Doncaster Alliance League: Canal Tavern open up eight-point cushion at the top


Canal Tavern opened up an eight-point gap at the top of the Doncaster Sunday Alliance League Premier Division table after beating Rhino’s by the odd goal in five.

Shawn Atkinson and Wayne Lindley shared Rhino’s consolation goals.

Second-placed Bentley Top Club lost ground after slumping to a shock 6-0 defeat at home to mid-table Graceholme.

Defending champions Sprotbrough kept their hopes alive with a 6-2 win over top-four rivals Eden Grove. Paul Toomey (2), David Taylor, Luke Dart, Jonathan Mirfin and Tom McLaughlan netted.

FC Glasshouse climbed above Grove following their 4-0 win over Toll Bar.

Leger Lions (Ben Machin, Ryan Wattam, Josh Green) moved to within two points of Athletico Tap Maker after beating them 3-1.

Stainforth beat fellow strugglers Wheatsheaf (Doncaster) 2-1 to claim their fourth win of the season. Craig Newman and Jamie Hindson were both on target with Declan Archibold replying for the home side.

Carpenters Arms are the new Championship leaders. They beat Willaspoons 7-0 while Lonsdale were crashing to a 5-0 defeat at Walton Wonderers.

Michael Wibberley and Matt Kilvington both notched hat tricks for the winners with Andrew Welch also netting.

Bullcroft Sports & Social, who have at least four games in hand of the top two, are up to third after beating another fancied side Armthorpe Albion (2-1) on the back of goals by Shaun Mundy and Joe Fisher.

Rossington United remain in the frame following their 8-0 win over bottom club Newton Arms. Dean Thornton led the way with a hat trick with Scott Simpson weighing in with a brace. Niall Doyle and Andy Culshaw completed the tally.

Red Lion (Askern) won 2-1 away at second-bottom Tank (Andy Eaton). Rosehill Press (Arron Jakobson, Ryan Ambler) lost 4-2 at The Vault, for whom Carl Lunn (2), Daniel Mays and Luke Newton replied.

Long-time Division One leaders Winning Post held on top spot but saw their lead cut to just two points following their 3-1 home defeat against eighth-placed Adam & Steve (Gary Evans 2, Danny Ferguson).

Second-placed C&R Sports (Iain Lowe 2, Chris Colley) and fourth-placed Bessacarr drew 3-3.

The Askern kept in touch with a 3-0 win at Finningley thanks to goals by Jake Holdsworth, Callum Smith and Michael Curtis.

Armthorpe Village (Brian Wright, Wayne Adams) continue to prop up the table after losing 3-2 at home to Arksey Victoria. Fellow strugglers Leopard (Jason Jones, Richard Jones) also tasted defeat (5-2) at home to FC Dunscroft.

A Russ Danns hat trick laid the foundations for Carcroft Village’s 5-2 win at FC Gatehouse. David Falconer and Scott Wilson also netted.

Legion Park Rangers (Scott Henderson) dropped their first points of the season when being held to a 1-1 Division Two draw at FC Wadworth.

Leaders DN5, who have played seven games more, took advantage to extend their lead at the top to three points with a 5-4 win over third-placed Jakes Bar Rangers.

Ryecroft Rovers, another well-placed team with games in hand, boosted their hopes with a 3-2 win at Ivanhoe who exchanged places with them in the table.

Highwayman grabbed the spoils when beating Balby CSV 7-2. Michael Hemsworth was the visitors’ hat trick hero and he received good support from Brett Dean, Billy Worton and Thomas Hall (2).

Rhino’s United won 4-2 at FC Cumberland (Jack Taylor 2),

Pit Club prop up the table following their 3-1 home defeat by Scawthorpe, whose goals were shared by Dale Clarkson, Gary Waterhouse and Arron Stanley, and The Urban’s 2-1 win at Schoolboy Norton courtesy of goals by Harry Hottham and Kip Harris.

The Railway missed out on top spot, leaders Fairway being without a game, when suffering a 4-3 Division Three defeat at home to fourth-placed Balby Athletic.

Third-placed White Hart (Askern) moved to within a point of them after handing out a 5-0 beating to Windmill Wanderers. James Andrew (2), Dale Carrick, Tom Costello and Nathan Anderson shared the goals.

Balby Academy of Sport Inter kept their outside hopes alive with an 8-1 win at bottom club Balby Rovers. Sam York and Ryan Lambert both bagged a brace with Liam Priest, Jaymie Hunter, Richard Rogers and James Hackzyskj also getting in on the action.

FC Parklands beat Eden Arms by the odd goal in five. Newlands dished out a 6-2 beating to Jakes Bar United.