors. However exiting the Cup were both Oughtibridge War Memorial and Stannington Village. Oughtibridge were 3-0 down to AFC Crown before Charlie Tunnard pulled one back and the visitors continued to score frequently with Tunnard’s second of the game proving immaterial. Stannington suffered extra time heartache as they went out 4-3 to Fitzwilliam Arms. Skipper Lee Johnstone gave Village the lead with a nice volleyed finish from the edge of the area before the visitors hit back to go 3-1 ahead with a couple of nice headed finishes and getting first to a rebound after Stannington keeper Nathan Ryan had parried the initial effort. Adam Todd pulled it back to 3-2 from the penalty spot after he had been brought down in a race the rebound from a Sean Flynn shot and then Jack Mylnek leveled matters with a good sidefooted finish. Johnstone had a chance to win it for Stannington but blasted over from close range and it proved costly in extra time as the visitors proved a bit stronger and got the winner as the home side started to tire.

SUNDAY JUNIOR CUP - Chris four Colley as eight go through - Chris Fowler scored four times as Colley Tavern eased through to Round 3 with a comfortable victory at West End and they are joined by Aston Swallownest, City Taxis, Ecclesfield Players Lounge, Intake Old Boys and Loxley from Division One, and Devonshire and Norton Oaks B from Division 2. It was the end of the road though for eight of our clubs.

Aston Swallownest came out on top in the all Blades Super Draw tie against Top Club. The home team were always in control and were 6-0 ahead thanks to a David Sills treble plus singles from Ben Winter, Lee Anthony and Ashley Jacobs. Top Club did rally in the final 20 minutes though and Liam Bryan notched a couple of consolations but the game was as good as over by then. In another all Blades Super Draw tie, Ecclesfield Players Lounge edged past Hare and Hounds 2-1 thanks to goals from Joe Knight and George Sheen. Knight’s low drive from 20 yards gave the visitors the lead, before talisman George Rudd leveled on the hour with a calm finish. Sheen restored Players Lounge’s lead with eight minutes to go and despite Danny Sloane crashing an effort against the bar and constant pressure; the home side couldn’t make further inroads.

Four goals in the opening 17 minutes were the catalyst for Norton Oaks “B” as they overcame The Queens 5-3. Billy Ireland led the scoring with a well taken hat-trick, including a penalty, whilst another penalty from Hamza El Yougo and an own goal completed a good morning’s work for Norton. Another player in the goals was Colley Tavern’s Chris Fowler as he scored four in their 7-3 away at West End. The home team were 2-0 up after just 15 minutes before Josh Connor started the comeback. Fowler added two goals in each half and strike partner Matt Meaney scored twice to put the game beyond the home side even though they did score a last minute consolation.

After a goalless first half, Loxley turned the screw in the second half with five goals. Steve Dickinson’s header opened the scoring before Man of the Match Josh Jones took centre stage with a well taken double salvo, Calum Macrury added a fourth Loxley goal with a placed finish into the roof of the net before the home team pulled one back after a defensive mix up only for Ralph Clarkson’s low finish secured the win.

City Taxis had a good away win at Hackenthorpe Warriors, leading 2-1 at half time but going on to triumph 7-2. James Kay and Aaron Marshall both scored twice whilst Matt Mulchay, Calum Hemmings and Scott Wellum completed a solid Taxis performance. Matt Hunter scored twice for Intake Old Boys as they also won well away at Worksop Town Under 21s, 6-1. Russell Hobson, John Higgins, Matt Turner and Shaun Higginbottom also netted. A first half goal from Jake Slater plus further strikes from Chris Lees and a Keith Cronin penalty were enough to see The Devonshire home against Cobden View.

Despite goals from Chris Blythen and Luke Kingswood, it needed penalties to decide the tie between AFC George and Woodhouse Village. Unluckily for George, it was the visitors who came out on 5-4 in the shootout. Brad Oxley netted Steelers only goal as they slipped a 2-1 home loss to Brinsworth Whitehill Under 21’s (Action from the game is shown below - pictures by Mick Moat). Woodhouse Juniors, Crookes and District and Killamarsh Juniors all suffered comprehensive losses. Woodhouse were beaten 6-0 at Boundary Academy, a gallant Crookes team playing with just ten men throughout crashed 8-0 at Sheffield United Junior Blades but it could have been different as Crookes hit the bar and forced the home keeper into a series of important saves in the second half. A plucky and under strength Killamarsh lost 7-3 at Ivanhoe despite creating plenty of chances and also missing a penalty. Lewis Hunt, a brilliant solo effort from Callum Wood who rounded six players, and Jacob Hobson netting for the visitors.

