Groves dent leaders’ title aspirations

Peter Brooks Honda Mexborough and District Sunday Football League

THOUGH they seem unlikely to be contesting it themselves, Groves Social may have had a major say in the destination of the title after producing a shock 3-2 win over The Dearne Valley.

Patchy form has prevented Groves from mounting their usual title charge while Dearne continue to top the table.

But a Stephen Ellor hat trick earned the Denaby side the win while Mark Durose and an own goal provided the Dearne response.

Dearne’s lead stands at three points but all the chasers hold at least two games in hand.

MEXBOROUGH Main Street continued their push for the title with a 4-1 win over Cromwells.

Adam Middleton continued his blistering scoring rate with a brace while Nathan Lovell and Ben Pankovics were also on target for Main, who sit 10 points off top spot but with four games in hand.

Sloppy play in front of goal hurt George and Dragon as they slipped to a 2-0 defeat at leaders Ingsfield Lane.

Ingsfield got the better of the first half due to the blustery wind and carried a two goal lead into the break.

But they faced a barrage from the Dragon in the second half with the Mexborough side unable to find the net.

Andy Denman took the man of the match honours for the Dragon.

Bolton Social remain finely poised in second place after seeing off Telstar 3-1.

ALBERT Road kept their title push on track with a 4-2 win over Stone House.

Jake Hardcastle, Luke Parkin, Ian Jackson and Ronnie Hitchener were all on target as Albert moved a point off top spot.

Ivanhoe maintained their place at the top of the table with a 5-2 win over Mexborough Main Street Reserves while second place Roman were also victorious, winning 3-0 at The Staithes.

Conisbrough Station moved further away from the foot of the table with a 4-1 win over Boy and Barrel.

A Ben Rhodes penalty plus strikes from Lewis Deaks, Matt Frost and Chris Hargrave helped Station to the win.

Cross Keys earned a 2-1 win over lowly Red Lion Wath while Cafe Sport picked up a 3-1 win at Mexborough Miners Arms.

LAST season’s losing finalists Swinton WMC are well on course for a second chance after easing into the semi finals with a 6-2 mauling of Thurnscoe Coronation.

Andy Whitehead opened the scoring from the penalty spot but Corra equalised to ensure parity at the break.

Swinton surged clear in the second half with Brett Lovell and Ryan Morton finding the net before Corra pulled another back.

The game was put to bed when Zeth Thomas netted his first goal for the club before skipper Whitehead added a rare header.