Two eight-goal thrillers saw Parkgate and Dinnington Town clock up their first league victories of the season. Parkgate scored three times late on to beat Armthorpe Welfare 5-3 at Green Lane, while Town won by the same scoreline at Rossington Main where new signing Danny McKenzie a debut first half hat-trick.
Nicky Darker headed Parkgate into a ninth minute lead before Armthorpe hit back through a Sam Colbear tap in 12 minutes later. Chris Wood restored the home sides lead from an Ashley Worsfold cross to send the home side in 2-1 up at the break.
Parity was restored through Adam Lee from the edge of the box with Armthorpe edging in front on 53 minutes courtesy of a Richard Smith header.
Just past the hour Parkgate’s Danny Cardwell was sent off following a challenge on Leo Fortune-West with Danny Mansaram also going for an early bath for his reaction. It was all square once more on 80 minutes when Ashley Worsfold volleyed home then Wood grabbed his second of the game six minutes later to put Parkgate back in front before Worsfold also hit his second of the match to wrap up the points. (Full analysis in Grassroots in Thursday’s Star).
Staveley Miners Welfare sit on top of the Premier Division table after coming from behind to beat Selby Town 3-1 at Inkersall road to make it three wins from three. Craig Aspinall put the visitors in front inside the first minute but despite losing leading scorer Ryan Damms to injury on the half hour mark, substitute Chris Coy put the Miners back on level terms two minutes before the break getting in front of his marker to steer the ball home. Joe Thornton edged the hosts in front on 80 minutes with a fine 20-yard effort with Jordan Eagers making the points safe with the third on 89 minutes after great work by Andy Fox in going past three defenders.
With an identical goal-difference, Retford United are second only on goals scored after the Badgers made it maximum points from three games with a 1-0 win at Long Eaton United.
But they left it late with Adam Scott bagging the winner from the penalty spot in the 90th minute.
It’s three without a win now for Maltby Main after they slipped to a 2-0 defeat at Brighouse Town.
The Miners looked to be on their way to a hard earned point only to be hit by a late two-goal blast. Wayne Crossley’s spot-kick gave Brighouse an 84 minute lead then with Maltby pushing forward; the home side broke to wrap up the points through Steve Hollingworth inside the final minute.
In Division One, Handsworth maintained their early promotion push with a third win in four games as Russ Eagles men overcame stubborn Eccleshill United 2-1. Handsworth took the lead a minute before the break, Lee Hill converting from the penalty spot after Tom Roebuck had been upended in the area. Eccleshill hit back to level through Marcus Edwards on 65 minutes, but a minute later Sam Smith popped up to head home what proved to be the winner and lift Handsworth to fourth in the table.
Dinnington Town’s new signing, former Sheffield FC wide man Danny McKenzie, inspired his side to a 5-3 victory at Rossington Main. McKenzie beat the offside trap to give Dinnington a 14th minute lead then volleyed home his second. Rossington pulled one back on 25 minutes, Adam Wisdom bundling home before the home side restored parity 12 minutes later as Liam Charlton slotted home.
But Dinnington regained their lead with McKenzie completing his treble. McKenzie should have extended the lead but hit the post from the penalty spot. It looked a costly miss when Charlton put away a simple chance at the back stick for 3-3. However, Town substitute Antonio Fernandes took advantage of a poor kick from Rossington keeper Lee Appleby to restore the lead with Liam Cartledge getting on the end of a free-kick in the final minute.
Worsbrough Bridge Athletic lost 3-2 at Askern Villa as the hosts picked up their first points. Mark Vickerage gave Villa lead with Tom McLaughlin doubling the led. Worsbrough pulled one back through Lee Bailey but Jay Rollins ran clear to add Villa’s third before Shane Kelsey reduced the arrears.