Typical, you wait ages for the season to arrive, and when it does you’re away at Yeovil. Bloody Yeovil. Miles away from everywhere, so devoid of attraction, even its own train stations don’t bother going near the centre. And they always beat us of course. Always. So if you’ve chosen not to go, or simply are unable to join the other Rovers heading down there you’re probably not missing out. Especially when there is a feast of football on your doorstep.
Yep, we’re back again to sound the trumpet of the borough’s other football clubs as they too get their 2014-15 season underway. Such is the fragile world of non-league football you can never be quite sure who will re-emerge from the summer break solvent and intact, but thankfully our key clubs have managed to do so, and with your support this season they’ll hopefully be there for a long time to come.
So, please, forget Soccer Saturday and Football Focus, it’ll probably only have Robbie Savage on anyway, and get outside in the fresh air, walk through your local community and support your local teams at any one of the following matches.
Doncaster Rovers Belles vs London Bees
The Belles are having a decent season in FAWSL2 and whilst they remain unbeaten in the league this campaign, three successive draws have somewhat hindered their promotion push, causing them to fall four points back from leaders Sunderland. A visit from the London Bees should give the Belles ample opportunity to get back on track, the Bees won their opening game of the season, but have struggled since, shipping 19 goals in their last four league games. For a more detailed build up, have a read of the official match preview on the Belles website.
Kick-Off: 6:30pm | Keepmoat Stadium, Stadium Way, Doncaster, DN4 5JW
Northern Counties East League
Armthorpe Welfare vs Worksop Town
After finishing in the lower reaches of the NCEL Premier division for the last two season, the Welfare will be looking to build on a promising pre-season, which concluded with a 7-0 win over Bentley, to be challenging higher up the table this time round. Their opening visitors to Church Street will be Worksop Town, now supporter run, following their resignation from the Northern Premier League, but still expected to be one of the key contenders for promotion.
Kick-Off: 3:00pm | Church Street, Armthorpe, DN3 3AG
A positive second half to last season saw Rossington climb the table to finish in a respectable 13th in NCEL Division One. The return of a few familiar faces have seen them enjoy a positive pre-season as well with wins of Premier Division opponents and a creditable draw with Harrogate Railway the highlights. Their opening day opponents will be the Hull club Hall Road Rangers.
Kick-Off: 3:00pm | Oxford Street, Rossington DN11 0TE
Central Midlands League
For Bentley Colliery , just being able to compete in the league remains an achievement, with regular vandalism to their home ground a constant issue. They’ll therefore be glad to get back to the football and a home game against Clay Cross Town, who finished six places above Colliery last season.
Kick-Off: 3:00pm | The Avenue, Bentley, Doncaster, DN5 0PN
With AFC Mansfield promoted to the NCEL, Harworth Colliery Institute will be among the favourites for the CML North Division title this season after they finished fourth in 2013-14. Their opponents Dinnington Town could prove a tough opener though, having dropped down from the NCEL due to operating costs.
Kick-Off: 3:00pm | Recreation ground, Scrooby Road, Bircotes, DN11 8JT
Thorne too, following a third place finish last season, will be among the promotion contenders this time out. The Moorends based side begin against Ollerton Town, who they did the double over last season, winning by a single goal in two closely fought fixtures.
Kick-Off: 3:00pm | Welfare Ground, Grange Road, Moorends, DN8 4NA
Goole AFC vs Frickley Athletic
If you’re not quite ready for the full on competitiveness of the new season and feel you need one more week to ease yourself in gently to regular football, two local sides are playing a handy friendly just for you. Goole finished last season mid-table in Division 1 South of the Northern Premier League, whilst Frickley had a season to forget, finishing just above the relegation places in the division above.
Kick-Off: 3:00pm | Victoria Pleasure Grounds, Carter Street, Goole, DN14 6SL