Rovers are away again. You know this of course, and this is good news for two reasons. Firstly, it means they’ve a chance of getting a result and not standing pointlessly on a football pitch like a collection of ten barbershop poles whilst another League One non-entity dribbles round them at will. And secondly, because it means you can enjoy another local Non League Day all over again, for a second week running, without being eyed suspiciously by the regulars in the tea-hut.
Non-League Day is now an established annual event to encourage those who normally watch ‘big clubs’, to go and watch the football on their doorstep. The sort of thing we do every week, but with a bit more gusto. Its date is chosen to coincide with the international break, because there is no possibility of the worlds of non-league football and international football clashing together. At least so you would assume. Not so for Rossington Main, who this week saw one current player earn an international call-up, and a past player score their first international goal.
Young Rossington Main goalkeeper Jordan Wildey was this week called up to the Scotland Futsal squad for a couple of autumn warm-up internationals ahead of January’s UEFA Futsal Championships. And should he get to pull on an international jersey then he’ll follow in the footsteps of one of his former club-mates, Zeph Thomas, who scored his first international goal for St Kitts and Nevis in their Caribbean Cup game against Dominica on Monday. Thomas was at Main as recently as 2012, before going on to play for RRFC Montegnée in Belgium and Cowdenbeath among others.
So, you see, its not just two men and a dog watching a local plasterer yell abuse at put-upon fella with a whistle at these games, there’s a chance to see international stars of the future right there on your doorstep as well. There may only be two local games this week, but as ever we urge you to turn the telly off and get out and watch one of them.
Northern Premier League
First Division South
Goole AFC vs Stocksbridge Park Steels
The Vikings had enjoyed a positive start to the new season, winning three and drawing one of their opening five games in the Northern Premier League First Division South. However, their sixth match of the campaign in midweek saw them lose 3-0 at lowly Carlton Town, and so they’ll be keen to get back on track as they return to the Victoria Pleasure Grounds for the second successive Saturday. Opponents Stocksbridge haven’t started quite as brightly, but are unbeaten since exiting the FA Cup and sit just three points behind Goole in the table.
Kick-Off: 3:00pm | Victoria Pleasure Grounds, Marcus Street, Goole, DN14 6SL
Northern Counties East League
Aside from the international distractions mentioned higher up this article it has been something of a disappointing start to the season for Rossington Main as they sit 17th in the table with just six points on the board. However, progress in the FA Vase last week with a 2-0 win over AFC Blackpool – ranked a division higher than Main – will have brought some confidence back to Oxford Street. The visit of a Hallam side who’ve lost all six of their matches this season should also give Rossington a chance to get some more points on the board and kick their own league season on.
Kick-Off: 3:00pm | Oxford Street, Rossington DN11 0TE