All eyes on derby day as Main and United go head-to-head again

Denaby's Chris Hancock
Denaby's Chris Hancock

It’s the game we’ve all been waiting for this weekend as Denaby United host Denaby Main at Old Road - and something has to give.

For both sides have 100% records in league competition so far in the early stages of the Doncaster & District Senior League Premier Division - with Main currently at the top, with two wins from their two games played.

United opened up their campaign in fine style, beating South Elmsall United Services 3-0, and Main have won their two games 5-0, against Armthorpe Markham Main, and 5-2, against Rossington MW last weekend.

Main have made a good start to life in the Premier Division after winning the Division One title, but Andrew Nota believes they will still start Saturday’s game as firm outsiders.

“We’re the underdogs, make no mistake,” Nota said.

“But it’s a local derby and anything can happen.”

It may lack the worldwide appeal of the ones Manchester or Milan - but Denaby’s derby day is still sure to be a full-blooded affair.

“Form goes out of the window when you play your rivals,” Nota added.

“But we’ll treat it no differently to any other game - we’ll do what we normally do, and I’m sure United will do likewise.

“We’ll tell the players to keep their heads, and not get involved in anything - hopefully after 90 minutes, everyone can shake hands, go to the pub and have a bit of banter about the game.

“I’m sure that will happen, because a lot of lads play together on Sundays and a few work together, too.”

Main warmed up for their short trip to United with a 5-2 win over Rossington at the weekend, after coming back from a goal down.

“Our season is going better than we thought it would,” Nota added.

“There were a few fans who turned out on Saturday, and I’m sure it’ll be the same on Saturday. It’s great for the area to have two clubs doing well.

“But we won’t treat this game any differently - we’ll turn up just before the kick-off, get changed, get the footballs out and play the game.”

The friendly rivalry between the two clubs extends off the field, too, as United used to play at Main’s current Tickhill Square ground.

“But that’s all in the past,” said United’s Steve Pugh.

“Playing at Tickhill Square again wasn’t right for us so we have no ill feelingtowards Main.

“We were the first to congratulate them on their title win, and I hope they do well this season and finish second - to us!”

Main men Ryan Oakley and Chris Hancock have both scored twice in their one appearance each so far, while Steve Ellor found the net against South Elmsall.