Doncaster Rovers are away from home this week, making the long trip into the mysterious sub-aqua world of the South West of England to face Yeovil Town. We always play Yeovil Town, and we always lose too, so if you’ve elected to give this long trip a miss then we won’t hold that against you, hell we’d miss it too if we hadn’t gotten giddy over a one-off deal on South West trains. But whilst we’re log-fluming it into Somerset, what can you do to kill the time?
Well you could watch North Americans and Scandinavians excel in cold sports you’ve never heard of, but then you’ve been doing that for the past ten days. So, stick to what you know and love and get yourself down the football. There are five local teams at home this Saturday afternoon, so take the opportunity to support local grass-roots football and get yourself down to one of the following games, where your money will be greatly appreciated.
Frickley Athletic vs Nantwich Town
Frickley aren’t having it easy in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League this season; with just one win in their last eight league games Athletic are currently just two positions above the relegation places (albeit 14 points too). The visit of 13th place Nantwich Town offers a realistic opportunity for the North Doncaster side to get back to winning ways.
Kick-Off: 3:00pm | Westfield Lane, South Elmsall, West Yorkshire WF9 2EQ
Northern Counties East League
Armthorpe Welfare vs Retford United
A relatively local derby at Church Street this Saturday as Armthorpe host Retford United. The Welfare will be glad to return to home after three successive defeats on the road in the NCEL Premier Division have dropped them to 17th in the table. They’ll be keen to get a win on the board and stop the rot to avoid another relegation battle as tense as last season’s. Retford however represent a tough challenge. Currently 6th in the table, they’ve won two and lost two in the league since Christmas.
Kick-Off: 3:00pm | Church Street, Armthorpe, DN3 3AG
Central Midlands League
Askern have had a difficult season on their return to the Central Midlands League and they face another tough fixture this weekend as they host Kinsley Boys at the Welfare Ground. Kinsley sit 7th and comfortably mid-table at present whilst Askern find themselves in the bottom three.
Kick-Off: 2:00pm | Welfare Ground, Doncaster Road, Askern, DN6 0AJ
Probably the biggest game of the weekend locally can be found up in Moorends where two of the Central Midlands League North Division’s top four go head to head. Fourth palce Thorne Colliery, who have games in hand on all the teams above them host second-place AFC Mansfield. The Nottinghamshire side were runners-up last season and have already run in 123 goals this season in an effort not to miss out on top spot again.
Kick-Off: 2:00pm | Welfare Ground, Grange Road, Moorends, DN8 4NA
Harworth Colliery Institute vs Barton Town Old Boys
Harworth are having a decent season in the Central Midlands League this year and rather than enjoy a free weekend they’ve chosen to try and keep their momentum going with a testing home friendly at the Recreation Ground against Barton Town Old Boys of the NCEL.
Kick-Off: 2:00pm | Recreation Ground, Scrooby Road, Bircotes, DN11 8JN
TEAMS ON THE ROAD
If you fancy a bit of a trip to pastures news then four more of the town’s teams are in action away from home. In the Northern Counties East League Division One the borough’s form team Rossington Main have chalked up an impressive nine-match unbeaten run and they’ll be looking to nudge that into double figures away at Shirebrook Town. Meanwhile, if you fancy a day at the seaside Hemsworth Miners Welfare are also away from home in NCEL1 travelling to face Cleethorpes Town. In the Central Midlands League two of our North Division sides are heading to Nottinghamshire this Saturday for 2pm kick-offs. Bentley Colliery travel to face Newark Town, whilst Brodsworth Miners Welfare go to Ollerton Town.