Non-League football in Doncaster | Saturday 30 January

An important life lesson for all of you on this wintry late-January Saturday; no Rovers does not mean no football. There’s goals in this here town, and big green rectangles with white lines on them too, not to mention a whole host of hardy volunteers keeping clubs plowing onwards, and giving the people of Doncaster an opportunity to pull on their own boost of a Saturday.

These people, and their clubs, need your support in order to keep going. We’ve already seen one long-serving club – Bentley Colliery – go to the wall this season and have their records expunged, as is the football vernacular. Don’t let another of our town’s great clubs go the same way as Bentley, as Mexborough, as Hatfield Main, as Denaby United all went before. Turn off the TV, stop watching opinionated idiots spout opinions about a game that stopped being relevant to any of their own experiences a decade ago, and get outside in the open and support football in our town. Football exists beyond sofas and jumbotrons, but it can only do so with your support.

So with that rallying cry in your ear, get yourself along to one of the following matches this afternoon.

ConferenceNorth Frickley Athletic Subbuteo Figure


vs Bradford Park Avenue

 For those willing to travel a little further afield, over the border in Lincolnshire Gainsborough Trinity host Bradford Park Avenue at The Northolme; a proper old fashion football ground that’s well worth a visit.

Trinity are currently very much mid-table in the National League North, with a run of three successive defeats earlier in the month having derailed their play-off push. But a win at Corby in their last fixture will have hopefully boosted confidence as they look to ensure they’re not cut adrift from those looking to push for promotion. Park Avenue meanwhile find themselves in a wide open relegation scrap, they’re currently six places off the bottom, but only three points separate them from rock bottom AFC Telford United.

Football Ground Location Marker Icon The Northolme, North Street, Gainsborough, DN21 2QW
Football Ground admission logo Adults: £12  |  Concessions: £8  |  Under 16s: £4
Northern Counties East League logo Rossington Main Subbuteo Figure


vs Brigg Town

A huge game for Armthorpe Welfare at Church Street this afternoon in the North East Counties League. The Welfare, who sit second bottom in the twenty-two team Premier Division host 19th place Brigg Town in a real six-pointer that Armthorpe really need to win to maintain hopes of avoiding the drop. If they’re to do that, Brian Johnston’s side will need to reverse recent form, having not tasted victory since before the Christmas trees went up; losing four and drawing one of their last five matches.
Football Ground Location Marker Icon Church Street, Armthorpe, Doncaster, DN3 3AG
Football Ground admission logo Adults: £5  |  Concessions: £3
Central Midlands League logo Askern Welfare Subbuteo Figure



There’s a Doncaster derby in the Central Midlands League North Division where Askern host Harworth Colliery Institute at the Welfare Ground. It’s the visitors who are likely to be the favourites in this one; Harworth are currently third in a close race for top-spot, just two points behind leaders Glapwell and arrive in the north of the borough in form having won their last matches, scoring 15 goals in the process. With Glapwell’s game against Newark today postponed Harworth could go top with victory today. For midtable Askern the going hasn’t been as smooth lately, with the Swans having won just one of their last six – although some win it was, a 13-0 thumping of bottom-place Welbeck Welfare.
Football Ground Location Marker Icon Welfare Ground, Sutton Road, Askern Spa, Doncaster, DN6 9LE
Football Ground admission logo Adults: TBC  |  Concessions: TBC
Central Midlands League logo Brodsworth Welfare Subbuteo Figure


vs Welbeck Welfare

 If it’s goals you’re looking for this afternoon then the Welfare Ground in Woodlands could be your best place to find them as Brodsworth host the league’s bottom club Welbeck Welfare. The visitors have already shipped 108 goals in their 16 league games so far this season including a 23-0 walloping away at Appleby Frodingham, but you have to give credit to them for continuing to put out a team to keep plugging away ever week. As for Broddy, well they sit in midtable at the moment, but have found a decent run of form in the winter, winning four of their last five.
Football Ground Location Marker Icon Welfare Ground, Fourth Avenue, Woodlands, Doncaster, DN6 7LU
Football Ground admission logo Adults: TBC  |  Concessions: TBC
Central Midlands League logo Thorne Colliery Subbuteo Figure


vs Dronfield Town Reserves

Thorne got off to a decent start this season, but saw their form dessert them in November and December as they sunk to five successive defeats. However light has been provided at the end of the tunnel, as their first game in 2016 saw them hold league leaders Glapwell to a goalless draw. With that added confidence boost they’ll likely fancy their chances to do that today against another midtable side Dronfield Town Reserves. Town may be four places above Colliery, but they’ve the luxury of three more matches under their belts to aid their progress.
Football Ground Location Marker Icon Welfare Ground, Grange Road, Moorends, Thorne, DN8 4NA
Football Ground admission logo Adults: £3  |  Concessions: £1.50


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