It perhaps came as no great surprise that the Doncaster Central Midlands League North Division derby at The Avenue finished honours even.
The 1-1 draw against visiting Brodsworth Welfare was Bentley Colliery’s fourth draw in ten starts this season – the highest tally of any team in the division this season.
In stark contrast, it was the first time in eight starts that Welfare had featured in a drawn game.
Bentley, who edged the first half, started well and took a deserved early lead through Ryan Nicholson.
The young Welfare side, which contained seven teenagers, dominated possession after the break. They wasted several chances before drawing level following a powerful header by Graeme Severn from a set-piece.
Welfare continued to squander good chances, while Bentley’s pacey forwards posed a threat on the break at the other end.
Askern’s return to form continued as they claimed their fourth win in eight starts with a 3-1 win away to lowly Welbeck Welfare.
But they left it late and the game looked to be heading for a 1-1 draw until Carl Horsley and Jason Kearsley struck in the closing stages.
Alex Rennie was the Askern scorer in a first half which ended with the two teams going in on level terms.
Thorne Colliery’s disappointing start to the season continued with their 4-2 defeat against bottom club Sherwood Colliery, who had lost all seven previous games.
Craig Payne was Sherwood’s four-goal hero with Scott Rhodes bagging a consolation brace for the visiting side.
Thorne, who finished third last season, now stand 14th, though they have a least a game in hand over a number of clubs above them.
Harworth, another of last season’s leading sides, have also struggled to make any impact this time around.
They lost for the fourth time this season when going down by the odd goal in five against high-flying Thoresby Colliery,now up to third.
Greg Fox struck early for Harworth only for Colliery to open up a 3-1 lead.
Arron Blakey’s last-minute goal for Harworth proved too late to affect the result and deny Thorsesby their seventh win in eight games.
See more photos from the Bentley v Brodsworth game as well as a comprehensive round-up of local football in this week’s Doncaster Free Press.
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