CBC PREMIER - Angel win at leaders - In the only game in the Premier Division, a disappointing Civil Service “A” team slipped to a 2-0 home loss to Woodhouse Angel. Darryl Parkin gave Angel the lead when he reacted first to a flick on and veteran striker Chris Towey secured the points in injury time with a low finish that makes it 2 home league losses in a row for the home team

DIVISION 1 - Mellor & Shaw trebles see Phoenix fly to the top - Phoenix proved to be too strong for Ranch to go top of Division One. John Mellor and Nicky Shaw both hit hat-tricks whilst Man of the Match Jordan Pearce, Kieran Goff, a Dale Savage penalty and Ashley Peet brought up the double figure score whilst Ranch responded thanks to a Michael Thomas double and Ashley Betts.

18 OCT - CBC PREMIER - Bridge slam Civil to go top, while  Townsend hits four to help Oughtibridge to first win - Wadsley Bridge Pheasant went top of the CBC Premier after inflicting a third successive defeat on previous leaders Civil Service. Wins for Stannington Village and The Vine also saw them leapfrog Civil, while Woodhouse Angel won a thriller with Brinsworth Phoenix and Mark Townsend scored four times as Oughtibridge WM beat Southey Social to record their first win of the season.

Inspired by Mark Townsend (pictured left scoring one of his goals), last season’s surprise packet Oughtibridge War Memorial are finally off and running for the new season. The former The Park striker hit four in their 5-0 win over Southey Social and assisted on the other. Townsend opened the scoring with a low shot from the edge of the box to give his side the lead and after Nathaniel Foster had hit the crossbar, he notched his second with a well executed free-kick. A first half hat-trick was completed when Townsend rounded the Southey keeper to make it 3-0 and the second half continued in the same vein. Townsend turned provider to set up Aidy Tomlin with an excellent through ball for 4-0; and had the last word himself: scoring his fourth with a superb 25 yard effort.

Andy Dawson turned in a real captain’s performance as he helped his Wadsley Bridge Pheasant side remain unbeaten with a 5-1 home win over Civil Service “A” who have now lost three on the spin. Craig Mawhood opened the scoring after just two minutes with a low effort from the edge of the area after Dawson’s corner was cleared out to him. Civil lost inspirational skipper Ben Brown to injury shortly afterwards, and Pheasant plucked a second just before the break when Dawson’s free-kick was headed into his own by a Civil defender under pressure from Jon Wragg. Early in the second half, Gavin Wills gave Civil some hope with a well taken penalty after Ben Sanderson was sent tumbling and for 10 minutes they looked the better side with Gavin Davis really shining in all areas of the pitch. However Dawson volleyed home after Civil’s defence opened up and another of his free-kicks saw left wing-back Reece James score the fourth unmarked at the far post. Danny Wattam was dismissed for a professional foul; being the last man; as Civil’s woes continued and Joel Evans added a fifth as Pheasant went nap in the final stages.

Stannington Village recovered from their exit in the Senior Cup last weekend with a comprehensive away win at FC Handsworth Turf whom surprised a few this season already. They took the lead when Shaun Flynn finished from Callum Pinhorn’s cross; moments after Flynn had hit the Handsworth crossbar with a free-kick. Alex Torr provided the assist on the second, a great run down the left and Adam Todd made no mistake from close range. Man of the Match Ben Cook set up Bill Green for Stannington’s third; a good finish into the far corner and after Jack Ridge had hit the post: skipper Lee Johnstone sold the Handsworth keeper a dummy before coolly putting the ball into the net on a day where Village could have scored many more. Action from the game is below - pictures by Mick Moat)

Woodhouse Angel came out on top in an entertaining ten goal game against Brinsworth Whitehill. Nick Haywood started the goal fest after an excellent move down the right wing and then Mitch Husbands added a second only for Ainsley Finney to reduce the arrears just before the half time interval. Finney hit the post and a glorious chance to make it 2-2 before Darryl Parkin restored the two goal lead for Woodhouse. A free-kick from Finney made it 3-2 before Mike Towey’s first of the game again had Woodhouse ahead by two. Tom Coker volleyed Brinsworth’s third home before Towey’s second and an unstoppable Sam Comer 30 yard effort put the home side 6-3 ahead. Ross Johnson scored a fourth for the visitors with a well taken free-kick in the final minutes but that proved just a consolation for his side whom had played their part in a very entertaining game of football.

