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11 MAY - Spartans win the Championship - The Spartans have won the South Yorkshire Ability Counts 5-a-side Championship. They were unbeaten all season to take their first trophy since joining the League 7 years ago.

11 MAY - Dave on the mend - The Handsworth Old Crown skipper Dave Haggerty (left) injured in last night's final at Bramall Lane was released from hospital in the early hours of Friday morning and now awaits a meeting with a specialist to decide if surgery is needed on his cheekbone. Everyone is thankful that he is back home and we wish him a speedy recovery - good luck Dave

10 MAY - LEAGUE TWENTYTWO CUP FINAL - Pheasant take the Crown from Handsworth, but we wish Dave well - In front of a Bramall Lane crowd of 500, the 2018 Super Draw Sunday Sports League twentytwo Cup final saw Wadsley Bridge Pheasnat become two-time winners of the trophy with a 2-0 win over last season’s winners Handsworth Old Crown. Goals either side of half time from Jordan Turner and Josh Statham saw Pheasant complete the triple over Old Crown having beaten them twice already this season in the CBC Premier Division.

The game got off to the worst possible start when, after just three minutes, Handsworth skipper David Haggerty was accidentally kicked in the head by a team mate and an ambulance was immediately called. Referee Jack Hall had to halt play for an hour whilst the 27 year old was treated by medical personnel.

Once the game restarted it took a while for the game to kick in to gear but on 24 minutes it burst into life as Jordan Turner skipped past an out stretched challenge and poked past Tom Crosby in the Handsworth goal to give Pheasant the lead in front of the Kop.

Handsworth were presented with an excellent chance to restore parity 10 minutes on when Ryan Goodinson was upended just outside the area. The subsequent free kick was struck by Stocks and goalkeeper Joel Statham did very well to push his shot past the post. Moments later the Old Crown came close again as Matt Ellis flicked on a direct pass in behind for James Leesley who beat the 'keeper to the ball but could only lift the ball over the bar and his side went into half time trailing.

Wadsley Bridge almost doubled their lead on two occasions in the opening stages of the second half as first Adam Askwith teed up John Travis, but the forward lashed over. Moments later Askwith was involved again as his 25 yard shot was saved by Crosby low to his right. The best chance of the half arrived on 63 minutes as a long throw by Man of the Match Andy Dawson was flicked on by Josh Statham at the front post and Carl Andrews was presented with a free header from six yards but could only nod wide of the goal. Wadsley Bridge sealed the win and the cup with seven minutes remaining, as Dawson's corner was met powerfully by Josh Statham who headed home to spark wild celebrations from the Pheasant dug out.

Wadsley Bridge Pheasant: Joel Statham, Evans, Donough, Josh Statham, Andrews, Antcliffe, Fothergill, Dawson (Capt), Turner, Askwith, Travis. Subs: Livett, Bingley, Parrott, Slater, Clayden.

Handsworth Old Crown: Crosby, D Leesley, Golland, Taylor, Haggerty (Capt), Miskell, J Leesley, Stocks, Hobson, Ellis, Goodinson. Subs: Smith, Sills, Bowler, Emson, Shackshaft.

Referee: Jack Hall. Assistant Referees: Chris Rose & Steve Clarkson. 4th Official: Matt Tyers

Action from the game is below - pictures by Mark Rodgers:

 CBC PREMIER - Stannington take the title - but only just, while Redmires push Civil nearer the edge - S

Stannington Village (left) finally took the CBC Premier title for a second consecutive season with victory in a nine goal thriller, but they were given an almighty scare by a Penistone Church with only pride to play for. Lewis Dickinson gave Penistone the lead, but it was cancelled out when Alex Torr went through and although his shot was saved, it rebounded to Dean Jepson to tuck away. Mitch Savage put Church back in front until a free kick was swung in and Shaun Flynn headed over the keeper to make it 2-2. Church shocked Stannington again when Elliott Firth put them in front for a third time and with Jepson missing from six yards before the Church keeper then made a miraculous save to deny him again. Alex Torr hit the post twice, but Church held their lead at the break. The second half saw Stannington come out all guns blazing and they were soon rewarded when a corner fell kindly for Flynn to equalise again. Flynn then turned provider for Alex Torr to put Stannington in front and when Jepson headed on for Torr to net his second it look like Stannington could relax. They were then given a shock though as Dickinson netted his second for Church, but Stannington held on to pip Wadsley Bridge Pheasant to the title.

