Title chaser’s missed chances

Peter Brooks Honda Mexborough and District Sunday Football League

IT was a case of missed opportunities as Swinton WMC and Groves Social battled out a 0-0 draw.

Victory would have given leaders Swinton the opportunity to cement their place at the top of the pile while chasers Groves need every victory they can as they look to make up the three games in hand and a 12 point deficit.

It was not an encounter Swinton were relishing with several players missing and other carrying injuries.

But a solid display, with left back Richard Roden particularly impressive, saw Swinton claim a point.

Jeff Thomas did find the net for Swinton only for it to be ruled out for offside.

Queens United maintained their outside hopes for the title with a 3-1 win at Goldthorpe Comrades.

Queens are six points off top spot but have a game in hand and a trip to Swinton WMC to come.

Welfare saw thir relegation worries increased as they suffered a 3-2 defeat to Station 2007.

MEXBOROUGH Main Street struck a major blow in the Division One title fight as they saw off local rivals Mexborough Weatherspoons 2-1 in a blood and thunder derby.

The two title chasers threw everything into the encounter which was superbly officiated by Dave Hobson, one of just a few who kept a cool head throughout.

Trev Dunn scored for Weatherspoons but goals from Adam Middleton and Nathan Loughnane, who drilled home a 35 yard wonderstrike, handed Main the three points to leave them seven off leaders Ingsfield Lane with three games in hand.

Weatherspoons still have seven games in hand over the leaders but sit 24 points adrift.

Bolton Social maintained their push for the title with a 2-0 win over Barnburgh Coach and Horses.

George and Dragon strolled to a comfortable 4-0 win over Mexborough Sportsman.

Matty Drewett converted two penalties as George took control with Zumba Jones particularly outstanding.

Sportsman forced their way back into the game but George sealed the win with two goals from Arran Jakobson in the last 20 minutes.

Montagu Arms triumphed 5-3 over Cromwells while Telstar were 4-0 winners at rock bottom Plough Inn.

LEADERS Ivanhoe saw their title aspirations hit as they were beaten 1-0 by second placed Cafe Sport which cut their lead to just two points.

Stone House also moved within two points after a 4-0 win at Roman.

The Staithes remain strong contenders in the seven way race for the title after a 4-0 win over Mexborough Main Street Reserves.

James Durose and David Winnard gave Staithes a 2-0 lead at the break with Main missing several good chances.

Durose scored again after the break with Andy Woolley rounding things off.

Cross Keys remain in the hunt after a 7-1 mauling of Red Lion Wath.

A David Siddons strike gave Mexborough Miners Arms a 1-1 draw with The Gate.

Andrew Ferrell saw efforts hit the bar and cleared off the line as Miners looked to take the win.

WESTVILLE reached the first of what they hope will be five finals after seeing off Woodman Inn Swinton 3-1.

Superior finishing took Westville through with Nicky Harper left with a simple tap in to put them ahead after good work from Jamie Williams and Stewart.

Woodman equalised but straight from the kick off, Williams was sent clear and rounded the keeper to score and put Westville back in front.

Westville always needed a third to kill off battling Woodman but they had to wait until 10 minutes from time when Kieren Hirst sent Craig Jackson clear to score.