Non-League football in Doncaster | Saturday 7 January

Thursday is no day for football. It’s a day for, well, er, I don’t know what it’s for, but it’s not for football. Not like Saturday. Winter Saturdays and football go together like Morecambe and Wise – each with merit in their own right, but truly perfect when put together.

So, just because Rovers were shifted to televised football’s graveyard slot, doesn’t mean you should go without the game on the very day that’s there for it. This is your perfect chance to get out and back the local non-league game. Rovers themselves are doing it, in sponsoring the Doncaster Senior League, and picking up Alfies Beestin and May from the non-league game; all you need to do is show up and give your money over the turnstile to a club who’ll both need and appreciate it.

That said, non-league matches in the borough are in frustratingly short supply tomorrow; in the Northern Counties East League, both Armthorpe Welfare and Rossington Main are away, at Handsworth Parramore and Selby Town respectively. And in the Central Midlands League North Division, Askern, Harworth Colliery Institute and Thorne Colliery are all on the road.

But that shouldn’t stop you getting out there, so we’ve cast our net a little wider in order to find you some football to watch, so treat it as you would any other Saturday. Get off the sofa, get out the house and go and actively support local football.

Northern Premier League Premier Division (7th Tier)
Frickley Athletic vs Skelmersdale United

Frickley got off to an awful start in this season’s Northern Premier League, losing their opening seven league fixtures. But they’ve recovered to a degree; enough to push themselves up outside the relegation spots to 20th. If they’re to stay there a win in the match with 23rd place Skelmersdale is crucial, and they’ll be hoping that Rovers’ Joe Pugh, who joined Athletic on loan this week, can give them the firepower needed to do just that.

Westfield Lane, South Elmsall, WF9 2EQ
Admission: £10 Adults, £7 Concessions, £4 Under 16s


Northern Counties East League Premier Division (9th tier)
Hemsworth Miners Welfare vs Parkgate

If it’s goals you’re looking for then you could do worse than a trip to Fitzwilliam, given the ball hit the net 30 times in total during Hemsworth’s five December matches. The Wel are currently ninth in the table, with games in hand on those above them. They’ll be expected to win this one, especially with Parkgate struggling toward the foot of the table.

Wakefield Road, Fitzwilliam, WF9 5AJ
Admission: £5 Adults

Northern Counties East League Premier Division (9th tier)
Retford United vs Staveley Miners Welfare

Retford United are having a tough old time of it this season; currently second bottom and in danger of being cut adrift in the relegation places. The Badgers have lost 13 of their last 15 matches, which has included three defeats to double-figure scorelines. They’ve a tough ask to get anything from this fixture against a Staveley side currently wedged in mid-table.

Cannon Park, Leverton Road, Retford, DN22 6QF
Admission: £6 Adults, £3 Concessions


Central Midlands League North Division (10th tier)
AFC Bentley vs Tideswell United (2pm)

The nearest game to the town centre this weekend is in the tenth tier, as AFC Bentley entertain Tideswell United from the Peak District. Both sides come into this game in mid table and on decent runs of form; AFC Bentley have five wins and a draw from their last six, whilst Tideswell’s only defeat in same period came at the hands of runaway leaders Bolsover.

Bentley Miners Welfare, The Avenue, Bentley, DN5 0PN
Admission: TBC

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