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All the reports for December are shown below. See News Index for other months


20-DEC - Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year to everyone - The League would like to wish all players, officials, referees, sponsors and supporters the very best for Christmas and a hope we can have a Happier and more Prosperous New Year.

20 DEC - CBC PREMIER - Crookes Purk up to go clear at the top, whilst Taylor made Wickersley go second - A Joel Purkiss (left) hat-trick helped Crookes to a 4-3 victory over Royal Earl to gain revenge for their only defeat of the season and go eight points clear at the top of the CBC Premier. Andy Parkin gave Crookes the lead and it was doubled by a Joel Purkiss penalty, but a Michael Towey strike just before half-time put Earl back in the game. After the break, a scramble in the box allowed Sam Smith to level the scores, but two goals in four minutes by Purkiss put Crookes back in charge. Earl came back with an Alex Rippon goal, but they just couldn’t grab an equaliser.

Crookes could still be caught though by Wickersley Youth after two Nathan Taylor strikes helped them to a 4-3 victory over Oughtibridge WM. Wickersley took an early lead when a Josh Kirkland corner was headed home by Taylor, but Oughtibridge got a deserved equaliser when Callum Simms showed some neat footwork in the area before a good finish. Wickersley went back in front when Joe Long pushed Kirkland down in the area and Kris Lee-Green (right) scored from the spot, but when Wickersley were awarded a second penalty, Lee-Green could only hit the woodwork.

Only a good save by the Wickersley keeper stopped Charlie Cope from bringing the scores level a second time and, after the break, Cope beat the offside trap only to pull his shot wide, but Oughtibridge deservedly levelled again when they were awarded a penalty and Charlie Tunnard scored. Wickersley went back in front when Lee-Green got to the by-line and crossed for Taylor to score his second. Man of the Match Lee-Green started the move that saw Danny Stobbard cross for Kirkland to head a fourth for Wickersley. A fourth penalty of the game saw Tunnard pull another back for the visitors, but this time Wickersley held on. Referee Paul Matthewson was praised for his part in a terrific game.

Norton Sportsman played out their third successive draw a real 3-3 thriller with Wadsley Bridge Pheasant. Norton started well and scored midway through first half when a sweeping move ended with Montelle Kamara feeding James Archer to fire home from 18 yards and Harry Mitchell doubled their lead just before half time. Pheasant got back into it soon after the break when a Jordan Livett (left) free-kick came back off the bar and was turned in by Harry Hurst. Norton looked to have won it when a Chris Lewis shot took a deflection past the Pheasant keeper, but Pheasant reduced the lead again when Livett made no mistake with another free-kick. With the outstanding Carlton Carty driving them forward, Pheasant got a deserved equaliser, but it was the unfortunate Joe Muress that turned a long throw into his own net.

20 DEC - DIVISION 1 - Hobson's the choice for Handsworth, whilst Davies snookers Boynton -  Russ Hobson (right) hit a hat-trick as Division One leaders Handsworth Inn Pub went clear at the top. Handsworth started the half the better team and went ahead when Perry Jackson's flick on from a corner fell to Hobson to score at the back post. The doubled their lead when Liam Greenfield turned before driving into the box to find the bottom corner. Colley then grew into the game and pulled a goal back when a cross into the box saw Chris Belshaw head home and they started the second half the better team. They hit the bar before Belshaw struck a deserved equaliser. Colley almost took the lead when Billy Thorley’s shot came back off the bar, but that seemed to be a turning point and Handsworth took control again. A great cross by Sam Marsden was met by Hobson who lifted the ball over the keeper onto the post, but fired home the rebound. Lou Jackson then flicked a header into the bottom corner from a free kick, before Hobson completed his perfect hat-trick with a free header at the back post. Oli Grady then scored from the edge of the area before Ben Shackshaft rounded off the win with a tap in after a nice cross from Tom Smith.

Sheffield Sixers are beginning their charge up the table after a Liam Davies (left) double helped them to a 4-1 victory at Boynton Sports. Harry Buxton gave them an early lead and Davies doubled it when he turned home a Danny Barnsley corner. Jake Gamban pulled one back for the home side just before the break, but the second half saw Davies grab his second following a quick free-kick by Brad Howe. Howe completed the scoring when he lobbed the keeper from 30 yards.

