Doncaster Alliance League round-up: Rakkam to face Balby Bridge in KO Cup final
This season's Doncaster Sunday Alliance League's Ernie Prince Memorial KO Cup final will be contested by Premier Division top-four rivals Balby Bridge and Rakkam.
Third-placed Rakkam booked their place in the final a week after second-placed Bridge did so when beating Scawthorpe Athletic 3-2 at the weekend thanks to goals by Brett Lucas (2) and James Bytheway.
With Bridge’s home game against Atletico Rec being called off, defending Premier Division champions Canal Tavern, who have a game in hand, opened up a four-point lead at the top.
They beat lowly Tut ‘n’ Shive, for whom Christopher Colley netted, 5-1.
With second-placed Team 23 not having a game Balby Athletic opened up a three-point lead at the top after routing bottom club Finningley Athletic.
Kieran Ferguson and Mateusz Pawlowki both scored four with Kyle Burton weighing in with a hat-trick. Tim Miles completed the scoring.
Rosehill Press (James Woodward, Karl Rollinson) and Armthorpe Village battled out a 2-2 draw.
The Division One championship remains a two-horse race.
Unbeaten leaders Durban Rhinos picked up their 18th win in 19 starts when beating mid-table Dunscroft Social by the odd goal in three with second-placed FC Cumberland underlining the fact that they are still in the frame when thumping second-bottom AFC Balby 8-1.
Josh Reynolds hit a double for the winners with Ash Davis, John Glynn, Scott Hall, Lee Garfoot, Lee Pearson and Karl Blanshard sharing out the other six goals.
Third-placed The Beverley Inn had to settle for a share of the spoils from a 3-3 draw with fifth-placed The Salutation for whom Andy McMahon (2) and Tom Connor netted.
Fourth-placed Bentley West End S&S also dropped points when being held to a 1-1 draw by lowly Windmill.
White Hart (Askern) boosted their hopes of avoiding the wooden spoon when beating fourth-bottom Woodfield 5-0 on the road.
Real Bridge A also recorded an away win (2-1) at Auckley.
Any one of four teams can still lift the Division Two title including fourth-placed Upton Wrangbrook, whose home game against Balby Rovers fell victim to a waterlogged pitch.
Leaders Romarnsley picked up a 5-0 win at fifth-placed All Saints with second-placed Common Road claiming a 3-1 victory at bottom-of-the-table Carcroft Village Social Club (Ethan Gorrill).
Former leaders FC Ivanhoe, who have at least one game in hand over the top-two, won 6-1 at Windmill Wanderers. Craig Dallas led the way with a hat-trick with Paul Bradley (2) and Jamie Hunter also chipping in.
Eden Arms, for whom Ash Barton 2, Paul Niles and Callum Reid netted, scored four without reply at FC Wheatley Hills.