A single bit of magic from Rikki Davidson continues The Vine’s impressive form as it was the game winner against Redmires. The talismanic figure scored a superb strike from 25 yards to secure the points for his side when he flicked the ball up and produced a volley that left the home keeper with no chance whatsoever. Redmires had very few chances and found Jonathan Riley and Craig Woolley starring well in Vine’s defence to secure the points for them.

DIVISION 1 - Phoenix continue to fly at the top, but Intake lose a thriller - Phoenix had a comfortable win at Chapeltown RBL to go three points clear at the top of Division One as second place Intake Old Boys lost their unbeaten home record against Ecclesfield Players Lounge. Hallam went third with victory at Colley Tavern and Steve Dickinson hit a hat-trick as Loxley moved up to fourth with victory over Ranch, while Aston Swallownest gained their first points of the season with victory over City Taxis.

Dale Savage hit two for Brinsworth Phoenix as their good start to life in Division One continues. After a goalless first 45, Phoenix took the lead when Savage combined with Karl Fox and then he added a second with an excellent shot into the top corner of the Chapeltown net. Fox provided a cool finish to make it 3-0 after a flowing team move; and another such move saw Jordan Pearce notch the fourth. Fox ensured his side would go nap when he was on the end of another team move after Sam Firth had unselfishly teed him up.

Ecclesfield Players Lounge secured the points from a trip to Intake Old Boys, and it was the veteran striker Craig Senior who proved the match winner just like he has done many times before. John Higgins netted the opener for Intake from the penalty spot when Matt Hunter was brought down before Ecclesfield responded with three unanswered goals from Mitchell Robinson, Mark Groves and Scott Szpajer. Shaun Higginbottom effort from the edge of the area made it 2-3 before Senior added the visitors fourth. Russell Hobson made it 3-4 but Intake couldn’t get the equaliser they wanted for a share of the spoils.

Another side to come from behind were Hallam FC as they gained three points from their trip to Colley Tavern. Colley took the lead halfway through the first half when Aaron Ellis opened the scoring from 12 yards out, but Hallam equalised when Ellis unfortunately diverted a free-kick from Todd Warburton into his own net. Hothrytha Gadour gave the visitors the lead and Joe Howsham added a third to secure the win although Colley will feel aggrieved when the visiting keeper scooped the ball from behind his own line when the score was just 2-1 although it was never spotted.

Steve Dickinson was Loxley’s star as they overcame Ranch 6-0. Another goalless first period was broken when Dickinson was left unmarked at the far post after a goalmouth scramble and the lead was doubled when Anthony Marshall’s shot took a deflection to loop past the visiting keeper. Dickinson then netted twice to complete his hat-trick, his treble coming from the penalty spot, and further goals from Marshall - with a well executed chip - and a Mick Smith drive completed a good win for the home team.

Aston Swallownest came from behind to secure the points against City Taxis in a feisty encounter where the official’s performance was the main talking point for both sides. Jordan Marshall gave Taxis the lead after a right wing cross somehow eluded the home defence and he tucked it home. However, Scott McCormack had the home team level by half time when he pounced on a loose ball to fire home. Tom Connelly provided the winner though, and what a winner it was. The Aston man firing a sublime effort from 20 yards in the top left hand corner of the net.

DIVISION 2 - Dan's the man as Devonshire go top, while Glover hits four for Killamarsh and Blythen hits three to keep George in touch - Dan Hoyland hit a hat-trick as Devonshire won at Laycock Sports to go top of Division Two, but he was out-scored by Killamarsh Junior's Joe Glover who hit four in his side's victory at Civil Service B. Michael Blythen hit a hat-trick to make it thirteen goals in three League games in AFC George's victory at local rivals Woodhouse Juniors, while Top Club are one of five clubs on nine points after their narrow win at Norton Oaks B and Steelers are still unbeaten after their narrow victory over Cobden View.

The Devonshire kept their perfect record with an 8-1 away win at Laycock Sports. Dan Hoyland led the individual scoring with a hat-trick that included a couple of 20 yard efforts whilst strikers Sam Read and Nick Owen also notched braces. Mark Hopkinson was also on target against a gallant Laycock’s side whose consolation came from a 30 yard free-kick by Stephen Morris.

Joe Glover notched a four goal salvo to secure maximum points for Killamarsh Juniors at Civil Service “B”. The home team faced a three goal deficit at a half time as the visitors made the early running, and despite Mitchell Seymour coming off the bench to reduce the arrears from a Ben Firth assist, a long ball over the top enabled Killamarsh to score a fourth which knocked the stuffing out of the home team. Two further visiting goals rubbed the proverbial salt into the wounds.

