Five of the best for Social Eyes

Thrills and spills at Doncaster Goals

It was another fantastic afternoon of Disability football as Doncaster Goals hosted Matchday Three of the South Yorkshire Ability Counts League – and for Rawmarsh St. Joseph’s Social Eyes it was the perfect afternoon as five hard fought wins confirmed their position at the top of Division One, write Margaret Gregory and Colin Muncie for the Social Eyes Website.

It was sunny but cold as Manager Melissa sent her players out to tackle the plucky Derek Dooley Academy (Blue), and Kenny, Tom and Luke were amongst the goals as the green and white wizards got the afternoon off to a perfect start.

With five games tabled for the afternoon, Melissa and coach Jack cleverly rotated their squad for the second fixture against Bradford City Emeralds. Luke got in on the scoring act again, and Melissa sent on Trudie to see out a fine win. In response to a series of media enquiries, the club is now looking to market Trudie’s trademark knitted pink hat as part of a global merchandising operation.

Next up, a clash with Doncaster Titans yellow, with Claire back in defence and Connor starting up front. Kenny was everywhere in his attacking role, prompting Referee Mike Stylianou to ask whether all the Social Eyes players shared the same name. Adie enjoyed an excellent cameo role as the clock ran down to confirm the win.

The travelling Social Eyes support was a little apprehensive about the fourth game of the afternoon, a clash with the dangerous City Knights Whites, which kicked off with darkness closing in and the temperature dropping still further. The Rawmarsh faithful were even more apprehensive when the City Knights took an early lead, and for a while it looked as though the brilliant White’s goalkeeper would deny Social Eyes an equaliser, but after Josh had hit the bar, Social Eyes struck five times without reply. Josh completed a stunning hat trick, and the fifth goal was a wonderful team effort with every Social Eyes player involved in the move. Kenny the Cat in goal, Martin and both Toms were excellent.

It had been a wonderful game between two great teams.

With the floodlights now on, Social Eyes completed a fine day’s work with a victory in a quickfire rematch with Derek Dooley Blue, who battle d hard and scored three times themselves to push Social Eyes all the way.

Elsewhere in Division One, there were wins for City Knights White over Doncaster Titans Yellow, Bradford City Emeralds, and Derek Dooley Blue; wins for Doncaster Titans and Bradford City Emeralds over Derek Dooley Blue and a win for Derek Dooley Blue in the reverse against Bradford City Emeralds.

As the tired but delighted Social Eyes squad boarded their minibus and headed for home, they could reflect on the fact that after three Matchdays, the Division One table looks like this;
1 Rawmarsh St Joseph’s JFC Social Eyes 12 11 1 0 12 1 11 34
2 City Knights Whites 12 8 2 2 10 4 6 26
3 Derek Dooley Academy FC Blue 12 4 1 7 5 8 -3 13
4 Club Doncaster Titans Yellow 12 3 0 9 3 9 -6 9
5 Bradford City Emeralds 12 2 0 10 2 10 -8 6

In the Championship, Bradford City Diamond lead the way, with a six-point advantage over Derek Dooley Academy White. It’s a tight League, with the teams all covered by just nine points.
1 Bradford City Diamond 6 5 0 1 5 1 4 15
2 Derek Dooley Academy FC White 6 3 0 3 3 3 0 9
3 Doncaster Deaf Trust White 6 3 0 3 3 3 0 9
4 Club Doncaster Titans FC Black 6 2 0 4 2 4 -2 6
5 Spartans 6 2 0 4 2 4 -2 6

Finally, in the Premier League, Bradford City Claret lead the way, ten points ahead of Wisewood Black.

1 Bradford City Claret 6 6 0 0 6 0 6 18
2 Wisewood Black 6 3 1 2 4 3 1 10
3 City Knights Red 6 1 1 4 2 5 -3 4
4 Club Doncaster Titans Blue 6 1 0 5 1 5 -4 3

Matchday Four takes place at Goals Sheffield on 19th January.

It was the 75th birthday of  Dave Andrew. The usual Social Eyes birthday celebrations took place and the photo on the right is Dave with his two daughters, Trudie and Shirley.

Trudie is our notable forward who always sports her lucky pink hat.

Until then, a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from everyone at the South Yorkshire Ability Counts League!

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