Jan 15th 2023 matchday

Non-stop SYAL five-a side action at Goals Sheffield

Sheffield FC (Black) set the Premier League pace

Titans (Blue) in command in the Championship

Hornets edging Barton in League One

Bradford Emeralds out in front in League Two

Fourteen League fixtures – and a few friendlies – filled another exciting 5-a-side afternoon of www.southyorkshireabilitycountsleague.com at Goals (Sheffield) last Sunday, 15th January. As always, the matches attracted a good crowd; tucked away in the galleries were our fearless matchday reporters covering the action for your reading pleasure, and as always, our website editor Margaret pulled everything together; dotting the “I’s” and crossing the “t’s” on another cracking day.

Sad to report that Social Eyes (White) and (Green) have withdrawn from our league. We’ll be saying a little more in an article on the website soon, but we hope they’ll be back in due course. They’ll be missed, along with their coaches and supporters.

We also have some fantastic news about a new club joining – well, re-joining – our competition next season and the website has an interview feature on this great news too so look out for both pieces  at www.southyorkshireabilitycountsleague.com.

So, to Sundays action. It was cold, but the rain held off and conditions were good for competitive action. Discipline scores were near perfect all afternoon with minor issues involving foul play and one example of dissent. Well done, everyone and congratulations and thanks as always to our brilliant referees.

There were four fixtures in the Premier Division. First off were two excellent matches between Bradford City Claret and Sheffield FC Disability (Black); and although the Sheffield side took maximum points from the matches, Bradford played a full part in two high calibre encounters. In particular, both goalkeepers had fantastic games, making save after save – so congratulations to both ‘keepers.

In the final two games Barton Inter Bar took two wins over a battling Wath Stars Junior Hub. Again, these were great games and Wath’s goal in the second game was well-deserved; however, the excellent Barton team ran out worthy winners.

 Sheffield’s two wins, and Barton’s six-point haul keeps both sides first and second respectively in the Premier League table with every team having played six matches. City Knights Red are third with eleven points, with Bradford Claret not too far behind. Dooley (White) and Wath battle on and will be looking forward to the visit to Goals Doncaster in February.

The standings after Sunday’s games are as follows:

1Sheffield FC Disability 5-a-side (Black)6600618
2Barton Inclusive Football Club Inter Bar6420414
3City Knights Red6321211
4Bradford City FITC Disability Claret6213-17
5Derek Dooley Football Academy White6015-51
6Wath Stars Junior Hub United6006-60

Just two fixtures in the Championship following the withdrawal of Rawmarsh St. Josephs Social Eyes. In both games Club Doncaster Titans (blue) faced Sheffield FC (Purple) and took all six points with two hard-fought wins, watched by Titans’ coach John Hibbert.

“In the first game we started strongly,” John told us. “First Danny scored, assisted by Conner and then Conner scored again. Then Conner scored again before halftime; the score 3-0. In the second half we went to two touch. I changed my shape of the team for a weaker team, but we controlled the game. The game finished Titans Blue 3 Sheffield Purple 0.”

In the second game I tried to weaken our side more,” John continued. “We were too strong; we started passing the ball more, so the first half ended 0-0. In the second half it changed; first Danny assisted Conner and Conner scored. We were still too strong, so we took two players off. Scott came over to me and told me to play another player saying at least we turned up with subs; but I was uneasy about the decision. I put another player on, and Conner assisted Danny to score, but then Danny assisted Ash and Ash scored; Ash then got our last goal of the game. Jamie was unlucky today. The game ended up Titans 4 Sheffield 0.”

“I would just like to say it was nice to see us using in the match what we’ve been learning on the training ground, so that was brilliant guys today, we had a good day!” John added.

In the Championship table with all teams having played four times, it is Club Doncaster Titans Blue who lead the way by five points from Bradford City (Diamonds). Sheffield Purple have four.

Club Doncaster Titans (Ladies) played two friendlies on Sunday watched by coach Steph Hall.

Friendly 1: Bradford 7 – 4 CDT Ladies

“Really good game of football played by both teams, an end to end game with both sides creating many chances. CDT showed some brilliant defending and attacking play which made it a close game. Also, both goalkeepers pulled off some brilliant saves to keep their teams in the game. In the end both teams scored many goals and Bradford came out as winners. The goal scorers for CDT were Nikita x 3 and Karen; the assists came from Steph x 2, Sheridan and Zee.”

