We don’t do things by the book here at popular STAND, that’s why last week, when everyone else was clambering over each other to plug non-league games, as was the fashion, we had a week off and buggered off to Macedonia. Non-League you see is for life, not just for non-league day, and rather than join a bit of self-congratulatory hype once a year we prefer to give you a weekly reminder as to where you can find football on your doorstep whilst the Rovers are out of town. Here then is today’s round-up, short and sweet though it is.
First Qualifying Round
Frickley Athletic vs Sheffield FC
You shouldn’t need us to tell you about this game in the north of the borough, the magic of the Cup should lure you there automatically, drawing you like free bar at a particularly dull wedding. Westfield Lane today sees a replay of last season’s Sheffield & Hallamshire Cup final as Frickley Athletic host Sheffield FC in the first qualifying round of the FA Cup. And if today’s game is anyone like that fixture, which Frickley dramatically won 4-3, then you could certainly be in for a treat. Athletic haven’t had the best start to the Northern Premier League, winning just one of their opening eight games so a Cup tie against the oldest football team in the world, who reside in the division below, could well bring a welcome victory.
SATURDAY | Kick-Off: 3:00pm | Westfield Lane, South Elmsall, WF9 2EF
Northern Counties East League
Armthorpe Welfare vs Bridlington Town
If you reside close to the centre of Doncaster then there’s only one game for you today and that’s at Church Street where a resurgent Armthorpe (well, they’ve won two on the bounce) host title challenging Bridlington Town in the Northern Counties East League Premier Division. A disappointing start to the season for the Welfare looks to have been righted in the past week as a 4-1 win over AFC Liverpool in the FA Vase was followed with a midweek victory over Basford United, though they’ll need to feel confident as they host a Bridlington side who have been in the hunt for NCEL honours for the last few seasons.
SATURDAY | Kick-Off: 3:00pm | Church Street, Armthorpe, Doncaster, DN3 3AL
FA Women’s Super League
Doncaster Rovers Belles vs Bristol Academy
Sunday sees your penultimate chance to watch the Doncaster Rovers Belles in FA Women’s Super League action before their enforced relegation kicks in. After a frustrating middle part of the season in which they suffered heavy defeats to Arsenal and Liverpool at the Keepmoat the Belles have recovered in recent weeks, a 1-0 win over Lincoln was followed by creditable performances in the return matches against the Gunners and the Reds before a draw with Everton at the Keepmoat last week. The Belles will definitely be hoping to stick two fingers up the FA and bow out in style if they can, but they’ll have their work cut out against a Bristol side still in the hunt for the Super League title. Grab a bell, head down and make some noise for a team that deserves your support.
SUNDAY | Kick-Off: 2:00pm | Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster, DN4 5JW
Central Midlands League
No local games today in the Central Midlands League, but if you’re stuck in midweek there are two Doncastrian derbies on successive nights. On Tuesday night Harworth C.I. host Thorne Colliery at Bircotes Welfare, and then the following night in the north of the town it’s Brodsworth Welfare vs Bentley Colliery.