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17 APR - DIVISION 1 - Oaks Birch Colley to edge towrards safety - Scott Birch (left) scored four as Norton Oaks Bbeat already relegated Colley 5-3 to put six points between themselves and the drop zone. Two from Birch and one from Will Carlisle had Oaks three up at the interval, but Colley hit back after the break and Chris Fowler and Ridham Miladi both scored to reduce the arrears to one. Birch then completed his hat-trick to put Oaks back in charge, but Colley responded again and Fowler netted his second. Birch should have had his fourth when he missed a penalty, but soon after he made up for the miss to clinch the game for Oaks.

15 APR - CBC PREMIER - Fothergill double keeps Pheasant in touch - A Lewis Fothergill double helped Wadsley Bridge Pheasant to a narrow 2-1 victory over relegation threatened Norton Oaks A and there is now just one point separating the top three teams. Pheasant started on the front foot and soon after a Dylan Parrott free kick had hit the woodwork, a quick break ended with a cool finish by Fothergill to put his side ahead. Only some terrific saves by Oaks' young keeper Corey Hawksworth stopped the margin being much wider at the break. Pheasant continue to press after the break and their pressure finally told when Fothergill netted his second. They then had a great chance to make it three when they were awarded a penalty, but Adam Askwith's spot kick was brilliantly saved by Hawksworth. Oaks then got back into the game when James Kay found himself one-on-one with the keeper to score and only some good defending and a couple of missed chances stopped them taking a point. Action from the game is below - pictures by Mick Moat

 R e d m i r e s   a re just four points further back after their 2-0 win at another relegation struggler, Woodseats Club. After a goalless first half Redmires went ahead with a great volley at the back post by John Pedder and Dan Callow wrapped up the points when he beat the Woodseats' offside club to score their second. Killamarsh Juniors and visitors Handsworth Old Crown both moved a point away from the drop zone by drawing 1-1 with each other. Jack Stanley put Killamarsh ahead with a looping header from a James Savage free kick, but the points were shared after good work by Matt Ellis gave Shane Rollinson a simple tap-in to equalise.

DIVISION 1 - Cotts catch Oughtibridge napping, and Village slip as Sugden farms out a treble, while Civil are relegated - In Division One, third place Oughtibridge WM slipped to their second defeat in three games as Cotts more or less made their place in Division One safe for another season with their fourth away win of the season. Sam Stacey, Michael Brown and Alex Carlton strikes had Cotts 3-0 up before Callum Chambers scored his twenty-eighth of the season from the penalty spot to reduce the arrears. Matt Harrison then produced a great finish to put Oughtibridge within striking distance, but Cotts held on to win 3-2.

Fourth place Woodhouse Village failed to close the gap though as they also slipped to defeat, 4-2 at a Southey Social inspired by hat-trick hero Josh Sugden. It started well for Woodhouse when Theo Wilson put them ahead, but Southey equalised when they were awarded a penalty and , although his spot kick was saved, Josh Sugden scored when the ball came back to him. Sugden then netted his second from a free kick to put Southey ahead, but Woodhouse levelled after the break with a Mark Wall free kick. Woodhouse were piling on the pressure and only two terrific saves stopped Liam Simmonite, in his first start for three years, and Ryan Lee putting them ahead. Ollie Grady then missed a point blank header from Simmonite's flick-on and those misses proved costly as first John Mellor and then Sugden to complete his hat-trick gave victory to Southey.

That made it a good day for leaders Norton Sportsman who maintained top spot with a 4-2 victory at a Norton Oaks B still needing points to avoid slipping into the bottom three. Sportsman went ahead when Michael Gibbons was brought down in the box and Brad Bowland netted his twenty-ninth of the season from the penalty spot. Oaks levelled when Jordan Noble scored his first for the club and for a while they pushed the leaders back, but with just twenty minutes remaining, Sonny Wilson's bullet header put Sportsman back in front and it was quickly followed by another when Mark Fereday rounded the Oaks keeper to score. James Archer scrambled home their fourth and although Scott Birch netted a second for Oaks it wasn't enough to stop the leaders from taking the three points, leaving them just one win away from clinching promotion .