Civil Sports A was pushed closer to the drop from the CBC Premier with a 5-2 defeat at Redmires. Josh Corker gave Civil an early lead, but strikes by George Rudd and Jake Schofield had Redmires ahead at the break. Jake Gamban increased Redmires lead before Gary Eades netted Civil’s second, but further goals by Jon Wall and Gamban completed Redmires victory.

DIVISION 1 - Oughtibridge's late, late show sees them take the title - Division One also had a dramatic finale with Oughtibridge WM (right) taking the title in a late explosion of goals at title rivals Chapeltown RBL. Only victory would give Oughtibridge the title and they led through a Danny Booth goal going into the final minute, but Ash Burbeary was brought down in the area and Danny Cardwell equalised from the spot. Three minutes into added time Ross Brown headed 'Bridge back in front, but their celebrations were cut very short as Chapeltown went straight down the pitch and Joe Moorhouse curled the ball home from 25 yards to level a second time. At this point it looked like the title was heading to Norton Sportsman, but just as the onlooking Norton players and supporters were celebrating, this time it was Oughtibridge's turn to go straight down the pitch and with just seconds remaining Brown scored his second header to give the title to Oughtibridge, leaving Sportsman in second and Chapeltown in third. All three are promoted to the CBC Premier next season.

DIVISION 2 - Whites leave Chantrey in a State - Danny State took his season's tally to 19 with a magnificent seven goals as Mosborough Whites continued their quest to finish the season a place higher than local rivals Mosborough Reds with a 10-0 victory over Woodseats Chantrey. Whites others came from Danny Howson, Jordan Meadows and Chris Calcott.

6 MAY - CBC PREMIER - Dan's the man to put Stannington back in charge of the title race - Stannington Village now look favourites to retain the CBC Premier title after Dan Green put them on their way to a narrow 2-1 victory over their last remaining challengers, Wadsley Bridge Pheasant. Pheasant went into the game knowing that victory would see them lift the title, but a scrappy first half saw Stannington have a few half chances, with  Bill Green heading over from an Alex Torr corner and Charlie Hobson having a shot well saved by the Pheasant keeper.

After the break Stannington took the lead when Lee Johnstone’s ball down the left hand side found Alex Torr and he squared for Dan Green to bundle it home. They doubled their lead when Lee Johnstone sent Alex Torr away and although his shot hit the post it struck a Pheasant defender and rebounded into his own net. Pheasant tried to get back into it but the Village defence held firm until two minutes from time when Jordan Turner pulled one back, but Stannington held on and victory over Penistone Church in their final game will see them retain the title.

Wickersley Youth's hopes of a Runners-up finish were ended when they could only draw at Handsworth Old Crown. Crown took the lead half way through the first half when Matt Ellis scored from close range, but Wickersley replied immediately with Michael Cuckson drawing them level. The second half saw Dan Leesley put Crown back in front when he went through 1 on 1 with the keeper, but Wickersley hit back again through Cory Goodwin. Crown’s secret weapon, their 46 year old player manager Lee Machin (right), put Crown in front a third time with a low shot in the bottom corner, but Wickersley got the point they deserved with a Dan Crompton strike two minutes from time. It meant that Wickersley will finish in a highest ever third place and gave Crown the perfect warm-up for their League twentytwo Cup Final at Bramall Lane.

DIVISION 1 - Ross rushes back to help Oughtibridge to a record - Still top is Oughtibridge WM after their 6-1 victory at Cotts FC took their season’s tally to 116 so far. Callum Chambers and Matt Harrison both missed good chances to give ‘Bridge the lead before they were given a shock when Chris Blythen put Cotts ahead. They weren’t behind for long though as Ollie Black and Chas Tunnard combined to set up Ross Brown to equalise. ‘Bridge then the lead before half time when Harrison was felled in the box and Chambers scored from the spot. Chambers netted his 32nd of the season to double the lead before Harrison put the perfect cross for Brown, who had rushed back from Whitby to play, to head his second. Black then made it five before Harrison deservedly put his name on the score sheet.

Also among the goals was the third title contender, Chapeltown RBL, who disposed of Civil Sports A 11-2. Ash Burbeary (left) hit a double hat-trick, while Joe Long, Dale Shaw, Neil Boote and Brad Beatson with a brace, hit RBL’s others while Josh Buxton and Chris Haines hit Civil’s consolation goals. That left Chapeltown level on points with second place Sportsman, with both of them a point behind leaders Oughtibridge and the title will be decided in midweek, when Chapeltown entertain Oughtibridge. If there is a winner, they will be crowned champions, but if they draw and Norton Sportsman beat Cotts, Norton will be champions. All three will be promoted whatever the outcome.

