Ryan Hindley this week celebrated 12 months in charge at Hallam FC.
Hindley took over on October 6 last year, with Countrymen bottom of the table without a point from the opening 10 league games.
The rookie boss guided Hallam to the safety of mid-table, finishing with a very respectable 52 points from his first 32 games at the helm.
This season has seen Hallam get off to a flying start, winning six and drawing one of the opening seven games and going top of Division One.
Wednesday’s evening 5-1 home victory against Rossington Main lifted the Countrymen back up to second in the table.
“Its been a good journey,” said Hindley, whose win ratio is 56 per cent.
“The people at the club make it very enjoyable. But I couldn’t have done it without the help and support of the committee, and especially our chairman Steve Basford.
“I’ve learned a lot along the way but I know I’ve still got a lot more to learn.
“I try and make the right decisions that are best for the team and the club and I have to say the lads response has been fantastic. We’re in good shape and are attendances are up so I must be getting something right!
“Long may that continue.”
Michael Blythen scored his second hat-trick in five days in Hallam’s 5-1 victory over Rossington Main.
Handsworth Parramore missed out on the chance to go level on points with Premier Division leader Tadcaster Albion after being held to a 2-2 draw at Clipstone, a result which extended the Ambers’ unbeaten run to 10 games in league and cup.
A stunning volley from James Ashmore 14 minutes from time earned Clipstone a share of the spoils.
Armthorpe Welfare slipped into the bottom two following a 5-1 home defeat against Barton Town Old Boys, although it was a scoreline that flattered the visitors somewhat. Tom McLaughon scoring what proved to be a consolation effort just after the hour that had pulled it back to 2-1.
Maltby Main ended a run of three league defeats on the spin, beating bottom of the table Brigg Town 2-1 thanks to Liam Flint’s winner two minutes from time.
Penistone Church stretched their unbeaten league run to nine games after coming from a goal down to win 2-1 at fancied AFC Mansfield. Andy Barlow grabbed the decisive goal with 12 minutes from time to keep Penistone firmly in the Division One play off places.
Dronfield Town were brought crashing back to earth with a 4-0 defeat at Hemsworth MW following a three match wining run.