Doncaster Senior League: Athletic look to keep up with the Joneses!

Swinton Athletic Reserves
Swinton Athletic Reserves

Swinton Athletic could return to the summit of the Doncaster Senior League’s Division One table this weekend, after being knocked off top spot last Saturday by title rivals FC Central.

Athletic, led by boss Ryan Jones, face bottom club Bentley Pumas at home on Saturday - weather permitting.

Athletic haven’t played since January 18, when they hammered Harworth Colliery 4-0, and have seen FC Central overtake them in the race for promotion to the Premier Division.

But, because of the number of postponments, Athletic have three crucial games in hand on Central, who are ahead by a single point with a superior goal difference.

Athletic thrashed the Pumas 6-1 in their last meeting back in November of last year and, immediately after that game, Jones told the South Yorkshire Times how he wanted to win promotion as a fitting tribute to club stalwarts Fred Bradshaw and Eric Johnson, who served the club in a number of roles.

“It would be an honour to add more honours to this club, with its great history,” Jones said.

“I am sure both Fred - who was involved with the club for 50 years as a supporter,player, secretary and chairman - and Eric, who helped found the club, will be looking down on us with smiles on their faces.

“They would be delighted tosee their beloved Swinton in such good shape, all pulling in the right direction together.”

Premier Division leaders Denaby United continue their push for another title win away at Sutton Rovers, while local rivals Denaby Main travel to Armthorpe Markham Main.

Third-placed Main have three games in hand on their rivals, and trail them by 13 points.