The day’s other Division One game also produced seven goals with Southey Social pipping Cobden View 4-3.John Mellor with an early header put Southey ahead, but it was cancelled out by Josh Limbrick when he seized on a back-pass to roll the ball into the empty net. Byron Mullen with a 20 yard strike put Southey ahead again by half time, but after the break Tim Pitt drew Cobden level again. Ryan Whitney put Southey in front a third time, but in the final minute Ben Mayne hit a skidded shot into bottom corner to bring Cobden level again. Just as Cobden thought they would take home a point, Southey went forward from the kick-off and a Ryan Whitney ball fed man of the match John Mellor to smash home the winner.

DIVISION 2 - Mosborough Reds look to secure fourth - Mosborough Reds defeated Boynton Sports 3-2 to go fourth. Scott Williams’ header from a Josh Smith corner gave Reds a ninth minute lead and although Jake Ballinger drew Boynton level, Reds led at half time when another Smith corner was headed home by Alex Sorsby. Midway through the second half, Smith dinked it over keeper from penalty spot to put Reds 3-1 ahead and although Danny Lonsdale pulled one back for Boynton, Reds held on for the points. The only team that can overtake them is Mosborough Whites, which should make for an interesting game when they meet later this month.


Preview of Forthcoming Games

10 May

The Blades Super Draw League twentytwo Cup Final at Bramall Lane between Wadsley Bridge Pheasant and Handsworth Old Crown, is set for Thursday 10 May, with a 7:30 kick-off. Handsworth are the holders, while Pheasant won it the season before and although Pheasant have done the double over Handsworth this season, the final promises to be a close game between two quality teams. Jordan Livett netted a hat-trick as Pheasant beat Division One Norton Sportsman 3-1 in the semi-finals, while keeper Tom Crosby proved to be Crown's hero in their semi-final against Crookes FC by making the vital save for Crown to win a penalty shoot-out 5-4 after their tie ended 2-2 after extra time. Admission will be just £5, but free for accompanied children under 16.

13 - 20 May

The big games this weekend could settle who goes down from the CBC Premier. Civil Sports A know they probably have to win their home game with Intake Old Boys as the other two, Norton Oaks A and Woodseats Club meet each other. Anything other than victory for Oaks will see them go down, but even that won’t be enough if Civil win. If Woodseats win, they will be safe if Civil have lost in midweek at Redmires and then fail to beat Intake.

The other outstanding decision is Runners-up in Division Two. It will go to Forum if they win at home to Boynton Sports, but if they don’t take maximum points, it will go to Royal Earl if they win at Mosborough Whites and even a point would be enough for Earl if Forum are beaten by Boynton.

In midweek, if Mosborough Whites can beat Shakey on Tuesday, the Thursday night clash of Mosborough Whites and Mosborough Reds could decide which of them finishes highest.

The final game of the season is on Sunday 20 May and dependent on earlier results it could see Civil Sports A needing points to stay up and visitors Wadsley Bridge Pheasant needing victory to take the title.


06-May CBC PREMIER Hdswth Old Crown v Wickersley Youth; Penistone Church v Woodseats Club; Stannington Village v WB Pheasant DIVISION 1 Chapeltown RBL v Civil Sports B; Cotts FC v Oughtibridge WM; Southey Social v Cobden View DIVISION 2 Forum FCCO v Woodhouse JFC; Mosborough Reds v Boynton Sports; Woodseats Chantrey v W Horse & Jockey

10-May CBC PREMIER Redmires v Civil Sports A; Stannington Village v Penistone Church DIVISION 1 Chapeltown RBL v Oughtibridge WM; Cotts FC v Norton Sportsman DIVISION 2 Mosborough Whites v Woodseats Chantrey

13-May CBC PREMIER Civil Sports A v Intake Old Boys; Norton Oaks A v Woodseats Club; Wickersley Youth v Penistone Church DIVISION 1 Cotts FC v Norton Oaks B DIVISION 2 Boynton Sports v Forum; Cadbury v Woodhouse JFC; Mosborough Whites v Royal Earl

15-May DIVISION 2 Mosborough Whites v Shakey

17-May DIVISION 2 Mosborough Whites v Mosborough Reds

20-May CBC PREMIER Civil Sports A v Wadsley Bridge Pheasant




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