The Woodhouse derby went AFC George’s way as they defeated Woodhouse Juniors 6-2. Michael Blythen scored another hat-trick whilst sibling Chris, Michael Brown and Jordan Cooper were also on target for the visiting team. Tom Howard and Dimitri White scored for Juniors, the latter a great effort from 25 yards, but it proved to be George’s day.

Top Club edged the seven goal thriller against Norton Oaks “B”. Norton took the lead, a lead which they held onto to half time break. However, Top Club’s work ethic with just ten men proved its just reward as Liam Bryan, Malaki Brown, Bradley Gray and Anton Blake gave them a 4-1 lead. Despite two late goals, Norton’s attempts to find a leveller proved in vain. Jordan Holland with two and Billy Ireland were on target for the home team.

To conclude the league’s action, Steelers came from behind to overcome Cobden View. A superb 35 yard dipping volley from Alex Butt gave Cobden the lead after 20 minutes only for Ashley Matthews to level matters on the stroke of half time. Rhydian Watkins gave the home team the lead with 12 minutes left with cross-cum-shot and despite concerted Cobden pressure; Steelers held on for the points although Cobden felt they deserved a share of the spoils.

25 OCT - SUNDAY SENIOR CUP - Bridge Turf out Tavern, but our Turf go through and The Vine make it a hat-trick of winners - In Round Three of the Sunday Senior Cup, the CBC Premier leaders Wadsley Bridge Pheasant produced a terrific performance to put out the Meadowhall League's Handsworth Turf Tavern 2-1. Pheasant started brightly and the Tavern keeper had already had to make a couple of saves before he was beaten by a Carl Andrews (right) header from a pinpoint Dylan Parrott cross. Pheasant soon doubled their lead when Reece James scored from close range, but Tavern reduced the arrears just before half time. In the second half, with Josh Statham outstanding, the Pheasant defence rarely looked like being beaten and after Tavern had a man dismissed, Pheasant comfortably held on.

The Blades Super Draw League's FC Handsworth Turf was successful than their Meadowhall counterparts as two James Leesley goals helped them came from two down to beat Barnsley Sunday League's Dodworth Miner's Welfare 3-2. Turf had to start the game without their normal keeper, skipper Liam Richardson and after just twenty minutes his replacement Carl Eaton had to give way with a pulled muscle, leaving assistant manager Lee Machin having to take over between the sticks. It looked even more bleak for Turf when their Barnsley visitors took a two goal half time lead, but after changing formation during the break Turf got themselves back into the tie when Ollie Grady’s cross was headed home by Ben Shackshaft. Turf took the game into extra time when James Leesley burst into the box to round the keeper and equalise. Leesley was also involved in the game’s final goal when he squared for his brother Danny Leesley to ram home the winner.

Danny Seaman (left) scored twice as The Vine made it a hat-trick of Blades Super Draw winners with an impressive 4-1 victory over the Meadowhall League's Arundel Ex-Servicemen’s. The Vine flew out of the blocks to take an early lead when Rikki Davidson went flying down the wing before crossing for Danny Seaman to fire home. They doubled their lead on fifteen minutes when Davidson put an inch perfect cross through for Matt Ellis to turn his man and beat the keeper. Karl Ainsworth had a header ruled out for offside before the break, but the second half saw The Vine get a third when Seaman put Davidson through to provide a powerful finish. Arundel pulled one back, but with Mike Golland and Ainsworth solid at the back they never looked like getting back into the game and it was The Vine that completed the scoring when Ellis put Seaman in to chip the ball over the keeper.

Norton Oaks A almost made it four winners after coming from three down against the Rotherham League's Aston Village, but after a Steve Scott header, two Dale Kay penalties and a Sam Ireland goal had briefly put Norton in front, Aston equalised and went on win the penalty shoot-out 5-4.

