Doncaster Senior League: ‘Ell of a performance from Steve in United’s 14-1 win

Denaby Main v Denaby United.  United's Steve Ellor (right) looks for a way past Gary Adcock.  Picture: Malcolm Billingham
Denaby Main v Denaby United. United's Steve Ellor (right) looks for a way past Gary Adcock. Picture: Malcolm Billingham

Striker Steve Ellor was the star of Denaby United’s Doncaster FA Challenge Cup show, scoring an incredible seven times in a 14-1 win over struggling Bentley Pumas.

With no senior goalkeeper available, assistant manager Andy Price donned the gloves - but he was relatively untroubled throughout the afternoon, as Doncaster Senior League Premier Division leaders United ran riot.

They broke the deadlock after just five minutes, when Ellor met Paul Hemmingway’s cross from the right and sidefooted home.

Ellor doubled his tally four minutes later, when he raced onto a ball from Ashley Cantrell and made no mistake with the finish.

Cantrell was proving a real handful on the right wing, and he turned provider once again when he set up Hemmingway for the first of his own hat-trick.

Bentley’s only effort of the half came on 16 minutes, when Price easily dealt with a long-range shot.

Inside 25 minutes, United were 5-0 up. First, Ellor sealed his hat-trick with a penalty, after he was fouled, and Cantrell got his name on the scoresheet minutes later after Hemmingway’s shot was blocked.

Bentley were struggling to get out of their own half at this stage, and United were 10-0 up by half time.

Hemmingway scored United’s sixth after good work by Mark Williams, and the two switched roles for the seventh as Williams notched.

Ellor notched his fourth and fifth either side of a Pumas own goal, as United reached double figures before the half-time whistle.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, given the margin of United’s advantage, the second half failed to live up to the excitement of the first, although there were still five goals scored.

Hemmingway sealed his hat-trick with a superb 20-yard chip over the stricken goalkeeper, and after Ross Petty hit the bar, the Pumas were pressured into conceding another own goal.

Two further strikes from Ellor, either side of Mark Barkham’s consolation goal for Bentley, saw United progress comprehensively into the next round of the cup.

n Elsewhere, Scawthorpe Scorpions had to settle for a brace by Mitchell Wain when going down 9-2 away to County Senior League outfit South Kirkby Colliery.

Craig Trewick grabbed both Armthorpe Markham Main goals in their 2-2 Doncaster Senior League Premier Division draw against visiting Sutton Rovers.

A Scott Spencer brace decided the only other Premier Division game of the day in Rossington Main’s favour.

Scott Maughan scored second-placed Rossington’s other goal in their 3-2 win at Yorkshire Main, whose goals were shared by Daniel Massey and Ryan Bywater.

FC Central and second-bottom Harworth Colliery shared a 2-2 draw in the only Division One game to be played. The point sends Central top, over Swinton Athletic, on goal difference.