Worksop Sunday League is back this weekend

Secretary Shaun Donnelly admits excitement is high as the Worksop Sunday League prepares for a return.

Tuesday, 30th March 2021, 4:08 pm
Updated Tuesday, 30th March 2021, 4:24 pm
Fans will officially not be able to watch games this weekend.

Matches in Division One and Two as well as the Dave Crisp Challenge Cup quarter-final ties will be played this weekend.

It marks a welcome return for teams across the district, with the Worksop Sunday League one of few leagues not to be null and voided in the Sheffield and Hallamshire county set-up, which it is part of.

Mr Donnelly said: “It is really exciting and the best bit for me is that we have kept going. A lot of leagues in the county set-up have packed up but we have kept at it.

The Division One title race is a close affair.

“The teams are eager to get back at it and the council has prepared the pitches to get them ready.

“We have kept costs down to a minimum which has helped us. At our June AGM we said we would charge no registration fees to the league, it is all about playing football.

“Teams have had to contribute much less. It’s £22 for a council pitch so the costs have encouraged people to get on with it.”

And he is expecting some excellent competition on the pitch with Langold OBs hot on the heels of Division One leaders Greendale Oak.

The league has kept costs to a minimum in a bid to encourage teams to play on.

Both teams have still to play each other and both are still involved in the Dave Crisp Challenge Cup.

In Division Two Innings FC look well-placed to achieve promotion as champions.

“The teams are itching to get back at it. Division One is very tight and it is going to be exciting.

"The intention of the committee is to complete the season in full and have a winner of the Dave Crisp Challenge Cup and both divisions.

"This wasn’t achievable last season which makes the committee even more determined to reach a conclusion this season.

“We use council pitches so, although fans are not allowed, there is nothing you can do to stop people walking around the pitch in fresh air.

“It is not like Worksop Town. It is fine for us in terms of fans being able to watch.”

Matches will be played under Department for Digital , Culture, Media and Sport guidelines, meaning players will not have access to changing room facilities.

Bassetlaw District Council have also committed to providing affordable facilities until the end of May and conclusion of the 20/21 season.