SHEFFIELD & HALLAMSHIRE COUNTY FA SENIOR CHALLENGE CUP @ WOOLLEY COLLIERY RD 11 NOVEMBER --- 2PM
|MAIN STAND AT WOOLLEY COLLIERY RD|
Never a fan of county cups this one though would be the third one in a row! Following a couple of Derbyshire Senior Cup ties this fixture looked mouth watering with the visitors from The Central Midlands League South on a roll after a disastrous start to their debut season now having secured a five games unbeaten record taking on Sheffield County Senior side North Gawber Colliery. Made more interesting by the fact that Renishaw are a Derbyshire side based in South Yorkshire playing at Kiveton Park and North Gawber Colliery playing at Woolley Collieries former ground are as close to West Yorkshire as you can get football wise. There is the added twist that last season Renishaw were competing in the second division of the County Senior League.
|SPARK LANE FORMER HOME OF NORTH GAWBER COLLIERY FC|
|THE COSY AQUA FISH BAR WITH SCRAPS THOUGH|
|NORTH GAWBER COLLIERY MEMORIAL ADJACENT TO THE FORMER COLLIERY|
|STONE PLINTH AT THE APPROACH TO LONG ROW AND TOP ROW|
|GAWBER KEEPER BUTCHER PUNCHES CLEAR|
As with most pits the sports ground was by the colliery and here Woolley Miners Welfare Cricket Club offer us a smart white building with changing rooms and atop these a bar offering a superb view of the cricket pitch. The cricket club merge with Barnsley last season and now only the thirds and fourths play here plus the Sunday side. The football pitch to the far end of the cricket was the former home of Woolley Colliery FC who up until 1990 were competing in the NCEL before folding an all too big a coincidence I guess that just after the pit was lost so too was the football club.
|RENISHAW BENCH OVERVIEWED BY THE NORTH GAWBER CREW|
The game today sees little information on the home side who seem to have no social media output at all which is a shame because they have a steady little set up and today produced a very entertaining game for the 32 spectators.
|RENISHAW ATTACK THROUGH COLLEY|
|NORTH GAWBER COLLIERY CLEARING THEIR DEFENCE|
The home side took the lead for the first time on 77 minutes when Welford took the ball down and charged on to fire home for a lovely display of control. With the visitors going to 3 up top Jack Farrow crashed a 25 yard effort off the underside of the bar and onto the line as the ball fell away Morton saw his effort saved by the home keepers leg.
|BOOTH WATCHES ON AS RENISHAW CLEAR THEIR LINES|
A harsh score line on the visitors but this had been a tremendous battle with both sides contributing to a very entertaining game. The time was right to leave back down Woolley Colliery Rd towards Darton station a few minutes away and for the first time in ages the blog was the only passenger to board.
Once again a County Cup game had produced a very entertaining afternoon, I really must change my views, and overall this had been an interesting visit spent north of Barnsley, pop along and take a look it comes recommended.