It was also good for Chapeltown RBL as they went second after a double from veteran Dale Shaw helped them to a 2-1 victory at Cobden View. After RBL missed two early chances, it didn't look too good for them when Alex Butt gave Cobden the lead, but RBL hit back straight away and levelled when Ryan Robinson intercepted the ball before whipping in a vicious cross that Shaw met with a looping header over the Oaks keeper. Cobden had chances to restore their lead, but they couldn't take them and instead it was Shaw that won it for RBL when he met Danny Cardwell's long throw. Civil Sports B's fight against relegation is over after they slipped to a 7-0 defeat at an in-form Ranch inspired by a hat-trick from Matt Jacobs. Ranch's others in a rather one-sided affair, came from Jack Jones, Joe Denby, Joe Howsham and Danny Foster

DIVISION 2 - Earl and Forum end all-square to put Crookes in the driving seat - Royal Earl keep top spot in Division Two for the moment despite being held to a 2-2 draw by Forum, a result that means just one point separates the top three. Earl took the lead after ten minutes through Steve Brammer, but Forum levelled when their skipper Joseph Thompson converted a penalty. The game swung back in Earl's favour when Forum went down to nine men and Sam Smith put Earl back in front, but a second penalty award allowed Thompson to rescue a point for Forum. The result leaves second placed Crookes as title favourites as they have a game in hand on their rivals, but the destination of the title could hinge on Crookes' visit to Forum next weekend.

Boynton Sports chances of a top three finish ended with a 5-0 home defeat by Mosborough Reds. Jamie Damms, Josh Smith and Joe Harris strikes had Reds three up in just fourteen minutes and the game was as good as over when Ash Hotchin added a fourth before half time from Jay McFadzean's cross. Boynton managed to stem the flow after that and it was only three minutes from time when Harris headed his second from just outside the 6 yard box. Mosborough Whites also won, 3-2 at home to Wadsley Horse & Jockey, to keep their very slim chance of making the top three. That result didn't look likely when Danny Bent and Aaron Statham strikes had Jockey two ahead, but one from Callum Congreave and two Morgan Fox goals saw Whites turn the game on it's head to take the points.

12 APR - SUNDAY JUNIOR CUP FINAL - Royal Earl and Mosborough Whites to meet in the Final on 19 April at Stocksbridge - The County FA confirmed today that the all-Blades Super Draw League Sunday Junior Cup Final between Royal Earl and Mosborough Whites will take place on Thursday 19 April at Stocksbridge Park Steels stadium. It means that both Earl's and Whites' league games scheduled for that night will have to be rescheduled.

12 APR - CBC PREMIER - Champions back on top, while Oaks gain a precious point - After a goalless first half against in-form Redmires, chmpions Stannington Village scored twice through Shaun Flynn (left) and Callum Pinhorn to take control, but they needed all their defensive strength to hold on to it after Jake Gamban pulled one back for the visitors. The 2-1 win puts them back on top of the CBC Premier by a point above Wickersley Youth.

At the foot of the table third from bottom Norton Oaks A grabbed a 2-2 at Handsworth Old Crown with a late Andy Dawson (right) header. Oaks led at half time through a Kenny Brakes header, but two goals in five minutes from Greg Taylor and Mike Golland put Crown ahead until Dawson's late strike. It wasn't such good news for second bottom Woodseats Club as they slipped to a 3-2 home defeat by Intake Old Boys. John Roper gave Intake the lead only for Jake Whistlecraft to equalise. Woodseats then went ahead through Lewis Whittaker, but it was Crown's turn to equalise through Harry Chamberlain's rocket into the top corner. It went from bad to worse for the home club when Roper beat their offside trap and his cross could only be turned into his own net by a defender.

DIVISION 1 - Four goal Chambers helps Oughtibridge to the ton, while Buxton hits four as Civil shock Cotts - Callum Chambers scored four as Oughtibridge beat Southey Social 5-1 to take their season's goal tally to 101 and up to second in the Division One table. A Josh Sugden strike had Southey level for a while, but they couldn't cope with Chambers, who scored their 100th goal before Chas Tunnard completed the scoring. Woodhouse Village stayed in the promotion chase with a 6-1 victory at Brinsworth Phoenix. After a goalless first half, Village went ahead throgh Jamie Hopkins, but Jack Hawkes levelled for Phoenix from the penalty spot. Ollie Grady soon had Village back in front and Hopkins quickly added his second. Liam Simmonite made his return to the side to join his brothers Ryan and Sean on the pitch for the first time and it was Sean that further celebrated with Village's fourth, before Stef Flint and Tom Reed completed the scoring.

