Doncaster Alliance League round-up: Holders Sprotbrough crash out of KO Cup


Holders Sprotbrough crashed out of the Doncaster Sunday Alliance League’s Ernie Prince Memorial KO Cup.

Last season’s double winners lost out by the odd goal in three at mid-table Championship side Rossington United.

In a season of cup upsets, just three top flight sides are through to the quarter-finals.

Of those three sides, only Athletico Tap Maker - who beat Division Three hosts The Railway 2-1 thanks to goals by Kyle Jones and Ashley Hunter - are currently holding down a top-five spot.

Leger Lions booked their place in the last eight with a 4-3 win at Third Division Balby Athletic.

Bottom club Stainforth handed out a 2-0 beating to Championship visitors Windmill.

Adam & Steve join them in the next round following their 4-2 win over FC Dunscroft. Shaun Hardisty bagged a brace for the winners with Gary Evans and Andy Walkden also netting.

Bullcroft Sports & Pastimes recorded the biggest cup win of the day, beating FC Wadworth 6-0. Gary Mundy claimed four of the goals with Zak Risdale bagging a brace.

Championship outfit Carpenters Arms beat Division One counterparts Eve’s Trust Dynamo’s by the odd goal in three.

Second Division title challengers Ryecroft Rovers are the lowest placed club through to the last eight – they beat local Division One rivals The Askerrn 2-1.

Bentley Top Club, who have two games in hand, closed the gap on long-time Premier Division leaders Canal Tavern after becoming the first side to beat them in the league this season.

Michael Attard hit a double for Top Club in their 3-2 win with Craig Aspinall also hitting the target. Glenn Hookway claimed both Tavern’s consolation goals.

Eden Grove climbed into the top four on the back of a 9-0 romp against lowly Auckley. FC Glasshouse retained third spot thanks to a 4-0 win over Graceholme.

Lonsdale remain in the driving seat in the Championship after becoming only the second side to beat third-placed Armthorpe Albion by the odd goal in a nine-goal thriller.

Second-placed Walton Wonderers kept the pressure on the leaders after beating Rosehill Press 2-0. Red Lion (Askern) won 3-1 at bottom club Newton Arms.

Lowly FC Gatehouse produced one of the shocks of the day with a 2-1 win away to Division One leaders Winning Post (Kieran Ferguson).

C & R Sports Bar climbed into the top four with a 5-3 win over Carcroft Village. Chris Colley (2), Thomas Aneley, Nial Horstead and Iain Lowe shared the C & R goals with Garry Hogson (2) and Aaron Batho replying for Carcroft.

Bottom club Armthorpe Village, for whom Darren Walker netted, failed to build on their first win of the season, going down 4-1 at Finningley.

Second-bottom Leopard picked up a point from a 4-4 draw at home to Arksey Victoria.

Second-placed Legion Park Rangers still look the team to beat in the Division Two title race after they posted an emphatic 6-0 victory away to bottom club The Urban to claim their 12th win in as many starts.

Reece Pergden and Scott Henderson both hit a brace for Rangers with Sam Nelson and Ryan Clegg also on target.

DN5 Old Boys, who have played seven games more, retained their four-point advantage with a 7-3 win over Balby CSV.

Rhino’s United dented Jakes Bar Rangers’ hopes when handing them a 7-2 beating. Jason Loosemore scored both Rangers’ consolation goals.

Scawthorpe and FC Ivanhoe battled out a goalless draw.

Fairway Athletic regained top spot in Division Three after claiming a 6-0 win over Jakes Bar United. Third-placed White Hart (Askern) beat lowly Newlands by the same score.

Dark horses Balby Academy of Sport Inter lost their unbeaten record after going down 4-1 at Team 23. Thomas Martin (2), Richard Hornsby and Chris Marriot were the Team 23 marksmen with Ryan Lambert replying for the losers.

*Teams wishing for their scorers to appear in our weekly round-up must ensure that their match report form reaches the league registrar before 5pm on Monday and that scorers are listed.