Toolstation NCEL Division 1
at Oxford Street
Rossington Main (0) 0
Penistone Church (2) 4
Danny Barlow 22
Danny Howes 38
Lewis Dickinson 59
Oliver Fearon 70
Admission £4. Attendance 140
BY heck I will hit my target figure of 125 games this season if it kills me.
A good number of vociferous supporters had made their way across from Penistone and it was a real shame for the host club that Doncaster Rovers away game at Scunthorpe hadn't been called off a bit sooner, allowing some of the 'Donny' fans with the opportunity to get to Rossington (or Harworth for their 2pm kick off).
At the other end, Liam Wright cued up a chance for his player manager Lee Holmes, but he scuffed his shot and failed to trouble Adam Rhodes.
Jason Stokes showed his marker some quick feet and set up his gaffer with yet another strike on goal and this time he shot only narrowly wide.
Within two minutes 'Church' were almost two goals to the good, but Danny Joynes hit his effort straight at Dye.
Stokes free kick was cleared for a corner, which the linesman gave as a goal kick but was over ruled by the referee. Billam took the kick and struck the ball low and hard across the face of the Penistone goal, but nobody managed to get even the slightest touch to it, which was all it needed and the visitors cleared their lines.
Penistone began to turn the screw on their hosts as half time approached and were rewarded with another goal for their efforts, when Danny Howes converted Joynes cross.
For purposes of clarification, I checked the line ups I had jotted down and in case you were wondering, not all of Penistone's players are actually called Danny.
HT: Rossington Main 0 v Penistone Church 2
Holmes took control of the ball as it bounced up in front of him on the edge of the area, juggled it over two challenges and crashed a shot narrowly over the bar.
The Main came even closer, when Stokes held the ball up well 18 yards from goal and slipped it into the path of Jordan Hatton, who beat Rhodes but skimmed the bar with his effort from level with the penalty spot. When your luck's out...
|Three members of the crowd spot Nora Batty in the distance|
Joynes was a whisker away from getting on the end of Dickinson's cross as the visitors threatened to run riot.
Rossington had created chances, but were now being punished for not finishing them off, as Ian Richards side took control of the second half.
Barlow's angled corner towards the edge of the Rossington area found Fearon in space and as Dye ran from the line to fill in a space where a defender should have been, he could only claw at the ball as the Penistone centre forward 'dinked' it over him, in the 70th minute.
Some oft the Main fans retired to the clubhouse and a few more sneaked out early, figuring that this game was now a done deal.
In the closing stages, the 'Church' almost added two more goals to their tally, when substitute Andy Ling smashed a thundering shot just over Dye's crossbar from 15 yards... and Barlow sent Dickinson through with a defence splitting pass, but having taken the ball round Dye he found the angle was too tight to squeak the ball past the left hand upright and over the line.
Rossington will want to forget about today ASAP, lord knows they were a team of triers today, but nothing came off for them. Penistone thoroughly deserved this win however and impressed me no end with their fast passing game, movement and clinical finishing.
FT: Rossington Main 0 v Penistone Church 4
Good luck 'Down Under' Danny Barlow... and good luck trying to replace him Ian Richards.