Another winner was Brinsworth Phoenix who climbed to fourth with victory at Southey Social. Innocent Huly and Jack Hawkes combined to set up the chance for Chris Cottyn to mark his debut with the opening goal and young winger Regan Howarth added a second with a composed finish. Daniel Commander then left four defenders in his wake before hitting an unstoppable left foot shot into the top corner. Ryan Whitney pulled one back for Southey, but the League’s all-time leading scorer John Mellor bent a shot into the top corner to seal the points for Phoenix.

20 DEC - DIVISION 2 - Unbeaten records go as Ellis leaves Green with Red faces and Darton's double scalps Renegades - A double for new signing Matt Ellis (right) helped Mosborough Reds end Division Two leaders Nether Green's unbeaten record and push Reds up to second. James Arrand took advantage of a mistake to put Reds ahead and more Reds pressure ended with Ellis firing into the top corner. After the break, Jack Hollis-Smith reduced the areas, but Reds regained their two goal advantage when the keeper spilled the ball and Ellis netted his second. Brad Smith pulled a second back for Nether Green, but Reds held on to end Green’s record.

The League’s other remaining unbeaten record also went after an Adam Darton (left) double helped Jubilee Rangers win 3-1 at Renegade Football. Rangers had already missed a couple of good chances before Darton hit a real stunner to put them ahead. He soon added his second, but Renegade got back into it with a Mikey Vella strike. Both teams didn’t hold back and it could have gone either way, but it was Jubilee that finally made sure the points came their way with a Rob O’Neill strike.

A Liam Moorhouse double helped Shakey to 5-0 victory over Prince of Wales. Shakey never gave their visitors a breather and further goals came from Michael Taylor, Kyle Hardwick and Jordan Smith. Beighton Magpies completed the double over Wadsley Jack Athletic with a 2-1 victory. Magpies took the lead midway through the first half with a good finish into the bottom left hand corner from Jack Longdon's right boot and they doubled the lead in the second half when a Keir Storey corner was headed home by Will Simpson. Reece James pulled one back for Wadsley, but stand in keeper Danny King again having an excellent game for Magpies they held on.

13 DEC - CBC PREMIER - Earl Ripp Civil to shreds and Norton hold Redmires - On a day when many games in all three divisions were postponed due to waterlogged pitches, it was a case of extremes in the CPC Premier. Alex Rippon (left) hit five as Royal Earl tore Civil Sports to shreds to win 11-1. It was a very one sided affair, with Steve Brammer getting a hat-trick along with singles for Michael Towey, William Wraith and Sam Smiths netting the best with a beautiful flick from a Michael Towey pull back. Player Manager Gary Eades netted with a 30 yard free-kick for Civil, but it was little consolation to them.

Set against that was champions Redmires, who were held to their first goalless draw for 18 seasons by Norton Sportsman. As the score suggests it was a very tight game between two well organised sides. It was backs against wall for Redmires with five of their defenders and leading scorer Tom Whiting missing. Ben Palmer made a rare start and put in a man of the match performance and assistant manager Stephan Parry had to play the last 15 minutes. Norton probably had the better of the few chances created, with the best a Tiago Bravo deflected shot hitting the bar.

Leaders Crookes were awarded a 3-0 victory over Wadsley Bridge Pheasant after Pheasant failed to raise a team.

13 DEC - DIVISION 1 - Handsworth Inn go top as Bohemians smash Cotts perfect record - Despite being held to a 1-1 draw by Intake Old Boys, Handsworth Inn Pub's point was enough to take them to the top of Division One. Handsworth took the lead just after half time when Kieran Gallagher put in a great cross from the right and an Intake defender was only able to clear the ball to Sam Marsden who volleyed the ball home. Intake levelled with around ten minutes remaining with a Danny Meadows goal and only a great save by Handsworth keeper Andy Stevens (right) prevented Intake taking all three points.

Sam Brown helped New Bohemians smash previous leaders Cotts perfect record with a 5-1 victory over them. Cotts almost took a first minute lead when Mikey Blythen tried an audacious lob from 55 which beat the keeper, but bounced over the bar. A minute later they did go ahead when a corner led to Sam Stacey hitting an unstoppable shot from the corner of the area into the bottom left corner of the goal.

Bohemians hit back instantly when James Hastings crossed for Sam Smith to finish into the bottom corner and, when the Cotts keeper played a terrible pass out, an almost carbon copy saw Sam Brown put them ahead before half-time. After the break it was Bohemians that dominated. They extended their lead when Matt Beck cut in to smash past the keeper and then produced the goal of the game when a terrific passing move was finished off calmly by Brown. After being put through one-on-one, Tom Cropper scored his first goal for the club to complete the scoring.

