Rain pain for local clubs as Hallam win in midweek

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For the second week in a row the weather was cruel to our clubs, with only three playing their games - as two drew and one lost, just to add to our fans’ misery.

Even a small break in the weather in midweek failed to help our clubs, as only three were due to play. And with the promise of more bad weather heading our way, Saturday’s excellent looking fixtures could be wiped out again.

That leaves many of our clubs facing cashflow problems and despite a glut of fixtures to come, let us remember that night matches bring with them a pile of problems.

For instance players face work clashes, long journeys at night mean their clubs play weakened sides and the crowds are much reduced in the evenings.

And with work, so many matches to choose from and other commitments, our clubs are left to count the cost.

But life goes on, as the saying goes, and in the Evo-Stik Division One South, Sheffield FC put three successive defeats behind them as they drew 2-2 at fifth-placed Leek Town on Saturday.

They must build on this now on Saturday when they entertain Goole AFC.

Stocksbridge Park’s manager Chris Hilton is really frustrated with another match at Bracken Moor lost to the weather, leaving them without a game so far in January.

They entertain fifth-placed Stafford Rangers on Saturday.

In the Toolstation NCEL First Division, Hallam have not played for two weeks after a seven match run in which they lost only once, whilst neighbours Worsbrough Bridge have played only once at home since mid-November and lost their 18 year old striker Brad Kerr to Matlock Town in midweek.

On Tuesday the pair clashed at Park Road in the League Cup Third Round and Hallam triumphed 4-0.

On Saturday Hallam are at home to Penistone Church and then face Bottesford Town next Tuesday at Sandygate.

Worsbrough face Pontefract Colliery on Saturday and bottom club Grimsby Borough next Tuesday, both again at Park Road.

In the Premier Division Handsworth Parramore are desperate to play a game; last Saturday they had to give up their ground for a FA Vase tie and then on Tuesday they lost a superb-looking game against Shaw Lane Aqua Force because the Barnsley side were involved a FA Vase replay.

Again they have no match on Saturday but on Tuesday they visit next to the bottom Nostell Miners Welfare, where three points look gift wrapped.

On Saturday I visited Green Lane to watch a poor game between Parkgate and Liversedge, with Ryan Johnson’s goal giving the Steelmen a point.

They dominated much of the match but squandered numerous chances to win the game. On Saturday they travel to Albion Sports and next Tuesday they entertain Athersley Recreation.

Maltby Main’s poor form continued when they crashed to a 4-1 defeat away at Thackley last Saturday, with in-form Brian Cusworth scoring their lone goal. On Saturday they have attractive visitors to Muglet Lane in Barton Town who could easily take all three points.

Staveley, too, missed out on a chance to gather in a win when their fixture at next-to-bottom Nostell Miners Welfare was iced away and on Saturday the fifth-placed club travel to struggling Glasshoughton Welfare.

Next Wednesday they entertain Shaw Lane Aqua Force in what looks a top-drawer affair.