Nine games in both the Premier Division and Division One of the Toolstation NCEL this weekend, with nothing done and dusted. The Bootiful Preview offers a quick assessment of the issues at both ends of both Divisions tomorrow in the company of writer Colin Muncie.
Worksop Town’s lead at the top of the Premier Division is six points, and after their midweek League Cup Quarter Final win at Inkersall Road, the Tigers welcome sixth-placed Staveley Miners Welfare to Sandy Lane tomorrow for an attractive match up in the Dukeries. The Tigers will take some stopping, but after consecutive losses in League and League Cup, Brett Marshall’s Trojans will give Craig Denton’s men a tough ninety-minute examination in front of the Worksop faithful. After that thrilling, late come-from-behind 4-3 win over Albion Sports on Wednesday night, Ian Richards’ second-placed Penistone Church will be desperate to keep the pressure on Worksop when they head to 15th-placed Athersley Recreation at Sheerien Park. The Penguins will want to get back on track after consecutive League defeats, so Church will need to be on their game to get a positive result.
Meanwhile, fifth welcomes fourth at the Distant Futures Stadium when Hemsworth Miners Welfare welcome Bridlington Town for a crucial match up in Fitzwilliam. Wells are in good form, but the Seasiders may have Manager Brett Agnew back in their squad in a game both sides are desperate to win. Third-placed Yorkshire Amateur have the afternoon off, but seventh-placed Maltby Main will be looking to turn up the heat on the top six when they host 18th-placed Hall Road Rangers at Muglet Lane. The South Yorkshire Miners drew at Eccleshill United in midweek, and Rangers followed up a win over Knaresborough with a home draw with Bottesford last weekend.
There’s a crucial match at the other end of the table when 19th-placed Harrogate Railway Athletic welcome bottom side Goole AFC to Station View; both sides lost in midweek, although the Vikings were four minutes away from a crucial win at Yorkshire Amateur. Expect a big crowd in Harrogate.
Sixteenth-placed Garforth Town will be hoping to capitalise on last week’s home win over Barton Town when Handsworth Parramore [8th-placed] visit the Bannister Prentice Stadium tomorrow. Parras, though, have won their last two away League games, so Rob Hunter’s Miners will find them a tough nut to crack. Fourteenth-placed Thackley head to 13th-placed Liversedge. The Dennyboys enjoyed a 4-1 win over Goole AFC last week, but will have noted Jon Rimmington’s Sedge’s impressive midweek home win over Bridlington Town.
In mid–table, tenth-placed Bottesford Town welcome Knaresborough Town in ninth – the sides shared the points after a goal-less draw in October – and Barton Town in twelfth place, fresh from that big home win in midweek face eleventh-placed Eccleshill United at the Easy Buy Stadium.
In Division One, leaders Grimsby Borough defend their three-point lead at the top of the table, but face a sixth-placed Worsbrough Bridge Athletic side who secured a point in a thrilling 3-3 draw at Hallam in midweek. The Wilderness Boys have won all their games in March so far, though, so it promises to be a tremendous game.
The same is true of the match up at West Street between Winterton Rangers in fifth place and second-placed Campion, who closed to within three points of the top with that convincing win at Rossington last weekend whilst Rangers were held at home by Parkgate.
Hallam are third, and will want to take maximum points from their quick-fire reverse fixture at home to thirteenth-placed Skegness Town at what’s sure to be a busy Sandygate. The sides drew 1-1 at the Vertigo Stadium last Saturday.
There’s also a big game at the Welfare Ground when ninth-placed Selby Town travel to fourth-placed Nostell Miners Welfare. The Robins followed up a heavy defeat at Worsbrough with that League Cup penalty shoot-out loss to Swallownest eleven days ago, whilst Nostell grabbed a late point at home to Glasshoughton last Friday.
An important weekend at the foot of the table; bottom side FC Bolsover make for third-bottom Armthorpe Welfare after that late heartbreak at Glassy in midweek. Wellie lost the reverse fixture at Langwith Road three weeks ago so will be desperate to put more daylight between themselves and 19th-placed Harworth Colliery, who have won two on the trot and head to Dronfield Town in seventh place, anxious to maintain their momentum. Dronfield, though, have FA Cup ambitions of their own, so it should be a cracking game at the HE Barnes Stadium.
Seventeenth-placed Ollerton Town lost narrowly at Parkgate in midweek, and face 14th-placed East Yorkshire Carnegie in another crucial encounter at the Fast Frame. Carnegie had a super result at Worsbrough last Saturday, and will have another step towards survival in their sights.
Fifteenth-placed Shirebrook Town will be hoping to post a much-needed win when they entertain tenth-placed Glasshoughton Welfare, who enjoyed their three points in midweek. Finally, there’s sure to be a decent crowd at the South Yorkshire derby between eleventh-placed, NCEL League Cup semi-finalists Swallownest and Parkgate, after the Steelmen moved into eighth with that midweek home win.
If you’re taking in a game this weekend, enjoy your day and say hi to the many volunteers who are making all the matches in the two Leagues possible. Safe travels and see you on the other side.