FC Inter went third after two James Leesley (left) goals helped them to a 5-2 victory at Brinsworth Phoenix. Jack Hawkes took his season’s tally to twelve with both Phoenix goals, but even he was outshone by Leesley. Ben Southwell, Sam Read and an own goal completed the scoring for Inter to give them the points and a place in the promotion slots.

13 DEC - DIVISION 2 - Nether Green's perfect record ended as they were held by Whitehill - Division Two leaders Nether Green's perfect record came to an end after a late Brinsworth Whitehill penalty gave them a 2-2 draw and second place. Brinsworth started the better and chances were flowing. Ross Johnson found Ainsley Finney but the striker blasted wide. Matt Claxton was then denied by a good save by the Nether Green keeper and it was Claxton again when he was put clean through on goal, but the in-form striker got it drastically wrong and fired wide of goal. Brinsworth continued pushing for a goal before half time, but again missed a sitter when Ross Johnson fired over from close range.

The second half saw Brinsworth finally take a deserved lead when Claxton’s inch perfect ball allowed Adam Daughtrey to coolly slot home. This fired life into Nether Green and they piled the pressure on without really troubling Brinsworth’s debutant keeper Jon Reed. Nether Green did eventually get an equaliser from a corner, with George Cantwell forcing the ball home. Both teams went searching for a winner and it was Nether Green who thought they had it with ten minutes remaining when a set piece was finished off by Harry Pollard. Brinsworth kept on going though and in the last seconds Matt Claxton was brought down in the area, allowing Finney (right) to coolly slot it away.

Another draw came as Beighton Magpies came away from Prince of Wales with a 1-1 draw. Both teams put in everything they had in a riveting game, with Prince scoring first when Stefan Briddock scrambled the ball home from a corner midway through the first half. Magpies equalised before half-time through Liam Milne and in the second half Magpies missed the chance to win the game from the penalty spot when the Prince keeper made an excellent save. More chances came and went for both sides with Magpies stand in keeper Danny King earning his man-of-the award with some good saves and excellent handling in wet and windy conditions.

Niall Wilkinson starred with two goals as Wadsley Jack Athletic made it three wins out of four with an 8-4 victory over Woodhouse Juniors. George Scott also scored twice, including one of his trademark free-kicks, and Wadsley’s others came from Lewis Smith, Jacob Walkland, a debut goal for Jordan Swinburn and a screamer into the top corner from Sonny MacDonald. Woodhouse did their best to stay in the game with two from Billy Wakefield and one each for Dan Howson and Dan Lockwood, but Wadsley’s firepower proved too much for them.

6 DEC - CBC PREMIER - Norton find some Pryde to hold the leaders, while Cobden come from 3 down to win - Joel Purkiss (right) hit a hat-trick for CBC Premier leaders Crookes but it wasn't enough as Norton Sportsman twice came from behind to rescue a point with a Connor Pryde (left) strike giving them a 3-3 draw. Purkiss struck twice in the first twenty minutes to put Crookes in charge, but an unfortunate own goal just before half time gave Norton Sportsman just the lift they needed. Sportsman equalised midway through the second half when Harry Mitchell smashed home from the edge of the area, but Purkiss quickly put Crookes back in front. It looked as if it would be enough, but Sportsman gave their all and Pryde headed a deserved equaliser in injury time.

Despite falling three goals down at Oughtibridge WM, Dom Paterson and Tim Pitt doubles helped Cobden View hit back to win 5-3 and secure their first ever win in the top flight. Terrific strikes by Brad Fletcher and Charlie Cope quickly had Oughtibridge in charge and when Chas Tunnard made it three after just 25 minutes Oughtibridge looked certain to be collecting their first win of the season. A comeback looked unlikely as Oughtibridge had other chances, but Cobden View got a foothold in the game when Dom Patterson slid in to give them hope just before half-time.

The second half was all Cobden. Two corners got them level as confusion reigned in the Oughtibridge box and Patterson and then Pitt got vital touches in goal mouth scrambles. With Alex Pursehouse pulling all the strings in midfield, Cobden sensed it was there for the taking and Pitt added a fourth at the back post before sub Will Cutler rounded off a great victory. Referee Gareth Thomas also drew praise for his handling of the game.

