Brian Bradley’s Non-League Notes: A week to forget for local football fans

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It has been a week to forget for our non league fans.

On Saturday there was an ugly brawl involving all players, for the second time in three days, while five players were sent off on the day.

To add to that, another of our top managers was dismissed and only one team managed a win.

In the Toolstation NCEL Premier Division there was a shock last Saturday morning when Handsworth Parramore dismissed their manager Russ Eagle, after just 18 months in the job.

It was a suprise to everyone - but recent results, which included just one win in five games and only four points gained, meant the club had dropped to fifth place in the table, seven points adrift of the leaders - and Russ paid the price. Captain James Cottrill took over as caretaker manager for their game at Sandy Lane against Garforth Town, which saw them win 4-0, and the club announced yesterday that Peter Duffield would be their next boss.

In Division One another new manager, Hallam’s Ryan Hindley, couldn’t get off to a winning start in front of a big crowd of 160, as they lost 3-2 to Shirebrook Town.

Then on Tuesday they entertained second-placed Clipstone FC, where the game was abandoned with Hallam 3-0 ahead.

On Saturday they visit a very strong Selby Town side, for what looks a very good game.

In the Evo-Stik League, Division One South side Stocksbridge Park made it three games without defeat when they drew 1-1 at home to Tividale. Manager Chris Hilton is slowly turning the position around with his new signings settling in well and on Tuesday they beat bottom club Kidsgrove Athletic 2-1.

The highlight of the weekend comes at Steel’s Look Local Stadium on Saturday when they face neighbours Sheffield FC in the FA Trophy preliminary round.

Club’s away form is causing great concern to manager Mick Wadsworth, and it will take a brave man or a fool to forecast this result!