Friendly 2: CDT Ladies 4-6 Bradford

“This was another brilliant game played by both teams, also end to end as both teams started well and created many chances. CDT went ahead in this game and Bradford pulled one back. CDT went into half time in the lead. CDT started the second half strongly and scored two more goals, Bradford replied each time. CDT continued to create chances and Bradford kept pressing. In the end Bradford scored some more and won the game. This game was much closer with CDT defending and attacking really well. Nikita scored all four goals for CDT with the assists coming from Zee x 2, Steph and Sheridan.”

1Club Doncaster Titans FC (Adult) Blue4400412
2Bradford City FITC Disability Diamonds421117
3Sheffield FC 5’s (Purple)4112-14
4Rawmarsh St Joseph’s J.F.C. Social Eyes000000
5Club Doncaster Titans FC (Adult) Ladies4004-4

So to League One and three matches. Hillsborough Hornets (Gold) won both their competitive matches. In the first they faced Derek Dooley Green, watched by Dooley’s Claire Cowlishaw.

 “The team were buoyed by a win in the friendly for their league game, but they were soon brought back down to earth with an early goal against them,” Claire told syacl.com. ”There was some good work by them all against a very strong team. Stephen tried to save the goal with his feet, but it went past him. Woody was trying up front and with Ben doing some solid defending, Bethany showed good defending and then half in the net, where she excelled. Archie did well on the wing and some good passing to the middle, but the goalkeeper saved again. Well done everyone against a very strong team.”

Hornets second game saw them take the points against Barton Hull Vikings. Vikings stayed on Pitch 4 to face Derek Dooley (Blue) again watched by Claire from Dooley.

“The team were ready after a win in their friendly, but they went down to an early goal,” Claire admitted. “The team kept going with some solid defending from Cody, hard work in the middle by Fallon and Tanisha, Matt had a good run up but his shot went wide. Ryan saved some good shots but let another in. This was a physical game for the team, but they kept going to the end.”  

In the table, it looks like a straight fight for the title between Hornets (Gold) and Barton Hull Vikings, with Hornets holding a three-point lead going into February. City Knights (White) and Dooley (Blue) will still have a big say in the run up to the end of the season, whilst Dooley (Green) will keep battling in every game.

All five teams have played six points.

1Hillsborough Hornets Disability FC Gold6600618
2Barton Inclusive Football Club Hull Viki6501415
3City Knights White6204-26
4Derek Dooley Football Academy Blue6204-26
5Derek Dooley Football Academy Green6006-60

In League Two there were two competitive matches between Titans (Yellow) and Wath Stars (Blue). The first game ended in a thrilling last gasp draw and the second saw a fine win for Wath. The games were watched by Titans’ coach Liam Taylor.

“In the first game Wath scored to make it 1-0 and then scored again to make it 2-0 then Titans scored by Christian to make it 2 – 1 and Barney scored to make it 2 – 2,” Liam told www.syacl.com. “A long shot made it 3 – 2 Wath and Wath scored to make it 4 – 2 and Christian scored to make it 4 – 3; Wath scored to make 5 – 3 and Matt scored to make it 5 – 4 ; then Matt scored to make 5 – 5 with a late penalty.”

In the second game Christian made 1 – 0 Titans and Wath scored to made it 1 – 1” Liam added. “Wath scored to make it 2 – 1 then 3 – 1 then 4 – 1 and again to make it 5-1 and finally once more to make it 6-1 to Wath.”

Bradford Emeralds set the pace after 4 games in League Two and enjoy a six point lead over Wath Stars. Titans (Yellow) and Spartans have three points, with Rawmarsh Social Eyes White having withdrawn.

1Bradford City FITC Disability Emeralds4400412
2Wath Stars Junior Hub United blue421117
3Spartans FC4103-23
4Club Doncaster Titans FC (Adult) Yellow4013-31
5Rawmarsh St Joseph’s J.F.C. Social Eyes000000

Attention switches back to the Under 16’s and Under-12’s who do battle next Sunday. For match reports and pictures, follow us on Twitter @SYorksACL or here at http://www.southyorkshireabilitycountsleague.com.