A second player to hit four was Civil Sports B's Josh Buxton as the bottom club claimed their first win of the season, 7-3 over a Cotts FC still not clear of danger. Alex Cowlishaw, Joe Taylor and George Hobson hit Civil's others, while Chenston Clarke with two and Michael Blythen with one scored for Cotts. Two sides destined for a mid-table finish, Ranch and Cobden View, fought out an entertaining 4-4 draw. Joe Denby put Ranch ahead only for Joe Taylor to equalise from the spot. Mike Vella put Ranch back in front and Danny Foster made it 3-1 after the break. Ben Bell pulled one back for View, but Ranch looked to have won it when Tyrone Gunter made it 4-2. View didn't give up though and in the last three minutes an Aaron Ellis strike and a last gasp Ben Mayne goal gave them a deserved share of the spoils.

DIVISION 2 - Earl back on top, and Crookes keep pace with them, but Boynton slip to Whites - Although they were made to work hard for their victory, Royal Earl went back to the top of Division Two with a 3-0 win at Cadbury. Callum Greaves headed them in front in the first half, but Cadbury were proving to be difficult opponents and it wasn't unti they had a player dismissed for handball in the area that Earl gained some breathing sspace. The penalty was saved, but they were pushing Cadbury further back and finally made it more comfortable with Sam Smith and Steve Brammer (left) goals. The victory means Earl are now just one more win from sealing promotion at the first attempt.

Crookes FC kept pace with them with a 5-1 victory at Woodseats Chantry. Liam Cartledge (right) took his League tally to 22 with three of them, while Luke Walker and Liam Morris netted their others. Josh Connolly netted for Chantrey. Boynton Sports promotion bid stuttered again with a 2-1 defeat by Mosborough Whites. Chris Calcott in the first half and Jack Bennett in the second had Whites two up before a late Sports goal gave them a nervous finish.

10 APR - DIVISION 2 - Gibson and Nshindano doubles send Forum to the top - Doubles from Josh Gibson and man of the match Phil Nshindano plus one each from Jordan Scaife, Jav Sherratt and Antony Holmes gave Forum a 7-1 victory at Shakey to send them to the top of Division Two and they could be just two more wins away from sealing promotion at their first attempt. Shakey's consolation goal came from their leading scorer Andrew Redfern.

8 APR - CBC PREMIER - Wickersley show Hough to stay top, but chasing pack all win - Leaders Wickersley Youth thought they had taken the lead at Norton Oaks A when Cory Goodwin found Drew Houghton and he put the ball in the net, but as the striker peeled away for celebration the referee disallowed the goal for offside. Wickersley then had a penalty and captain Kris Lee-Green stepped up to take it only to blast the ball over the bar. Wickersley eventually took the lead. Lee-Green found Houghton in the box and he coolly slotted home. Wickersley was then given another penalty and this time Ainsley Finney stepped up to make no mistake. Wickersley started the second half well again and made it 3-0 through another Houghton strike, before Lee-Green fired home from edge of the box to make it four. Norton was still creating chances though and Liam Paterson headed one back, but Wickersley hit back with Jamie Fawcett heading home from a Joe Simpson free kick. Paterson scored his second header for Norton to make it 5-2, but Houghton had the final say to complete his hat trick with a header with 5 minutes remaining to leave the final score 6-2.

Second place Stannington Village took an early lead at Intake Old Boys when Bill Green (left) met a Lee Johnstone corner at the near post and they doubled their lead before the break when a Ben Cook cross was headed home by Dean Jepson. It was a tight game though and Intake deservedly pulled one back in the second half when John Hills headed against the post and Jack Heald scrambled it over the line. After Charlie Hobson missed a good chance to restore Stannington's two goal lead, in the end they were indebted to centre backs Dan Green and Danny Abdulla to hold onto for a 2-1 victory.

Third place Wadsley Bridge Pheasant had a more comfortable 3-0 win in their Twentytwo Cup Final rehearsal with Handsworth Old Crown. Crown started brighter, but as Pheasant came into the game Jordan Livett was bundled over in the box and Dylan Parrott (right) dispatched the penalty. Parrott then produced a fine run and powerful cross shot to make it 2-0 at half time. Pheasant continue to create chance after  chance in the second half, with Craig Mawhood missing a golden chance that looked easier to score than miss, but finally Lewis Fothergill broke through to hit their third.

