The man known as the Gary Lineker of the local game has hit the 500 goal mark in Sunday football.
Liam Cartledge - ‘Carts’ to his team mates - passed the milestone in Meadowhall Sunday League Crookes’ 7-0 win at Ward Green in the Sheffield and Hallamshire Sunday Senior Cup second round.
And the 40-year-old, just as prolific in Saturday football, may yet make it 1,000 all in as he is on 936 at the moment.
Cartledge is not known for spectacular goals but is very much a predator in the penalty area.
“Most of my goals have come from around the six yard box, call it a strikers instinct if you like,” he said.
“There have been a few from further out but I can’t recall too many. I’ve always had the knack of knowing where to be in the penalty area.”
Remarkably he has reached the Sunday mile-stone in just 394 appearances, a goals ratio of 1.26 per game an excellent record at any level of football.
Cartledge fondly remembers his first Sunday league goal in 1998. He said: “It was at the old City School playing fields for Scared Heart in Division Two of the Hallamshire League. I had just returned from University and went on to play eight seasons for them.”
Of all his goals Carltedge lists his two for Arbourthorne EA in the County FA Sunday Senior Cup Final as possibly his most memorable. “I scored with a header and a penalty against AFP from the Rotherham Sunday League. We went on to win on penalties after it had finished 4-4. I got one in the shoot-out too. I think it was the significance of the occasion and the fact it was at Bramall Lane, even though I’m a Wednesdayite.”
Defenders will be pleased to hear that this is possibly Cartledge’s last season, in Sunday football at least.
“I’m nearly 40-years-old. I’m proud that I’ve been able to play that long. But I also turn out for Sheffield FC in the Over-35 league so two games a weekend are becoming a bit much for the old legs these days.”
The striker still has a couple of things he would like to achieve before hanging up his boots altogether. “I’d like to win the Meadowhall League Cup with Crookes this season. I’ve played in a couple of finals but never won. I’m also on 936 goals overall for Saturday and Sunday so it would be good to reach 1,000.”
Somehow you have the feeling he’ll reach that target!
Standing on 499 Sunday goals, Cartledge needed just 32 minutes to reach the 500 mark with perhaps one of his easiest goals, a simple tap in from yard out against Ward Green.
Two minuteshe grabbed his second, diving in to head home a teasing cross. AfterMatt Cowen stretched the lead Cartledge completed his hat-trick on 70 minutes slotting home from a corner . ch.
Pete Smith, Tom Islip and Andy Parkin added three more in the last 15 minutes.
n Royal Earl cruised through 8-0 at home to Commercial Inn, Steve Brammer hitting a hat-trick including two penalties. Tom Roebuck and Mason Gayle bagged braces, and Ryan Hindley completed the scoring with a 25-yard free-kick.
Ashley Longstaff 2, Keith Eaton and Danny Jenkinson enabled Swallowest MW to knock out Wickersley Old Village.
The 2014/15 beaten finalists High Noon pipped FCM Fighting Cock 5-4 after extra-time after 90 minutes ended 2-2.Karl Colley grabbed a brace with Mitchell Dunne, John Bolsover and Kurtis Hodder also scoring .
Davy FC put out St Joseph’s EMUS 3-2 at home.
Mehdi Hassan scored twice but it wasn’t enough to prevent Sharrow United bowing out 3-2 at Balby Athletic.
Premier rivals Jack-in a-Box were beaten 4-2 at Hemsworth MW despite a Kieran Hopkinson effort and an own-goal.
n Mosborough B made their Junior Cup exit 5-3 at home to Woodseats Club despite gioals by Chris Holland, Joe Harris and Brad Hague direct from a corner.
n Premier Division: Arundel ESC are still looking for their first win after a 2-2 draw with Mosborough. Arundel led twice through Johnny Roper and Mark West but Kinsley Lewin and Sean May replied.
Brunsmeer AJW have a six point lead at the top of Division One after easing to a 8-0 victory over bottom of the table Sheffield Roses, with sub Matt Trouton scoring a hat-trick in five minutes. Other scorers were Danny Beighton, Liam Hannah, Tom Mitchell, Jack Lambert and Taylor Askam.
n Under-21 Division: Eckington Boys moved to the top with a 4-0 victory at Maltby Main with goals by Tom Radcliffe, Jamie Damms, Liamn Riley and Billy Dolman.
Goals from Ross Pearson and Harry Emmingham gave Charnock Ridgeway their second point of the season with a 2-2 draw at Kiveton Park, who had gone into the game top.
Sheffield Six’sare third after goals from Tom Harrison, Anthony Hutchinson and Brad Howe earned a 3-0 win at bottom of the table Chapeltown Juniors.
Brielkr Cubs bounced back from their first defeat of the season the previous weekend by beating Middlewood Rovers 3-2.
Ryan Smith headed the hosts into a third minute lead and although Middlweood hit back to level, Smith curled in a a fine free-kick to restore the home sides lead just before the half hour mar.
Middlewood hit back for a second time early in the second half but it was Brierley’s day and Smiths in particular as the forward rifled home the winner to complete his hat-trick 12 minutes from time.
Sundayfixtures - Meadowhall Sunday League Cup first round: Thorncliffe v Sharrow United.
S & H Junior Cup second round: Collingwood FC v Brinsworth Whitehill.
Premier Division: High Noon v Davy FC, Mosborough A v Jack-in-a-Box, Royal Earl v Arundel ESC, Swallownest MW v Bagshawe Arms.
Division One: Brunsmeer AJW v Mosborough B.
U21 Division: Brierley Cubs v Eckington Boys, Kiveton Park v Maltby Main.