Football on your doorstep; matches in Doncaster, Saturday 23 August
Colchester. Let’s face it, it’s a long way away, and who really wants to go to Essex anyway? Its not the only way at all. Not that Colchester is the the over-tanned, under-educated bit of Essex they put on TV to show kids that you don’t have to be able to count beyond the sum of your fingers so long as you have decent hair or enough collagen in your lips to refloat the Concordia. No, Colchester is old, so old that it claims to be Britain’s oldest recorded town, repeatedly. And if you’re not going, you’re saving yourself some earache; Pliny the Elder this, Roman coins that. Alright, we get it.
So if you’ve made a reasonable decision not to head to the south east, or you’re stuck in Doncaster due to other reasons, what to do with yourself between the hours of three and five? Well lucky for you there is not one, not two, but three alternatives to watch the town’s football representatives in action, right on your doorstep. You’ll not need more than a fiver, you’ll get some fresh air, and you won’t be supporting the evil monotonous S*y Sp***s empire of football destruction. Whether you make it to Armthorpe, Rossington of Askern doesn’t really matter. Either way, it’s win-win for you and for football in general.
Northern Counties East League
Armthorpe Welfare vs Retford United
Having lost their opening two league games of the season, against Worksop and Parkgate respectively, Armthorpe’s season had a significant boost in midweek when they overcame Guisborough Town in an FA Cup replay at Church Street. However much that win on penalties over the Northern League side will have taken out of the side physically it will certainly have given them a mental lift as they prepare to face a Retford side who have drawn their opening two matches.
Kick-Off: 3:00pm | Church Street, Armthorpe, DN3 3AG
After a strong finish to last season, and the return of some familiar faces during the summer, a few have tipped Rossington to potentially challenge for promotion this season. However, after a draw and a win in the opening week of the season, that push was dealt something of a blow last Saturday with defeat away at Yorkshire Amateur. Visitors Shirebrook’s only point thus far came from a draw with Pontefract Collieries so they’re certianly not to be taken lightly, and they’ll be keen to overcome their midweek FA Cup replay defeat to Loughborough University at Oxford Street.
Kick-Off: 3:00pm | Oxford Street, Rossington DN11 0TE
Central Midlands League
Askern have had a great start to their second season back down in the Central Midlands League North Division, with back to back wins in their opening two games. Having put four past Sherwood Colliery and two past Dinnington, both without reply, they now welcome Thoresby CW to the Welfare Ground, with the hope of extending that record, and keeping up with the only other side in the division with a 100% record, Westella.
Kick-Off: 3:00pm | The Welfare, Manor Way, Askern, Doncaster, DN6 0AJ