Marching on together. Even seeing those three words written down is annoying. So if you’ve chosen not to go to Rovers game at Leeds this Saturday, because of the stupidly high price (£36!) then all power to you. We’ll not question your support of the club, instead we praise you for not forking out such a figure – because if we keep paying it, they’ll keep charging it. And for a fraction of that price, and without as much travel, you can pop down the road and give your money to a club who will value it instead.
There is plenty of football on your doorstep in Doncaster and the surrounding area this Saturday afternoon, so why not download the Football League app, get our editor’s voice in your ears as you listen to the commentary from Elland Road on the move, and take your body along to one of the following games instead. Let’s be honest, Leeds will piss your £36 up the wall, it’ll go in a big skip marked ‘debt’, so instead hand over a quarter of that amount to any one of the clubs listed below – they’ll use it more sparingly – trust us.
Frickley Athletic vs AFC Fylde
Frickley have just seven games to go in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League this season and currently find themselves in the relegation places. Droylsden and Stocksbridge are already down and Stafford Rangers look likely to follow them, which has left Frickley fighting it out with a host of other teams to avoid the drop. After three successive league defeats Athletic progressed to the final of the Sheffield & Hallamshire Cup in the week and will need to gather some momentum from that as they host AFC Fylde at Westfield Lane. Fylde are currently fourth in the table and only three points off top spot, so with everything to play for each team this could be the game of the day locally.
Kick-Off: 3:00pm | Westfield Lane, South Elmsall, West Yorkshire WF9 2EQ
Division One South
Free Beer. A whole free pint. That’s what you’ll get if you head to Goole’s ground this weekend, no wonder they call it the Victoria Pleasure Grounds. The club have announced that as a special thank you to their supporters, any adult attending their game on Saturday will get a voucher for a free pint of Carlsberg or Tetleys in the Vikings Bar. There’s an incentive for you to go and watch some local football, and Goole will welcome your support too, struggling since the turn of the year they chalked up a much needed win away at Bedworth United in the week, but are still by no means safe from relegation yet.
Kick-Off: 3:00pm | Victoria Pleasure Grounds, Carter Street, Goole, DN14 6SL
Northern Counties East League
Retford United vs Basford United
For those of the Rovers’ Retford Branch there is a Nottinghamshire derby in the Northern Counties East League Premier Division at Cannon Park. Retford have had a difficult first season back in the NCEL and are mid-table going into this one; they’ll be looking to 32-goal top-scorer Reece Thompson to help them get a first win in four matches. Basford meanwhile have been one of the surprise packages this season and currently sit fourth in the table, they arrive at Retford unbeaten in four league games.
Kick-Off: 3:00pm | Cannon Park, Leverton Road, Retford, DN22 6QF
A mid-table clash at Oxford Street in the NCEL Division One, though its status as such is very much down to Rossington’s resurgence since December. Under new manager Steve Brennan Main have won 10 of their last 15 matches; including six wins from their last seven at Oxford Street meaning they will go into this game, where a win will put them level on points with their opponents from Hull, as favourites. Look out for Main Assistant Manager Lee Holmes, top-scoring on 19 in his third spell at the club, while Ben Hunter and Will McGhie who have also returned to their village side in this spell are also worth keeping an eye on.
Kick-Off: 3:00pm | Oxford Street, Rossington DN11 0TE
Central Midlands League
Askern have had a difficult season on their return to the Central Midlands League, currently sitting third bottom of the North Division. There could be a chance of chalking up some points this weekend though as they host Sherwood Colliery, who currently only sit four places above Askern.
Kick-Off: 2:00pm | Welfare Ground, Doncaster Road, Askern, DN6 0AJ
Brodsworth might be struggling a little in the league, but they’ll be glad to return to the Welfare Ground this weekend having won their last three home games. The down side is that they’ll face the league leaders on their return to Woodlands, as AFC Mansfield, who’ve already scored 116 in the league this season, roll into view. Mansfield won 5-0 when the two sides met in Nottinghamshire last month, Broddy will be hoping to at least keep that down if not spring an upset.
Kick-Off: 2:00pm | Welfare Ground, Fourth Avenue, Woodlands, DN6 7QA
With six games in hand on the league leaders Thorne Colliery, currently in fifth, could still make a late and heroic charge for the North Division title. If they are to pull off the unlikely they’ll need to win games like this weekend’s against seventh place Ollerton Town. Get yourself up to the twin towers (pit mast heads) of Moorends to find out.
Kick-Off: 2:00pm | Welfare Ground, Grange Road, Moorends, DN8 4NA
TEAMS ON THE ROAD
If you fancy a bit of a trip to pastures news then two more of the town’s teams are in action away from home. In the Northern Counties East League Premier Division Armthorpe Welfare are away at Liversedge, which affords you a chance to visit the latter’s picturesque Clayborn ground. Whilst in Division One Hemsworth Miners Welfare travel to Bradford to face the American collegiate students of Eccleshill United.