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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.

Preview of Forthcoming Games

19 April

The Sunday Junior Cup Final at Stocksbridge Park Steels stadium on Thursday is an all-Blades Super Draw League affair for a second season in succession. It features two newcomers to the League, Mosborough Whites and Royal Earl. Earl started as one of the favourites to lift the trophy and quickly showed their power with a 7-0 victory over Division One Colley in Round One. Another Division One side, Ranch, was brushed aside in Round Two, Earl winning 6-2, but when they met a third Blades Super Draw Division One side, Oughtibridge WM it was a much closer 2-1 victory. It was back to normal in Round Four with Steve Brammer and Michael Towey both hitting hat-tricks in a 9-2 victory over Thrybergh. Oliver Beaumont was next to hit a hat-trick in the Quarter Final 5-1 victory over The Crown, Wath. The semi final saw them meet a fourth Blades Super Draw Division One side in Southey Social and after going behind to an early goal, they were unstoppable, winning 9-1 as Brammer took his total in the competition to eleven and Towey took his total to nine.

Mosborough Whites' name in the final is almost as unexpected as Earl's was expected. They started with a 4-1 win at Division One Cobden View and they were away again in Round Two as a Jack Bennett double gave them a narrow 2-1 win at Langold Lakeside. A third successive away tie saw Danny State hit a hat-trick in a 5-1 win at Thirsty Flame, but their first home tie was much closer with a single Callum Congreave goal giving them victory over Swallownest Village. The Quarter final saw them entertain a much fancied Swinton Robin Hood, but despite being reduced to nine men, two from State and one from Bennett saw them force a 3-3 draw before going through on penalties. The Semi-Final saw them travel to Barnsley Premier side Swaithe who were strong favourites to go through after beating Crookes in the previous round, but after trailing at the interval, Whites hit back with strikes from Chris Calcott, Jack Lenihan and Danny State to secure their spot in the showpiece Final.

22 April

The top game this weekend sees Wickersley Youth travel to fellow title contender Redmires. Wickersley came out on top when they met earlier in the season and if they did the double over their hosts it could end any realistic hopes Redmires have of taking the title and because a draw wouldn't really help either of them, you can expect both to go flat out for victory. Leaders Stannington Village travel to their old adversary Civil Sports A. Civil Have put a spoke in their wheels a couple of times in the past and with Civil urgently needing points to keep out of the bottom three they are certain to not give Stannington an easy time. Wadsley Bridge Pheasant also have a tricky looking away game at a Killamarsh Juniors that has lost just twice at home. Penistone Church will be hoping that their pitch has recovered in time to face Intake Old Boys as victory for Church will push them back into the title race. Norton Oaks A will be hoping to do their survival hopes a boost with victory at a Hallam side all but relegated. Woodseats Club have another chance to climb out of the bottom three at home to Handsworth Old Crown, although victory for Crown will mean they are virtually safe.

The big game in Division One sees fourth place Woodhouse Village entertain third place Oughtibridge WM. After losing two of their last three, Oughtibridge will be keen to avoid another defeat, but Woodhouse know that defeat for them would as good as end their promotion hopes. Second place Chapeltown RBL entertain a Southey Social that held them to a draw earlier in the season, while leaders Norton Sportsman might need to be careful when they entertain a Cotts side that won at Oughtibridge last weekend. Norton Oaks B will need to win their home game against an already relegated Civil Sports B to avoid getting sucked back into the bottom three, while victory for Cobden View at home to Ranch will guarantee their place in Division One next season.

Division Two's match of the day see Forum entertain fellow title contender Crookes FC. If Crookes have won their midweek game at Cadbury, promotion will have already been secured and another victory against Forum would put them on the brink of the title. Mosborough Whites will be hoping that Forum slip up as they could still pip them to promotion providing they win all their remaining games and Forum fail to win any of their's. Whites entertain a Boynton Sports they beat in midweek ten days ago and will start favourites to win again. Royal Earl will be hoping that Forum beat Crookes as they have played a game more than Crookes and need them to lose somewhere if Earl are to pip them to the title. Earl should win at Woodhouse Juniors and that would be good enough to seal promotion at least.

FIXTURES IN BRIEF

19-Apr SUNDAY FUNIOR CUP FINAL (at Stocksbridge Park Steels) Mosborough Whites v Royal Earl CBC PREMIER Intake Old Boys v Norton Oaks A; Redmires v Stannington Village; Wickersley Youth v Civil Sports A; Woodseats Club v Killamarsh Juniors DIVISION 1 Civil Sports B v Brinsworth Phoenix; Norton Sportsman v Chapeltown RBL; Ranch v Southey Social DIVISION 2 Cadbury v Crookes FC

22-Apr CBC PREMIER Civil Sports A v Stannington Village; Hallam FC v Norton Oaks A; Killamarsh Juniors v WB Pheasant; Penistone Church v Intake Old Boys; Redmires v Wickersley Youth; Woodseats Club v Hdswth Old Crown DIVISION 1 Chapeltown RBL v Southey Social; Cobden View v Ranch; Norton Oaks B v Civil Sports B; Norton Sportsman v Cotts FC; Woodhouse Village v Oughtibridge WM DIVISION 2 Forum FCCO v Crookes FC; Mosborough Whites v Boynton Sports; Woodhouse JFC v Royal Earl

26-Apr CBC PREMIER Redmires v Intake Old Boys; Civil Sports A v Norton Oaks A   DIVISION 1 Norton Oaks B v Brinsworth Phoenix; Woodhouse Village v Southey Social DIVISION 2 Crookes FC v Mosborough Whites

29-Apr CBC PREMIER Intake Old Boys v Civil Sports A; Norton Oaks A v Hdswth Old Crown; Stannington Village v Killamarsh Juniors; WB Pheasant v Redmires; Wickersley Youth v Hallam; Woodseats Club v Penistone Church DIVISION 1 Chapeltown RBL v Woodhouse Village; Civil Sports B v Ranch; Cobden View v Brinsworth Phoenix; Cotts FC v Southey Social; Norton Oaks B v Colley; Norton Sportsman v Oughtibridge WM DIVISION 2 Crookes FC v Boynton Sports; Forum FCCO v Mosborough Whites; W Horse & Jockey v Royal Earl; Woodhouse JFC v Mosborough Reds

03-May CBC PREMIER Civil Sports A v Hdsworth Old Crown; Stannington Village v Norton Oaks A DIVISION 2 Mosborough Whites v Mosborough Reds

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

10-May DIVISION 2 Mosborough Whites v Woodseats Chantrey

13-May CBC PREMIER Norton Oaks A v Woodseats Club; Stannington Village v Penistone Church; WB Pheasant v Hallam FC DIVISION 1 Cotts FC v Norton Oaks B DIVISION 2 Boynton Sports v Forum

 

 

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