Doncaster and District Challenge Cup, Quarter-Final
Wombwell Main 10 Dearne and District 1 (att 130)
No cup upset in south Yorkshire as Doncaster League Dearne were outclassed by Wombwell Main, who play four divisions higher in the top flight of the Sheffield County Senior League.
The gulf between the two sides was huge. Wombwell were goal up after two minutes, four clear after 20 and had a 7-0 lead before half time brought some respite for Dearne's players, who'd barely got a kick.
Wombwell couldn't maintain the same intensity in the second period, and to be fair they had no need to. Dearne got the half's opening goal just three minutes in, but Wombwell eventually made it into double figures.
Some detective work was needed to track down the venue for this tie. Neither team has floodlights (despite what the Doncaster Senior League's website suggests for Dearne) and so Wombwell hired the artificial pitch at the Dearne Advanced Learning Centre in Goldthorpe.
It may have been Wombwell's home game but, as the name suggests, the venue is closer to Dearne and being a local derby it attracted a large crowd. I counted around 130 people lining the touchlines, for a game when I'd have expected barely a sixth of that.
It was a shame that such a large crowd witnessed a one-sided cup tie, but it was good to see such a turnout for a local game, and I'm sure that, like me, they were impressed by the quality of Wombwell's football and by Dearne's effort.