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18 MAR - All games postponed - All the League and Sheffield FA Sunday Cup games were postponed due to the snow. The Sunday Cup ties will try again next weekend. This means some of next Sunday's League games will change and the referees for our League Twentytwo Cup ties will also change.

11 MAR - CBC PREMIER - Redmires put leaders at their Whit's end - CBC Premier leaders Wadsley Bridge Pheasant had a golden chance to extend their lead at the top when they visited last season’s runners-up Redmires. However, it did not go to plan as the home side recorded a 3-1 win. Tom Whiting was the man of the moment for Dave Knaggs’ men with a well taken double, whilst Andy Bath added a third. Pheasant did get a consolation through Lewis Fothergill in the closing stages, but it was a major jolt to the visitors’ title aspirations. Action from the game is below - pictures by Mick Moat.

With second placed Wickersley’s home game against Civil Sports A succumbing to a waterlogged pitch and a postponement, current champions Stannington Village closed within two points of the top two with a 6-2 away win at a Woodseats Club team struggling at the bottom end of the table. Goals from Dan Green and Cory Mann put Village two goals to the good at half time and they added four more in the second thanks to Dean Jepson, Alex Torr, Arnie Grayson and Danny Smith. Woodseats got some respectability with strikes form Owen and Turner but Stannington are seemingly moving into a groove now and will fancy their chances of retaining the CBC Premier title; especially with a game in hand on the leaders.

Intake Old Boys pushed Norton Oaks A further into the drop zone with a 5-3 away triumph. Liam Paterson gave Oaks the lead with a penalty but then Jonny Roper and Mark West combined for three straight goals which put the visitors well in command, West scoring twice and Roper once. A superb long-range effort from Joe Turner flew into the top corner for 1-4 before Paterson’s second reduced the arrears. West completed his hat-trick with a superbly taken individual effort when he danced his way through the Oaks defence before slotting the ball under the advancing keeper; yet Paterson had the final goal completing his hat-trick but not enough to save his team from defeat. Action from the game is below - pictures courtesy of Norton Oaks.

A second half blitz helped Handsworth Old Crown to a 7-0 win at bottom placed Hallam FC which pushes the home side nearer to relegation. They did battle well in the first half and restricted Handsworth to a single goal, but the second half was a destruction. David Sills, Russell Hobson and Matt Ellis all bagged braces whilst James Leesley ensured the visitors went home with a comprehensive win under their belts.

DIVISION 1 - Legion at Long last end Sportsman's unbeaten record - Division One leaders Norton Sportsman suffered their first ever league defeat after a 36 match unbeaten run as Joe Long scored the winner for second place Chapeltown RBL, leaving them as the League's only unbeaten team this season. Chapeltown RBL now trail by just three points and have two games in hand over Sportsman. Jack Waymouth gave Norton the lead when he got the all-important decisive touch after a scramble, but Legion were on level terms when former Civil Sports B striker Jed Phillips rose highest to meet a Niall Smith left wing cross and power a header home. Smith had a hand in the winner too, laying the ball off to Joe Long who rifled home a twenty-yard effort into the top corner. Sportsman pushed for an equaliser but Legion custodian Ben Palmer ensured his side would celebrate the win with a series of sensational saves when the visitors found a way through.

Also three points behind and with two games in hand are third placed Oughtibridge WM as they recorded a 3-0 triumph at the expense of a battling Norton Oaks B. Ross Brown gave Oughtibridge the lead with a superb effort from the edge of the area which gave the Oaks keeper no chance whatsoever, before top scorer Callum Chambers was teed up by Brown for number two. The points were secured thanks to Ollie Black, Black firing home a penalty after Chambers had been brought down in the area.

Oaks' chances weren't helped as Ranch eased their relegation fears with the help of a Matt Jacobs hat-trick in their 9-0 victory over Colley. Ranch's other goals came from Chris Wajs, Tyrone Gunter, Tom Burns, Josh Naylor, Mike Vella and Jay Lindsay. Cotts FC's run of four wins out of five was brought to a halt as a Ben Bell double helped Cobden View to a 4-1 victory over them Ben Bell rang true for the home team with a double, whilst Ben Mayne and Will Cutler were also on target. Michael Blythen netted for Cotts but they could make little headway against a Cobden side who deserved the points despite finishing the game with ten men.

DIVISION 2 - Earl lord it at the top, while Boynton have a Ball - Division Two has its third leaders in as many weeks after a Steve Brammer and Tom Nolan trebles helped Royal Earl to a 9-1 victory at Woodseats Chantry and the top of the table. Earl's others came from Gareth Simons, Mike Towey and Callum Greaves whilst Chantrey's goal came from Rory Nolan.

Another hat-trick star in Division Two was Jake Ballinger of Boynton Sports as they kept up their title bid by recording a 5-0 win at Cadbury. Jermaine Modeste and Josh Jones also found the net. Shakey got themselves a much-needed win as they saw off Mosborough Whites 2-0 thanks to goals from Joe Woodhouse and Tyler Akroyd.

