Doncaster Alliance League: Chasing pack falter in Premier Division title race

GOALKEEPING hero for Hucknall Sports.
GOALKEEPING hero for Hucknall Sports.

Second-placed Bentley Top Club’s Doncaster Sunday Alliance League Premier Division title hopes suffered a setback following their 2-1 defeat at Rhino’s.

Wayne Lindley and Shawn Atkinson shared Rhino’s goals with Craig Aspinalll replying for the visitors.

There was more good news for Canal Tavern, who retained their five-point lead despite being without a league game, as third-placed FC Glasshouse lost 2-1 at home to Eden Grove.

With defending champions Sprotbrough posting a 3-1 win at lowly Stainforth, Glasshouse dropped down to fifth.

Daniel Taylor, Paul Toomey and Tom McLaughlan were the Sprotbrough marksmen with Ricki Crompton replying for Stainforth.

Bottom club Auckley picked up a useful point from a 3-3 draw at home to mid-table Leger Lions.

Third-placed Armthorpe Albion moved to within three points of Championship leaders Lonsdale, who have played two games more, after claiming a 2-1 home win over their title rivals.

Carpenters Arms retained second spot thanks to their 9-3 win at mid-table Red Lion.

Andrew Walsh grabbed four of the Arms’ goals with Michael Wibberley weighing in with a hat trick. Dan Robinson and Dan Dean also got in on the act. Mitchell Wain (2) and Lee Foy replied for Lion.

Rossington United remain well placed after scoring five without reply at home to The Vault. Luke Wilkinson, Andy Culshaw, Dean Thornton, Adam Fraser and Scott Simpson all hit the target.

Bottom club Newton Arms featured in their first draw of the season (1-1) at Windmill.

Tank had to settle for a Callum Wakefield consolation in their 10-1 defeat at home to Bulllcroft Sports & Pastimes.

It finished honours even in the game of the day in Division One with leaders Winning Post and second-placed C&R Sports Bar, for whom Bobby Scurfield, Chris Colley and Andrew Fagan netted, battling out a 3-3 draw.

Third-placed Eve’s Trust Dynamo’s closed the gap on both teams after beating bottom club Armthorpe Village (Dan Petit, Brian Wright) 6-2.

Bessacarr retained fourth spot but lost ground after being held to a 3-3 draw at home to lowly FC Gatehouse.

Arksey Victoria claimed a 5-3 success at Adam & Steve. Kevin Lynch bagged a brace for Arksey with Paul Thompson, Joshua Barnes and James Barnes also hitting the target. Goals by James Hendry, David Colakovic and Danny Ferguson helped keep the home side in touch.

Leopard lost 6-3 at Carcroft Village. Garry Hodgson did the damage for Carcroft with a hat trick and he received good support from Adam Richardson, Matthew Williamson and Danny Falconer. Josh Marlow, Tom Webster and James Connor shared the Leopard consolation goals.

DN5 Old Boys held on to top spot in Division Two but they saw their lead cut to just one point after second-placed Legion Park Rangers, who have played seven games less, claimed their 14th win in as many starts with a vital 5-3 away victory.

Scott Henderson was the match-winner for Rangers, claiming four of their goals. Reece Pegden also checked in with a goal.

Third-placed Jakes Bar Rangers also turned up the pressure on the leaders following their 5-0 win at Scawthorpe. Nathan Booth hit a double for the winners and there were single strikes for Addison Ashworth, Lee Pearce and Jason Loosemore.

Ryecroft Rovers kept their hat in the ring with a 4-2 win at The Urban (Ben Cummings, Liam Cusack).

FC Ivanhoe held on to fourth spot courtesy of a 5-0 win at Scawthorpe. Schoolboy Norton won 3-0 at Highwayman.

Rhino’s United lost out by the odd goal in three at home to FC Cumberland, whose goals were shared by Scott Lightfoot and Ben Lawson.

Fairway Athletic continue to set the pace at the top of Division Three following their 4-2 win over Team 23.

The Railway also kept on track for the title after beating Eden Arms (Liam Gallagher) 4-1.

Third-placed White Hart (Askern) beat hosts Jakes Bar United by the odd goal in seven. Tom Costello (2), Lewis Horth, Mark Takak were the White Hart scorers with Andrew Kime(2) Ryan Dooley replying.

Dark-horses Balby Athletic beat FC Parklands (Reece Davis) 5-1. Local rivals Balby Academy of Sport Inter edged a 2-1 win over visiting Bentley Sports & Social thanks to goals by Liam Priest and Richard Rogers.

Newlands dished out a 7-3 beating to hosts Balby Rovers on the back of goals by William Amps (2) and Philip Vernon (2), Tyler Stocks, Michael Brown and Alex Hampson.

Palfreys Lodge beat Windmill Wanderers 4-1.