Brian Bradley’s Non-League Football Notes: Clubs feel Christmas chill as Park settle for point

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Winter set in last Saturday with only three of our clubs playing- and with only one draw and two defeats plus no goals scored, I have no doubt they too wished they had not played!

This weekend sees all eight of our clubs in action and hopefully playing, because the consequences of more postponements could have dire effects on our clubs. In the Evo-Stik Leagues Division One South, Stocksbridge Park dominated their home game Chase Town, but their old failing of not scoring meant they had to settle for a point after a goalless game.

Then on Tuesday I watched them face next-to-bottom club Kidsgrove Athletic at Their Look Local Stadium and draw 1-1, with Brandon Cardwell scoring their opening goal.

On Saturday they begin a run of three away games over the holiday period as they travel to the team one place below them in the table, Rainworth Miners Welfare.

Sheffield FC saw their home game against Stafford Rangers washed away again and there is no doubt that the club will face another crisis like last season if the weather continues.

Their poor drainage system is costing them dearly. They have played only three home games since October 1 and although they will have games in hand, playing twice a week is not good for the players and their revenue will drop as well.

On Saturday they travel to inform Lincoln United who will be keen to complete a winning double over Club.

In the Toolstations NCEL Division One I visited Sandygate for Hallam’s encounter against Bottesford Town - which was called off 15 minutes before kick off, with both teams wanting to play.

The replacement referee said no, and at least the original official, who reportedly put the wrong fuel in his car before kick off, didn’t have a wasted journey.

It - the game being called off, not the referee’s petrol troubles - was particularly disappointing for manager Ryan Hindley and his players, who - after two five-goal victories - were up for the game. They must now play two of their three holiday games away, starting at second-placed Clipstone FC on Saturday.

In Division One Handsworth Parramore’s five match winning run was washed away by the tide at Bridlington Town on Saturday after a cruel 1-0 defeat.

They played well enough but could not find the net again. On Saturday they have a great home game against third placed Shaw Lane Aqua Force in what looks a real test of character for both teams.

Elsewhere, Parkgate were another club to be robbed off a great home derby game against neighbours Staveley as their pitch was flooded.