Brian Bradley’s Non-League Notes: Local clubs enjoy a sparkling weekend

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It was a sparkling day for our eight clubs last Saturday, with four winning, one drawing and three losing to cheer up our fans.

The weather prospects are glum again for this weekend - but our fans are certainly not, as their clubs face eight excellent league games, including a derby encounter and a trip to the seaside.

In the Evo-Stik Division One South, Sheffield FC’s game at home to Loughborough Dynamo was washed away by the rain to increase the pressure on their fixtures.

That is something acting manager Jordan Broadbent will not be pleased about, although to be fair it will help to ease his injury problems. On Saturday they face a tough test away at newcomers Norton United who have won five of their seven home league games, whilst next Wednesday I will have my second seaside trip in four days when I join them in their League Cup Third Round encounter at Premier Division Whitby Town.

Stocksbridge Park played well last Saturday at home to Loughborough Dynamo’s but again their woeful finishing cost them dearly in a goalless draw.

They now have gone six games without a win, and manager Chris Hilton felt they had lost two points rather than gained one.

On Saturday they are at their Look Local Stadium again to face sixth placed Spalding United who are having a very good season.

In the Toolstation NCEL Premier Division, former Stocksbridges leading scorer Nathan Joynes hit both Handsworth Parramore’s goals as they came from behind to beat neighbours Parkgate 2-1, giving new manager Peter Duffield his first league win.

Scott Whittington gave the Steelmen the lead before Joynes headed home an equaliser and then hit the winner from the penalty spot to gain them their first league win in six outings. The game was sadly marred when Parkgate’s Matt Reay was stretchered off with a broken leg. On Saturday Parramores should make it back to back wins when they visit a struggling Retford United.

I watched Staveley make history last Saturday with a seventh straight league win, when they beat Albion Sports 4-2. On Saturday I will watch them again when the fifth placed club travel to Cleethorpes Town who are two points and a place behind them.

In Division One Hallam lost 4-2 to Yorkshire Amateurs, to stay next to the bottom.

Then on Tuesday night they entertained second placed Clipstone FC in a game they simply had to win - and they did just that, prevailing 3-2 to move out of the relegation zone.

On Saturday it does not get any easier when top-of-the-table AFC Emley are the visitors to Sandygate.