Getting a bit dull this already isn’t it? Not this feature, this is bloody ace, but the Saturdays without a Rovers game. This is the third Saturday of the season and the second in which Rovers haven’t played. This must be what it’s like to be a Manchester United fan, you know, without becoming a c**t. Anyway, so Doncaster played on Friday night when they crushed/held/matched/crumbled in the face of [delete as appropriate] Blackburn, now what are you going to do with your Saturday? Never fear, we have the answer; Football on your Doorstep.
Of course you don’t have to go and watch some local football. No, you could go and watch the jet-skis droning round the lake, you could stick on Channel 4 racing, or you could go to B&Q and get the fixings for those shelves you’ve been meaning to put up in the zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. Exactly, all as dull as dishwater, especially the dishwater with men revving round it on heavily sponsored glorified sea-faring lawnmowers. So what you need is football, and you may say ‘Soccer Saturday’ is on, but that’s not football is it. Its men talking about football, and other men looking away from football. No, you deserve the real thing, and the real thing is out there, you need just to open the door.
There are an abundance (well, four) local non-league fixtures for you to satisfy your cravings for live football with in the absence of Rovers taking to the field, not least the start of this season’s FA Cup. Yep, dust off your tin foil trophy and grab a cliche from the velvet bag, because the Road to Wembley starts in both Armthorpe and Retford (presumably it starts in the former and goes through the latter) this weekend.
Armthorpe Welfare vs Glossop North End
The magic of the Cup should lure you down to Church Street this Saturday where Armthorpe Welfare host the only team in the extra-preliminary round to have played in football’s top flight; Glossop North End. The Welfare have won one and lost one of their recent games, but the boost of Tuesday night’s win over Nostell M.W., aided by a goal from former Rovers loanee Ben Muirhead, will hopefully help them make the step into the next round.
Kick-Off: 3:00pm | Church Street, Armthorpe, DN3 3AG
Retford United vs Heanor Town
The Badgers wasted no time in getting their season up and running with former Rossington forward Lee Holmes scoring the first goals in the new NCEL season last Saturday as he set Retford on the way to a 5-1 win over Barton Town Old Boys. That was followed by a 3-0 win at Liversedge in the week to put United at the top of the Premier Division table. They’ll be looking to use that form to earn some FA cup bonus money this week as they host fellow NCEL Premier Division side Heanor Town at Canon Park.
Kick-Off 3:00pm | Canon Park, Leverton Road, Retford, DN22 6QF
Northern Counties East League
Hemsworth Miners Welfare vs Bottesford Town
Safe to say Hemsworth haven’t had the start to the season they were hoping for, with back to back defeats in their opening two games in NCEL Division One. A 1-0 defeat to Worsborough Bridge Athletic on opening day was followed by a 3-2 loss at Grimsby Borough in the week. They’ll be hoping to get off the mark as they host a Bottesford Town side who have won one and drawn one of their initial pair of fixtures.
Kick-Off: 3:00pm | Fitzwilliam Stadium, Wakefield Road, Fitzwilliam, WF9 5BX
Central Midlands League
Harworth Colliery Institute vs AFC Mansfield
We said last week that Harworth were quietly confident of a decent season and they got off to the best possible start with a 7-1 win over Phoenix in their opening game. On Saturday they’ll look to consolidate their position at the top, but they’ll have their work cut out as they host last season’s free-scoring Central Midlands League North Division runners-up AFC Mansfield.
Kick-Off: 3:00pm | Recreation Ground, Scrooby Road, Bircotes, DN11 8JN