Sat 10 Sept 2016, Pontefract Collieries v Hemsworth MW (FA Vase QR1)

Match Details: Pontefract Collieries 2 4 Hemsworth Miners Welfare

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Competition: FA Vase, First Qualifying Round

Location: Skinner Lane, Pontefract

Admission: £5

Programme: £1.50

Attendance: 88

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Match Report: Occasionally you go to a game at this level and despite the reasonable admission charge of a fiver, feel the entertainment on offer struggled to warrant the cover charge. Today though we got double value-for-money, with a blood-and-guts local ding-dong FA Vase game that surpassed what any neutral could have wished for. Additionally, the large Hemsworth contingent in the crowd enjoyed seeing their side put in another impressive performance in what was a great contest, with some quality goals and both sides going hell for leather in pursuit of victory.

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The Wells came out deserved winners, and seem to have built on the formula that saw them win the NCEL’s Division One championship last season, with some quality players that still manage to seamlessly play above themselves as a team. Ponty look to have a more effective side than last season though, always seemed capable of pushing Hemsworth all the way, and with a bit more luck in the final third could easily have grabbed a further goal or two. So while the home fans came away disappointed with the result, there seems a lot more cause for optimism as the season progresses. This squad look well capable of pushing for an early return to the top flight of the NCEL. And if ever you’re in the area thinking of a game to go to, Ponty has all your beer, hot food, and covered seating or standing needs sorted. You know it makes sense.

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Wed 7 Sept 2016, Denaby United v Houghton Main (SCSL Prem)

Match Details: Denaby United 4 5 Houghton Main

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Competition: Sheffield County Senior League, Premier Division

Location: Balby Carr Community College, Weston Road, Balby, Doncaster DN4 8ND

Admission: free

Programme: £1 (full colour / excellent job for this level of football)

Attendance: circa 40 (head-count)

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Match Summary:

Following their promotion to the top tier of the Sheffield County Senior League at the end of last season, Denaby United are now playing their homes games at Balby Carr Community College / Sport Centre. This is due to Step-7-esque regulations regarding facilities, which required more than was available at their previous Old Road home in Conisbrough, where the club had been playing since reforming in 2011. Of interest to groundhopping types who like a programme, the club is also issuing a matchday magazine for its home games this season – and very well produced it is too.

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The set-up at Balby Carr is quite an impressive one, with several games going on tonight on a variety of pitches. Over the hedge in the adjoining field were kids and womens games, while there is also an enclosed smaller artificial pitch which for some reason has a sign saying ‘Old Trafford’ on the outside of it. Passing a gaggle of disappointed Japanese tourists with Zlatan written on their backs, Denaby set up to play against local rivals Houghton Main, mainstays of the County Senior League in recent years and always relied on to give their opponents a good game.

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As the 5-4 scoreline suggests, there was not much between the two teams tonight. Main seemed to win more of the aerial and physical midfield battles, though ultimately it was a couple of defensive errors in the second half which put them beyond United’s reach. Though the homesters rallied towards the end, and were given fresh energy and added vim and vigour following some substitutions, Houghton Main were able to hold out for a slender victory.

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Some encouraging signs though for United as they attempt to climb the table – especially a fine direct free-kick scored by Martin Lawton (pic below), and the ubiquitous class of veteran centre-forward Steve Ellor – someone who played for the original club in 2002 and is still one of the best finishers in local football.

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Wed 31 Aug 2016, Denaby Main v Denaby United (SCSL Prem)

Match Details: Denaby Main 1 3 Denaby United

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Competition: Sheffield County Senior League, Premier Division

Goalscorers: Liam Winfield (20) [Main]; Steve Ellor (24,75) + OG (59) [United]

Location: Tickhill Square, Denaby Main, Doncaster, DN12 4AW

Admission: £1 (Takings donated to Dementia UK charity)

Programme: £1 (special commemorative issue)

Attendance: circa-250 (head count)

Off The Pitch: Great to see a big attendance for the occasion which now finds both Main and United now in the top tier of the Sheffield County Senior League.

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Sport: The match also doubled as the inaugural John Hurley Memorial Trophy – using an old supporters club cup from the 1930s, which is now going to awarded to winners of the Denaby ‘el classico’ each season.
Main took an early lead but were eventually over-run both technically and physically by United, which according to their website makes this their eighth successive Denaby-Derby since they were last defeated.

Gallery:

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Some additional photos from this visit can be found in our Flickr album, below (click photo for link):

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Sat 27 Aug 2016, Athersley Rec 1 -0 Armthorpe Welfare (NCEL Prem)

Match Details: Athersley Recreation 1 Armthorpe Welfare 0 (NCEL Premier Division)

Goalscorers: Kai Hancock [Athersley]

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Location: Sheerien Park, Ollerton Road, Athersley North, Barnsley, South Yorks, S71 3DP (look for entrance sign/small driveway next to house number 123).
Public transport = easy peasy: Train to Barnsley, then a number 11 bus (which runs every ten minutes and stops right outside the ground).
Admission: £5
Attendance: 85
Off The Pitch: A stone’s thrown north of Barnsley, Athersley is where a lot of Ken Loach’s classic Kes film was shot. My limitless imagination plus limited photoshop skills inspired this:

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Athersley Recreation FC began in 1979, when Pete Goodlad set up Athersley North Juniors FC, who later added a senior side. Having progressed through the local Barnsley leagues to the Sheffield Senior League in the mid-90s, and renamed Athersley Recreation along the way, they then set their sights on eventually getting accepted into the NCEL, but first had to do some ground upgrading.
Pete is still a constant fixture at the club in his current role of General Manager and Secretary and deserves a round of virtual applause for having taken the club on the journey he has thus far. After winning the Sheffield Senior League in 2011-12, and with the necessary ground improvements having been done, they joined the NCEL in 2012-13.  Here, they finished runners-up in Division One in their first season, and have been in the NCEL Premier Division since then. With around 50 years left on their current 60 year ground lease, the club’s future seems both stable and progressive. They recently had 1,420 people through the gate when they entertained Barnsley in a pre-season friendly (and beat their near neighbours 1-0).

 

This was the first time I’d been to the ground in daylight, and whereas some grounds have the feel of concrete and bricks and new estate show-house to them, Athersley piles it on thick with bold signage and a variety of timber and outbuildings. A fab maze of fences, huts and non-league plastic. It’s got a vibe of garden centre chic with all the wooden fence bits, and I like how at every turn on the near side there’s always another building to find; spacious luxury has been well used at Sheerien Park. This means there’s separate buildings for a shop, a tea hut, a PA shed, a Matchday Big-Cheese official’s office, changing rooms, bogs, et al, and then there’s the Rec Inn (small bar, big-ish telly, plus a few seats and tables) resplendent with its penguin-in-adidas (wot no Munsingwear polo?) frontage. No need to send the makeover team in, Athersley is already bang on as it is.

 

On The Pitch: Today’s visitors Armthorpe came into the game bottom of t’league, having lost all their opening four games which led to the resignation a few days ago of manager Brian Johnston. The club currently plays with a very young team, and one of the travelling Wellie old boys who I spoke to reckoned that this lack of experience has been the key reason they’re propping up the table at the moment.
On this showing, they stand a good chance of turning things around. Though it was ultimately an inability to take chances that cost them the points. Rec play some neat football for this level, often opting to pass the ball around at the back rather than go for the more commonly preferred quick hoof upfront tactic. They looked the more comfortable of the two sides when in possession, but Armthorpe pretty much matched them in terms of drive and effort in the first half. And after the break, the difference ultimately boiled down to ‘tekking a chance when it comes to thee’.

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Kai Hancock is one of those players that maybe goes under the radar but at the moment always seems to score. When he spun on a sixpence on the right hand edge of the opposition box four minutes into the second period, there were still at least half a dozen defenders in close contention between him and the goal. Next thing you know though, he’s got a shot in and it’s nestled into the bottom far corner of the goal with the keeper looking on helpless. That was ten for the season already though now for Hancock, and stands him currently at the top of the NCEL goalscoring charts.
Athersley 1 Armthorpe 0.

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Athersley then pressed further, and looked likely to get a second but it never came. Meanwhile, Armthorpe never gave up, and went go on to get two penalties in the last quarter of the game. The first one by Tom McLaughlin was on target, but close enough to the keeper for him to push it onto the post and wide. The second then came in injury time, and was basically the last kick of the game. This time skipper Craig Aspinall stepped up to the plate. Sadly though, it was a shocker that he will want to erase from his memory as quick as possible, being skied at least six feet over the crossbar. To coin a phrase: When you’re down, your luck’s out. But you need to chuffin’ score from penalties!

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And Furthermore: Before the game there was an impeccably observed minute’s silence held in memory of the 150th Anniversary of the Oaks Colliery (later known as Barnsley Main) Disaster, and the 80th Anniversary of an explosion at the local Wharncliffe Woodmoor Colliery. There were fundraising representatives here today from a campaign to build a memorial statue to remember the 383 mineworkers who perished at the former, as despite being the worst coal mining disaster to ever happen in England, there is not currently a memorial to those who died.
For further info or to make a donation, please head to: Remember The Oaks Mining Disaster on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/RememberTheOaks
Or email: remembertheoaks@gmail.com
Twitter n Flickr:  A full photo album of ground and match action from today is available on The Dribbling Code’s flickr site at:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/thedribblingcode/albums
We also have a Twitter account, where details of updates and suchlike are twitted about: http://www.twitter.com/dribblingcode
Ah’ll sithi.

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Tue 23 Aug 2016, Marsden v Linthwaite Ath (H&DL D2)

Match Details: Marsden 8 Linthwaite Athletic 3 (Huddersfield & District League, Division Two)

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Wed 17 Aug 2016, Dodworth MW v South Kirkby (SCSL D2)

Match Details: Dodworth Miners Welfare 2 South Kirkby Colliery Reserves 0 (Sheffield County Senior League, Division Two)

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Sat 6 Aug 2016 Barnoldswick Town v Dunston UTS (FA Cup EPR)

Match Details: Barnoldswick Town 2 – 2 Dunston UTS (FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round)

Photo album at:

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