SUNDAY JUNIOR CUP - Six go through as both Devonshire and Intake Old Boys hit nine - In Round Three of the Sunday Junior Cup, helped by a Nicky Owen hat-trick, Division Two Devonshire had a comfortable 9-2 victory at Joker Tap Room. Devonshire’s others came from Dan Hoyland and Sam Read doubles, one from Jordan Beech and an own goal. Russell Hobson also hit a hat-trick as Division One Intake Old Boys also scored nine to comfortably beat Atta. Intake’s others came from Matt Hunter with two, man of the match Lee Pierpoint with two, Adam Clayton and Shaun Higster. Action from the game is below (pictures by Mick Moat)

James Kay also hit three as City Taxis beat Staffordshire Arms 7-0. Taxis others came from Aaron Marshall, Daniel Sheedy, Matt McUllay and Craig Williams. David Sills (right) scored all Aston Swallownest's three goals as they went through, 3-1 against Mexborough Athletic. After an even first thirty minutes Aston got their noses in front when Scott McCormac crossed for Sills to volley home his first. The second half saw Billy Evans skip past a couple of defenders before crossing for Sills to hit his second. Mexborough pulled one back, but Aston held firm and in the final minute Sills beat two defenders before completing his hat-trick from an acute angle.

Despite Andy Baxter missing two penalties, Ecclesfield Players Lounge overcame White Hart (Askern) 3-0. Joe Knight chipped the keeper to put Lounge ahead and their lead was doubled when Mark Groves pressured a defender into turning the ball into his own net. With Mitch Robinson working hard in midfield, the Lounge defence was rarely troubled and George Sheen grabbed their third to complete the scoring.

Loxley became our sixth team through when they beat fellow Division One side Colley Tavern 4-1. Lewis Armstrong put Loxley ahead after five minutes after Colley had failed to clear a corner and Steve Dickinson doubled Loxley’s lead with a back post header. Steve Mayfield scored a long range third before the break and although Brendan Drew pulled one back for Colley in the second half, Loxley completed the scoring when Lewis Vessey won and scored a penalty in the final minute. The League's only other side to go out was Norton Oaks B who lost a seven goal thriller with Ivanhoe

 DIVISION 1 - Phoenix hit back to extend their lead at the top - In the League Division One leaders Phoenix met Chapeltown RBL for a second successive week and after winning comfortably the week before, Phoenix were looking to complete the double, but that looked very unlikely when goals from Rollitt, Moorhouse and Savage saw Chapeltown race into a three goal lead. Kieran Goff’s left foot pulled one back before the break and they had their opponents rocking when Dale Savage powered in a header to make it 3-2. Sam Firth the produced a spectacular overhead kick to level the scores before Jake Slaughter on his return from a broken leg put Liam Brookfield through to grab an unlikely winner for Phoenix to put them six points clear at the top.

DIVISION 2 - Penistone hit back to go top, while Killamarsh also move up and Laycocks get first win - Division Two has new leaders after Penistone Church came from two down to win 6-2 at Top Club. Anton Blake and Liam Bryan goals seemed to put Top Club in control, but after Brad Kemp had pulled one back in the first half, Penistone went on the rampage in the second half and added five more through a George Orrell double, Callum Lee, Tom Adams and Oliver Robinson. Action from the game is below (pictures by Mick Moat)

A Jon Packman treble and an outstanding performance by Ross Taylor helped Killamarsh Juniors move up to second after winning an eleven goal thriller 7-4 with Steelers. Joe Glover scored twice, Callum Wood hit a twenty five yarder and Spencer Hunt added Killamarsh’s other, but Steelers never gave up and stayed in the game until late on with a Blake Owen double together with stunning free kicks from Ashley Matthews and skipper Liam Garrett.

Laycock Sports gained their first win of the season 5-1 at Crookes & District, but the result might have been very different if Crookes had taken some of the four good chances they had before veteran Steve Morris (right) gave Laycocks a half time lead. That gave the visitors the confidence they needed and in addition to a second for Morris, Alexis Burton scored twice and Brendon Wilson once, while Jonnie Butler’s performance and Matt Hudson’s deflected free kick was Crookes only consolations. In the day’s other game, after Ben Bell had given visitors Cobden View the lead, Civil Service B hit back for a share of the spoils with a Ben Bell header from a Breon Fogarty corner four minutes from time

24 Oct - Kitlocker Cup Draw revealed - The draw for Round 3 of the League Kitlocker Cup was made and just two all-CBC Premier ties came out, with Wadsley Bridge Pheasant v Woodhouse Angel being the tie of the round. The full draw is: Intake OB v Devonshire; Oughtibridge WM v AFC George; Penistone Church v Colley Tavern; Phoenix v The Vine; Redmires v Top Club; Southey Social v Civil Service A; Stannington Village v City Taxis - these ties to be played on 1 November, while Wadsley Bridge Pheasant v Woodhouse Angel will be played on 8 November

24 Oct - November fixtures published - The fixtures for November are now shown. Clubs must confirm the details of all their home games with their opponents and referees immediately




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