Brian Bradley’s Non-League Notes: Why I can’t wait for this sorry season to come to an end

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Easter has come and gone; and so, seemingly, has the form of our local clubs.

And with only one winning last Saturday, I feel it is time to put our poor season to bed - the sooner the better. I realise that our clubs have to play midweek matches to get their season completed in time, but there are simply too many and it is showing in their form.

In the Evo-Stik Division One South, Sheffield FC flattered only to deceive their fans again. On Tuesday they visited a double-seeking Chasetown but, after a superb, showing it was Sheffield who took the points with a deserved 2-1 success.

On Saturday they entertain Coalville Town, with Carlton Town dropping in next Tuesday.

Stocksbridge Park made it five games without a win last Saturday, as they visited Coalville Town and lost 4-2 after a poor game in which McFadyen and Wright scored their goals.

Again too many tired legs and a lack of experience cost the club dearly. Then on Tuesday I was at their Bracken Moor ground to watch them beat bottom club Brigg Town 4-0.

On Saturday Chris Hilton takes his battle-weary players to face the ‘Tulip Men’ of fifth-placed Spalding United.

In the Toolstation NCEL Division One, Hallam’s poor run of form continued this week when they were held to a 2-2 draw at home to lowly Teversal.

It leaves Ryan Hindley’s players with just one win and one draw from nine outings.

And in the coming week they face two more tough games - on Saturday, they welcome neighbours Dronfield Town followed on Tuesday by the league leaders Pontefract Colliery.

I was at Park Road last Saturday to watch the young players of Worsbrough Bridge face their seventh defeat in eight outings when, after taking the lead, they lost 4-2 to visitors Dronfield United.

On Tuesday bottom club Grimsby Borough were their visitors and a Brad Kerr brace, plus an own goal, gave Bridge a good 3-2 victory.

Their tired legs now travel to Yorkshire Amateurs on Saturday, followed by home games on Tuesday against second placed Clipstone Welfare, and on Thursday they entertain fourth placed Hemsworth Miners Welfare.

In the Premier Division, Handsworth Parramore are certainly our in-form club after a sparkling 3-1 victory at Cleethorpes Town last Saturday.

That win took them up the table two places and they have now won six league games in a row - scoring 15 goals and conceding only three. On Saturday they host second-placed Worksop Town.

Staveley’s miserable form continued last Saturday when they were held to a 1-1 draw away at struggling Armthorpe Welfare.

Smith scoring a late equaliser to make it just one win in their last six games.

On Saturday they entertain Liversedge before visiting second placed Tadcaster Albion next Tuesday.

Maltby Main crashed 5-0 at top of the table Shaw Lane Aqua Force last Friday, and they now face a strong Cleethorpes Town on Saturday.

Parkgate made it just one win in five after last Saturdays 2-0 home defeat to Thackley, and they make the return visit on Saturday in their final league game of this miserable season.