Club, Steels set to serve up an Easter derby treat

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Easter is always the best Non League date in the season’s calendar and this year is no exception.

The groundhoppers are here again, with eight matches in three days including three big derby encounters. On East Monday we have the Montagu Cup final, followed by Stocksbridge and Sheffield clashing at Bracken Moor.

Last Saturday was a grim day for our clubs in the Evo-Stik Division One South, with Sheffield FC slipping to their biggest defeat of the season, going down 6-2 at home to Chase Town.

This Saturday they entertain Loughborough Dynamos and on Monday they visit Stocksbridge Park (3pm).

Stocksbridge Park travelled to Tividale and after a very poor game they lost 2-1 despite a Coleman goal. On Saturday they travel to top of the table Mickleover Sports, whilst on Monday I will be at The Look Local Stadium for their clash with Club.

In the Toolstation NCEL Division One, I was at Park Road last Saturday to watch Worsbrough Bridge play well and beat Hallam 2-0.

On Saturday they welcome Knaresborough Town, whilst next Tuesday they visit bottom club Grimsby Borough.

The defeat for Hallam was their sixth in a row, and with no goals in five games now manager Ryan Hindley must find answers before two tough matches come their way.

On Saturday they entertain Louth United, whilst next Tuesday they face Hemsworth Miners Welfare.

In the Premier Division Handsworth Parramore hit top form on Saturday with a 4-1 success away at Liversedge, with new striker Kieran Wells hitting a three minute hat trick.

I was at Sandy Lane on Tuesday to see if they could beat holders Frickley Athletic in the Sheffield and Hallam Senior Cup semi final, but Frickley’s defence proved to be too strong for Parras and they lost 2-0.

On Saturday they have a home encounter against Albion Sports.

Easter Saturday, though, is a big day for our clubs as the groundhoppers descend on the Welfare for AFC Emley’s clash against local rivals Hemsworth Miners Welfare (10.30am).

Then the setting is Green Lane to watch the derby clash between Parkgate and Staveley (1.45pm).

Shaw Lane is the next stop to take in Aqua Force against Heanor Town (4.45pm) and to finish a busy day I will be at my third game, at the Memorial Ground, to watch the First Division encounter between Penistone Church and neighbours Pontefract Colliery.

Not to be outdone, Maltby Main have a home encounter with Albion Sports.