Penistone Church maintained their hopes with a 3-1 home win over Civil Sports A. A tight first half ended goalless, but three minutes after the break Tom Adams fired Penistone in front. Civil hit back with Tom Bamford rounding the keeper to score, but Penistone restored their lead with Sam Scrivens' eighth of the season and completed the scoring two minutes later with Adams' second of the game.

Redmires kept their outside hopes alive with a 4-2 win at a Killamarsh Juniors getting too close to the bottom three for comfort. Matt Hague's early goal gave Killamarsh the perfect start and they should have doubled it when a push in the box saw them awarded a penalty, only for Matt Stead to hit the crossbar. Redmires leading scorer Tom Whiting took advantage to hit an equaliser and George Rudd added a second with a far post finish to give Redmires a half time lead. Redmires had chance after chance in the second half before Whiting added a third and Chris Cottyn a fourth. Late on Killamarsh were awarded a second penalty and this time Hague took responsibility for it to score his second, but it was too little too late. Action from the game is below - pictures by Mick Moat.

DIVISION 1 - Howsham double sees Ranch halt Oughtibridge, but leaders Norton make no mistake  - Norton Sportsman stayed top of Division One with a 6-1 victory over Cobden View. Sportsman went two up in the first ten mins with Brad Bowland smashing in a Callum Frith knockdown and Sonny Wilson with a fine finish. Cobden View pulled one back through a Joe Taylor free kick, but right on half time James Archer finished a one touch move to make it 3 -1. It stayed like that until the last twenty minutes when Bowland scored his second, followed by an own goal and a Michael Gibbons finish.

For their second game in succession, Ranch put a spanner in the works for a promotion chaser, by beating Oughtibridge WM 4-3 in a real thriller. Oughtibridge knew they were in for a game as Ranch had ended Chapeltown RBL's unbeaten record in their previous game and it didn't take them long to get their noses in front through Jack Williams. Joe Howsham (left) then added a second for Ranch when he lobbed the keeper, but Oughtibridge quickly hit back and a Matt Harrison strike followed by an Ollie Black penalty had them level at the break. After Ranch had missed two one-on-ones, it was Oughtibridge that got their noses in front when great work by Callum Chambers set Ross Brown up to score. Undeterred by that Ranch got themselves level with Tom Burns scoring from close range and they completed the victory when Howsham capitalised on a defensive error to score his second.

Brinsworth Phoenix gave themselves a chance of avoiding the drop with a 2-0 win at a Cotts FC just two places above them. Phoenix had a first half lead through a superb volley from Sam Firth from a pin point Kieran Goff free kick. After the break Phoenix piled on the pressure and it took its toll when some slick passing between Goff and Jordan Pearce was completed with Karl Fox coolly slotting through the keepers legs doubled their lead, but after that they were indebted to stand-in keeper Chris Knowles who produced some amazing saves to preserve their lead.

DIVISION 2 - Earl put Shakey in a Paddy to stay top as the top three draw clear - Paddy Carrig hit a hat-trick as Royal Earl stayed top of Division Two with a 7-0 victory at Shakey, A Paddy Carrig hat-trick and two from Steve Brammer gave Earl a five goal lead at the break and the second half saw Brammer complete his treble along with one from Callum Greaves. Forum stayed second as an Andy Harrison double helped them to a 4-1 victory at Mosborough Whites, Forum's others coming from Matty Ord and Josh Gibson, while Danny Howson hit Whites consolation. Liam Morris also hit three as third place Crookes FC won 6-1 at Boynton Sports. Liam Cartledge added two more to his collection and James Reed hit the other for a victory that puts them six points clear of the teams below them and with games in hand.

5 APR - CBC PREMIER - Mahwood at the double to keep Pheasant in the title race - After Jordan Livett had opened the scoring early in the second half, Craig Mahwood (right) added two more to seal a 3-0 victory for Wadsley Bridge Pheasant at Intake Old Boys. It put Pheasant back up to third, just 3 points behind leaders Wickersley Youth with a game in hand.

DIVISION 1 - All midweek games postponed  - The weather once again took its toll on Division One games.

DIVISION 2 - Gibson double keeps Forum in the title race - After Lee Williams had given Woodhouse Juniors a half time lead, Forum, inspired by man of the match Andy Harrison, hit back in the second half to win 3-1 with two from Josh Gibson (left) and one from Matt Ord.