Preview of Forthcoming Games

18 March

Who is going to make it to Bramall Lane? Well we should know as it’s semi-final day in this season’s League Twentytwo Cup this weekend. In semi-final number one CBC Premier side and last season’s winners Handsworth Old Crown entertain Division Two Crookes FC. Old Crown started their defence with a 3-2 win over Division One side Cobden View in Round Two before repeating that scoreline at Hallam in Round Three. A 4-2 win over fellow CBC Premier side Norton Oaks A secured their place in the final four. Crookes though shouldn’t be discounted as they have knocked out teams from higher divisions en route to their first semi-final. An 11-1 win over Division One side Civil Sports B in Round Two was followed by a superb 2-0 win at current CBC Premier champions Stannington Village in the third round. They made it a Civil Sports double in the quarter final when they overcame the A version 3-1 so Crown might a tough assignment on their hands. Handsworth will look to their front trio of Russ Hobson, David Sills and Matt Ellis to provide the firepower, but they will need to be wary of Crookes' leading marksmen Liam Cartledge and Matt Cowen.

The second semi-final is also interestingly poised as Norton Sportsman from Division One play a Wadsley Bridge Pheasant side from the CBC Premier with eyes on a second CBC Premier and Twentytwo Cup double in three years. Norton needed a penalty shoot-out to see off CBC Premier Killamarsh Juniors in the second round before winning by the odd goal in seven at Division Two Mosborough Reds in the third. They made the semi-final with a 2-1 win over a second Division Two side in the shape of Boynton Sports. Pheasant’s route to the final four has also featured three close run games. A 3-1 home win over Division One Ranch set them on the way before a Jordan Turner winner was enough to knock out fellow CBC Premier side Redmires 2-1 in the third round. A place in the semi final was obtained in a seven goal thriller with Division One’s Chapeltown RBL with the winner coming deep in time added on.Norton will look to the prolific Brad Bowland to get their goals, while Adam Askwith is likely to be the big danger for Pheasant. Both ties are at the HSBC Sports Ground, Dore and both games kick-off at 11 am.

The Sunday Cups semi-finals will try again after last weekend's games fell victim to the snow. The semi-final of the County FA Sunday Senior Cup see Redmires trying to become the first Blades Super Draw League team to reach the final against Mexborough & District Sunday League's title favourites Westville and it's an intriguing tie as Redmires put them out in Round Four last season with a 6-5 victory in a penalty shoot-out after the sides had been deadlocked at 2-2. The winners will face the winner of Rotherham's Joker v Wombwell Main from Barnsley.

The League is certain to have at least one finalist in the Sunday Junior Cup as Division Two Royal Earl entertain Division One Southey Social. Despite being a division below their visitors, Earl will start favourites as they attempt to become possibly the first club to have won both the Senior and Junior Cups. The final could be an all-Blades Super Draw final for a second successive year as Division Two Mosborough Whites travel to Barnsley Premier League's Swaithe FC. It will be a tough ask for the Whites as Swaithe put out our Division Two title favourites Crookes FC in the quarter finals, but the Whites came through their quarter final against Swinton Robin Hood against all the odds so they shouldn't be ruled out.

With Pheasant in League Cup action we could see new leaders in the CBC Premier as second placed Wickersley have a winnable home league game. They host a Norton Oaks A side desperate for points to avoid the drop but Wickersley should have enough about them to win. Hallam FC’s relegation fears could all be but confirmed if Penistone Church defeat them as expected. Current champions Stannington Village have been in splendid form recently and will be fancied strongly to come away from Killamarsh with the points. Woodseats Club, like Norton Oaks A, need the points to dig themselves out of danger but visitors Intake Old Boys are capable of inflicting another loss on Club.

Into Division One and Chapeltown RBL should maintain their unbeaten run, and the League’s last one too, with an away win at Ranch. Ranch, if they win, could go fifth in the table so that could be inspiration to them as well. Oughtibridge WM should take maximum points at home when they host a Brinsworth Phoenix side still not out of relegation trouble whilst Woodhouse Village will be hoping to claw themselves back into the promotion race as they play a Norton Oaks B side, like Phoenix, involved a relegation scrap.

Division Two’s pick of the day sees fourth placed Forum host fifth placed Boynton Sports with only goal difference separating the sides. If either win, they could go third if current incumbents of that position Wadsley Horse and Jockey unexpectedly slip up at a Shakey side that have struggled this season. Woodhouse JFC will play host to Woodseats Chantrey in a re-arranged game, whilst Mosborough Reds should be too sweet for a Cadbury side that are one place but ten points adrift of their hosts.


25-Mar SENIOR SUNDAY CUP SEMI-FINAL Redmires v Westville JUNIOR SUNDAY CUP SEMI-FINALS Royal Earl v Southey Social;   Swaithe v Mosborough Whites TWENTYTWO CUP SEMI-FINALS Hdswth Old Crown v Crookes FC; Norton Sportsman v WB Pheasant CBC PREMIER Killamarsh Juniors v Stannington Village; Penistone Church v Hallam FC; Wickersley Youth v Norton Oaks A; Woodseats Club v Intake Old Boys DIVISION 1 Oughtibridge WM v Brinsworth Phoenix; Ranch v Chapeltown RBL; Woodhouse Village v Norton Oaks B DIVISION 2 Forum FCCO v Boynton Sports; Mosborough Reds v Cadbury; Shakey v W Horse & Jockey; Woodhouse JFC v Woodseats Chantrey




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