6 DEC - DIVISION 1 - Shackshaft winner sends Handsworth second and Brad shows Howe for Sixers – In Division One, Handsworth Inn Pub beat Boynton Sports 2-1 to go second in the table. Handsworth started the game really well and the game should have been over if it wasn't for the Boynton keeper. Twice he pulled off great saves to deny Sam Marsden and after another Marsden shot, Tom Smith scored the rebound but was judged to be offside. The keeper then saved a Tom Smith shot from the edge of the area before a Ryan Goodinson cross was headed wide by Lou Jackson. Despite all that Handsworth pressure it was Boynton that took the lead. Curtis Priday nutmegged his marker before firing in a shot that was blocked, but the rebound fell to Ross Thompson who made no mistake. Handsworth levelled before half time when a scramble in the box allowed Russ Hobson to drill the ball home

Hobson started the second half by firing over from 12 yards and Jas Colliver went close from a long range effort and with ten minutes remaining Sam Marsden’s brilliant through ball found substitute Ben Shackshaft (right) and he raced clear to calmly slot the ball past the onrushing keeper into the bottom left corner for the winner.

Referee Alan Hull was praised by both teams as FC Inter climbed to fourth when a Sam Read second half double gave them a derby 2-0 win over Intake Old Boys and fifth is Brinsworth Phoenix after two Jack Hawkes goals helped them to a 4-2 victory over New Bohemians. John Mellor gave Phoenix the lead with a shot that went in off the bar before Hawkes doubled the lead with a free-kick. The second half saw Sam Firth celebrate his return to the side with an exquisite lob to make it three before Hawkes netted his second. Zach Burns and Sam Smith both scored consolations for Bohemians in the last five minutes.

Brad Howe (right) scored four as Sheffield Sixers gained their first home win of the season with a 7-0 victory over Colley. Howe got the ball rolling and Tommy Davies added a second before Howe added two more to complete his hat-trick. Andre Garwood-Hastings made it five before half time and after the break Howe added his fourth before Danny Barnsley completed the scoring.

6 DEC - DIVISION 2 - Reds go second, with other wins for Jubilee and Shakey - Mosborough Reds won the S20 derby at Beighton Magpies 3-1 to go second in Division Two. After a goalless first half, Mosborough grabbed the lead when Jak Hotchin’s long throw was headed home by Alix Sorsby (left). A penalty for handball allowed Hotchin to double the lead from the spot, but Magpies hit back when Danny King’s overhead kick flew into the net. Beighton went in search of an equaliser, but they were caught by a quick break that saw James Arrand complete the scoring. Both teams drew praise from referee John Reeves.

There was another derby win as Adam Darton and Harry Trotter goals gave Jubilee Rangers a 2-0 win at Wadsley Bridge Athletic. Shakey climbed away from the bottom three with a 5-2 home win over Woodhouse Juniors. The first half was all Shakey and they led 2-0 at the break thanks to Dan Booth and Dan Phelan strikes. The second half saw Liam Moorhouse and Kyle Hardwick make it 4-0, but Woodhouse clawed their way back into the game with Dan Howson and Ali Ahmed goals, but any thoughts of a comeback were halted by Steve Dickinson scoring Shakey’s fifth

2 DEC - Football can re-start - We have had confirmation that football can re-start, but because South Yorkshire is in Tier 3, any players that live outside South Yorkshire cannot play in South Yorkshire and players that live in South Yorkshire cannot play outside South Yorkshire. This woill lead to several cancellations and alterations to fixtures in December. Spectators must not attend your games.

2 DEC - Football can re-start - We have had confirmation that football can re-start, but because South Yorkshire is in Tier 3, any players that live outside South Yorkshire cannot play in South Yorkshire and players that live in South Yorkshire cannot play outside South Yorkshire. This woill lead to several cancellations and alterations to fixtures in December. Spectators must not attend your games.

1 DEC - Actions for clubs - There are two issues we have to contend with to make sure all our games can go ahead.

The first issue that we have is that we are still awaiting information about travel for sport in the Government Tiers system and until we do we cannot advise which games can go ahead, or not. You will possibly be contacted directly by the County FA once they have had guidance from The FA and we will also let everyone know as soon as we hear anything.

The second issue we have is that some venues have yet to decide if and when they are re-opening. Unless you have already had confirmation that your home venue is available on your home dates in December, tomorrow you need to try to find out if your home games in December can go ahead. For example we do already know that games at Warminster Road can all go ahead.

If you get confirmation that your home games can go ahead, or not, you should notify your opponents, referees and Keith immediately.



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