1 APR - SUNDAY JUNIOR CUP SEMI-FINAL - Mosborough have a White good time to make it an all-Blades Super Draw Final - The County FA Sunday Junior Cup is destined to have a Blades Super Draw League name on it after Mosborough Whites continued their amazing adventure in this competition with a 3-1 away win at Barnsley based Swaithe. Swaithe, who knocked out Mosborough’s fellow Division Two side Crookes in the previous round, took the lead in the first half. However, Whites have certainly been a team that can turn a deficit into a win in this season’s competition and so it proved as they scored three unanswered strikes from Chris Calcott, Jack Lenihan and Danny State to secure their spot in the showpiece Final where they will face another fellow Blades Super Draw League Division Two side in Royal Earl. It will be the second all-Blades Super Draw final in successive years and the third in the last five years.

CBC PREMIER - Wickersley and Stannington stay on course, but Penistone lose ground - Wickersley Youth battled away to a 5-3 win at Woodseats Club which keeps them at the top of the CBC Premier Division. Ainsley Finney gave Lewis Carder’s men the lead following good work from Joe McGuinness but three goals in five minutes from Read, Jackson and White put Club ahead. A superb overhead kick from the edge of the area by Ross Johnson made it a one goal game and then on the stroke of half time Adam Daughtrey netted to send the teams in level at 3-3. Wickersley clinched the win in the final quarter of hour, Finney scoring his second of the morning when he netted from a sublime Alex Elwell cross and then Jamie Fawcett scoring on the half volley after Cory Goodwin centred. It was jubilation for Wickersley but another reverse for Club who are staring relegation in the face with just a handful of games left.

Another team that are still in relegation trouble are Hallam FC after a second half goal blitz powered Stannington Village to a 6-1 home win and second place in the CBC Premier standings. Village took the lead when Shaun Flynn put in the rebound from his initial effort, but Nick Dymock levelled for Hallam a few minutes later. Dean Jepson (left) put Stannington into the lead when he scored at the second attempt for a half time advantage, and on the hour the striker scored his second of the morning when he got the decisive touch after Dan Green had flicked on a long throw. It became 4-1 when Arnie Grayson set up Charlie Hobson for a tidy finish under the goalkeeper and two Adam Todd strikes; one from the penalty spot after Lee Johnstone was fouled in the area; finished the scoring.

A superb second half showing was the reason behind a Redmires 5-0 away success at Penistone Church which halted any hope the home side of taking the CBC Premier Division title on their debut season in the top flight. The prolific Tom Whiting scored twice for Dave Knaggs’ men as did George Rudd to keep Redmires in the hunt for a top four finish. Jon Wall added the other to ensure a nap hand. Whilst a sole strike from Alex Rippon gave Intake Old Boys a 1-0 win over Handsworth Old Crown. Rippon spun and turned to fire in the game winner in a match that was full of chances throughout and by all accounts could have ended in a high scoring draw. Action from the game is below - pictures by Mick Moat.

DIVISION 1 - Harry Davison gives Legion a poor ride home  - Only one game in Division One survived the weather and that sole game was a good entertaining one as hosts Southey Social and visitors Chapeltown RBL shook hands on a 1-1 draw. Both keepers made a lot of great saves but there was nothing the Southey custodian could have done when Nathan Forbes fizzed a long-range thunderbolt past him from fully forty-five yards out. But in injury time Southey got a deserved point when Harry Davison was on hand to score with ultimately the last kick of the game.

DIVISION 2 - Smith's a big hit for Earl, while Cowen double keeps Crookes in touch - Royal Earl are still on course for the Second Division title as they ended Boynton Sports unbeaten home record with a 5-0 victory over them. Sam Smith took centre stage with a hat-trick, including a penalty, for Earl who lead the table by two points. Skipper Tom Roebuck and Conor Chapell also scored for the leaders. Moving into second are Crookes FC after they came from behind to defeat Mosborough Reds 2-1 in the division’s only other game. Jake Leonard gave Reds the lead in the twenty second minute, but Matt Cowen levelled a couple of minutes later. Eight minutes further on Cowen scored the matchwinner to keep Crookes two points behind the leaders with a match in hand. Action from the game is below - pictures by Mick Moat.


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