Paul Mayfield: ‘Rovers are the pride of South Yorkshire’

Federico Macheda
Federico Macheda

I loved the Facebook message I got on Sunday morning.

Both Blades and Owls in the bottom three, the Don Valley Stadium being knocked down, the only good thing going for Sheffield at the moment is the M18 to Doncaster.

You’ll see decent Championship football here, and we’ve got a running track.

Rovers were the only team in the area to win last weekend. Yes, it may not have been our most sparkling performance of the season, but by heck we dug deep.

Owls fans said on the radio afterwards that was the best they had played all season. Well God help them!

Paul Dickov got the formation wrong in the first half but he had the nous to change things at half time, and the introduction of James Coppinger turned the tied.

Ross Turnbull made a couple of good saves before Federico Macheda scored his third goal in two outings. He’s fast becoming a fans’ favourite.

Tuesday night saw high flyers Burnley come to Town. We were certainly not overawed in the first 25 minutes, although without creating many efforts on goal.

The Clarets started doing the simple things right and went ahead in first half stoppage time. It was harsh on the Rovers, but we don’t seem to be getting the decisions at the moment.

In the second half we just could not breakdown their backline, and when Macheda had a sight on goal he blasted over from close range before Rob Jones’ wicked deflection wrapped up the game up for the visitors. You could see why they were top of the league.

It was sad to see the Belles exit the women’s top flight on Sunday following defeat to Birmingham. It was an emotional finish, with the Blues forming a guard of honour for the Belles at the end of the game in front of 477 fans.

It’s such a shame that the Belles have parted company with long serving boss John Buckley.

He’s done a brilliant job on tight finances, he has been a credit to the club, and we all wish him the best of luck for the future, to John and the Belles.

Another departure from the Keepmoat on Saturday will be Maz Ahmed from the media team.

His enthusiasm for his job is amazing and he will be a big loss to Steve Uttley and the team.

With Leicester in town, let’s hope Richie Wellens puts on a show against his former club. They are bringing 3000 fans so it should be a good atmosphere.