Dodworth Miners Welfare v Hepworth United

2pm  10 February 2018

Sheffield County Senior League, Division One
Dodworth Miners Welfare 2 Hepworth United 1 (att 33)

Dodworth's ground is one of a sadly declining number of traditional miners' welfare sports grounds that's not only still in use but that still has the spectator accommodation dating back to the time when large crowds gathered on match days.

The crowds aren't so large now, but there was still a decent turnout for this game, in the second level of the Sheffield County Senior League, especially considering it clashed with Barnsley playing Sheffield Wednesday in a lunchtime kick off, and Sheffield United hosting Leeds live on TV.

The football pitches are separated from the cosy clubhouse by bowling greens. The main pitch is dominated by nine steps of terracing covered by a cavernous roof, the sort that's usually only found these days in Scottish junior football.

A pair of dugouts are more recent additions at the front of the stand, and the rest of the pitch is railed off. The current Dodworth Miners Welfare FC is a recent reincarnation, and is on an upward trajectory, following promotion last season they still have a 100% league record in 2017/18.

They had to work hard to keep their impressive record intact against a stubborn Hepworth side. The first half was a bit of a slog on a heavy pitch, and it was the visitors who opened the scoring with a deflected free kick after an hour's play.

Going a goal down sparked Dodworth into upping their game. They drew level just four minutes after conceding, and with momentum behind them they got a winner to make it 15 winds from 15 games, to the delight of their supporters.

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