Doncaster Alliance League round-up: Former champions keep pressure on Bentley Top Club


Second-placed Bentley Top Club remain in the driving seat to claim the Doncaster Sunday Alliance League Premier Division runners-up spot after beating fourth-placed FC Glasshouse 8-4.

But they may still have to win their last match of the season to deny third-placed Sprotbrough.

The defending champions, seven points adrift with two games in hand, maintained the pressure with a 1-0 win at Athletico Tap Maker.

Rhino’s climbed several places to fifth on the back of a 4-0 win over Leger Lions and with three games in hand over FC Glasshouse and just one point adrift, they will fancy their chances of finishing in the top four. Joe Hodgson. Danny Porteous, Dean Daffin and Steven Athey shared out the Rhino’s goals.

Stainforth climbed above Lions after beating visiting Eden Grove 5-2.

The Championship title race looks set to go down to the wire with three teams still in with a chance.

Leaders Rossington United, one point clear at the top having played a game more, threw down the gauntlet to their rivals when posting an 11-2 win over Willaspoons, whose consolation goals were shared by Michael Simmonitte and Daniel Smith.

Second-placed Bullcroft Sports & Pastimes dealt out a 5-1 beating to The Vault.

Fourth-placed Armthorpe Albion, five points adrift of United, kept their hopes alive with a 4-2 win over Rosehill Press (Ross Adamson, Ryan Ambler).

The best Carpenters Arms can do now is to hold on to third spot despite beating Red Lion (Askern) 9-4 in their penultimate game.

Michael Wibberley claimed five of their goals with Andrew Welsh, Matt Kilvington and Dan Robinson also netting, Mark Kearsley bagged a brace for the losers with Jack Kirk and Thomas Noon also chipping in.

Eve’s Trust Dynamo’s held on to top spot in Division One despite being held to a 2-2 draw at Adam & Steve, for whom Andy Walkden and Mel Cotton netted, in their penultimate game.

But The Askern, just one point behind with two games in hand, look favourites after beating FC Gatehouse 6-3.

Paul Smith led the way with a hat trick and Callum Smith weighed in with a brace. Jake Holdsworth also chipped in.

Finningley Athletic beat FC Dunscroft 5-4.

Scawthorpe had to settle for a consolation by Gary Waterhouse when losing 3-1 at home to FC Wadworth (Wales 2, Whitehurst).

Legion Park Rangers are six points clear at the top of Division Two following their 5-0 win at FC Ivanhoe.

Scott Henderson was their hat trick hero with Reese Pegden and Steven Crossan also netting.

But third-placed Rycroft Rovers, 3-2 winners at Schoolboy Norton, can still pip them in the run-in.

Balby Athletic boosted their Division Three title hopes with a 5-1 win over Eden Arms (Rob Earle).