You’re not going to Crewe. That’s why you’re reading this. Because, for some reason, the thought of spending a November Saturday in a glorified Staffordshire goods yard hasn’t excited you. So whilst you may have dented the takings of a distant pub no doubt inevitably called The Railway, you can at least get out the house and support local football, because there are a whole host of options waiting for you on your doorstep. And seen as you lost out in a ten past midnight brawl in Balby Tesco for a cheap widescreen TV on which to watch ex-pros try and out-react one another, you may as well stick on your coat and go and make an investment where it is actually needed; the coffers of a local football club. Take your pick from the following six.
Evostick Northern League
Frickley Athletic vs Trafford FC
If you’re up at the northern end of the borough then there’s the prospect of a winter battle of a Northern Premier League game up at Westfield Lane. Eighteenth place Frickley Athletic host 22nd place Trafford, with both sides in need of the points if they’re to pull away from the relegation places. The home side are without former Lincoln City man Reece Thompson, who begins a three match suspension, whilst the visitors will be looking to ex-Barrow and Colwyn Bay forward Shelton Payne to give them the edge.
Kick-Off: 3:00pm | Westfield Lane, South Elmsall, WF9 2EF
Northern Counties East League
Armthorpe Welfare vs Garforth Town
Its fair to say its been an up and down month for the Welfare, who have picked up crucial wins against fellow strugglers Glasshoughton Welfare and Nostell Miners Welfare, but have also conceded fifteen goals in their last two home games, without reply having been beaten 10-0 at by Tadcaster Albion, and 5-0 by Handsworth Parramore. Today the Welfare will looking to be salvage their home record against mid-table Garforth Town who themselves have won just one in seven this month.
Kick-Off: 3:00pm | Church Street, Armthorpe, Doncaster, DN3 3AL
Rossington Main vs AFC Mansfield
Another team in need of putting a disappointing November behind them are Rossington Main. The Blues ended a seven match stretch without a win with a 2-1 victory away at Lincoln Moorlands Railway last Saturday, although according to the NCEL website only 17 people were there to see it. There should be a few more at Oxford Street today as Main host eighth place AFC Mansfield, in a game that should bring goals. Each side boasts one of the division’s top scorers in their side, so keep an eye on Main’s assistant manager Lee Holmes, and the visitors’ Dean Rick. Oh, and if the football doesn’yt take your fancy, Main are hosting a Race Night in their club bar later in the evening. Contact the Main on twitter for further details.
Kick-Off: 3:00pm | Oxford Street, Rossington, Doncaster, DN11 0TE
Central Midlands League
Bentley Colliery vs Sherwood Colliery
The closest match to the town centre takes place at The Avenue in Bentley and features two of the North Division’s strugglers. Fifth bottom Bentley host third bottom Sherwood, and will be hoping to chalk up their third league win of the season. Despite their lowly position, Sherwood come into this fixture off the back of successive victories and will prove a stern test for a Bentley side who’ve not won since August, and have lost each of their last three fixtures 5-1.
Kick-Off: 2:00pm | The Avenue, Bentley, Doncaster, DN5 0PN
Brodsworth Welfare vs Ollerton Town
Something of a mid-table six-pointer – if such a thing exists – takes place in Woodlands today as Brodsworth, currently 12th, host seventh place Ollerton Town. With just five points between the sides there is a real opportunity for Welfare to make some ground in the table in what has been a very steady season for them thus far.
Kick-Off: 2:00pm | The Welfare Ground, Woodlands, Doncaster, DN6 7PP
Thorne Colliery vs Clay Cross Town
The local team with the toughest task today is Thorne Colliery, as they host second place Clay Cross Town at the Welfare in Moorends. Though they’ve a number of games in hand, Thorne are having a disappointing season, and currently sit fourth bottom, with just three league wins behind them thus far. The visitors by contrast are flying, and boast the best goal difference in the division by far as they chase promotion to the Northern Counties East League.
Kick-Off: 2:00pm | The Welfare, Grange Road, Moorends, Doncaster, DN8 4NH