Title challengers sack boss

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Division One promotion chasing Shaw Lane Aquaforce have sacked manager Simon Houghton following the 1-0 defeat at Dinnington Town last weekend, the league new-boys fourth loss in the last six.

Despite the blip in form Shaw Lane remain handily placed in third spot,just a point outside the promotion places.

But it seems that Shaw Lane have pressed the panic button and dumped the manager who had oversaw 17 wins and three draws in the previous 23 league outings.

Chairman Craig Wood said: “Following the Dinnington defeat, the club decied to part with manager Simon Houghton. We fell fresh impetus is required to maintain out promotion challenge

“We would like to thank Simon for his hard work and commitment and wish him all the best for the future.” Director of Football Doug O’Connor will take charge of first team affairs until a new manager is appointed.

Dinnington boss Steve Toyne was delighted with the victory over Shaw Lane courtesy of Tom Elliott’s first half strike that avenged a 9-0 drubbing in the reverse fixture in September. “It’s got to be our best performance of the season,” purred Toyne. “We played some great football. I think we deserved it considering we had our all time leading scorer Liam Cartledge in goal then lost our entire midfield in the second half with Jonny Roper, Jo Jo Louey and Tom Elliott all having to go off injured.

Hallam boss Chris Sellars was pleased to get the opportunity of a run out after their game against Pontefract Collieries at Sandygate was postponed. The Countrymen beat neighbours Sheffield FC 4-2 in a quickly agreed friendly played on the 3G pitch at Hillsborough College and Sellars said; “It was good to get a game and it helps maintain match fitness during the bad weather. I was pleased with the performance; we looked really sharp

“We’ve got a settled group of players and I think it’s beginning to show, we are not far away now from what we want.”

The new manager syndrome had worked wonders for Rossington Main after they made it seven wins from an unbeaten run of eight games with a workmanlike 2-0 victory at Knaresborough Town.

When Steve Brennan was appointed in mid November following the resignation of Steve Lodge, Rossington were in danger of getting dragged into a battle for NCEL survival with the Oxford Street club too close for comfort to the First Division drop zone.

Brennan’s tenure started out with three defeats but with a mixture of old and new players, many of whom have been recruited from Scarborough Athletic’s successful reserve side where Brennan was head coach, Main have not looked back since beating Teversal 2-1 in early December.

Brennan’s decision to bring back talisman Lee Holmes from Retford United and make the experienced striker his right hand man has proved a master stroke with Holmes taking his tally to eight goals in six games with the match clinching second at Knaresborough. It has Rossington in 14th place in the table and 26 points clear of the bottom two.

New dates for last weekend’s postponed games include Steveley MW v Basford United on Wednesday April 2 and Parkgate v Long Eaton United on Tuesday April 8.

Hallam’s home game against Pontefract has been rescheduled for Tuesday, March 25 with Dronfield Town hosting Selby Town the following Wednesday evening.

Worsbrough Bridge will host Eccleshill United on Tuesday, March 18 and Worksop Parramore will now go to Armthorpe Welfare on Saturday, April 26.