Brodsworth Welfare are intent on making a swift return to the Northern Counties East League.
That’s the plan, according to chairman Barrie Abbott - but a bit of patience may be required.
Simon Hogg’s side are struggling for form in this season’s Central Midlands League. Hovering in mid-table, Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Kinsley Boys was only Brodsworth’s second point from their last five league games.
But the Woodlands outfit have turned a huge corner since resigning from the NCEL in 2011 when the club almost went to the wall.
After a season of stabilisation in the Doncaster Senior League, Broddy are kicking on again.
Their junior section is thriving and the club recently landed a £42,500 grant from Sport England to spruce up their Welfare Ground dressing rooms. Abbott says Welfare are on an upward curve.
“We’d like to get back into the Northern Counties East League within the next few years, hopefully with a stronger club,” he said.
“But we’ve got to win the league first. We’ve got to do it on the field.
“There’s bigger clubs than us in this league.
“AFC Mansfield have a massive budget but they were pipped to the title by Dronfield Town last season so they’re still in it.
“We did well last season in out first season in the Central Midlands League. On paper we’ve got a stronger team this season but we haven’t quite gelled yet.
“Hopefully we can keep on improving.
“There are a lot of people working hard behind the scenes here, raising a lot of money and raising the profile of the club,” he added.
“We’ve got some good sponsors and the Welfare have been really supportive. This club was in dire straits a couple of years ago but we’ve turned it round.”
Welfare, who recently tasted a 5-4 defeat away to Handsworth in the Sheffield & Hallamshire Senior Cup, checked their slide down the table against Kinsley.
Leading scorer Gary Mundy, who now has six to his credit, and James Hendry bagged Welfare’s goals, but a Josh Spence brace ensured the spoils were shared.
Brodsworth’s new-look side gave a glimpse of their potential earlier in the season during a run of three successive wins, culminating in an 8-0 rout of bottom club Welbeck.
They will hope to recapture that form at Sherwood Colliery on Saturday.
Bentley Colliery slumped to a seventh defeat, going down 1-0 at home to in-form Phoenix.
Thorne dropped to sixth after their home game against Glapwell was abandoned due to a serious injury.
The Doncaster side were leading 2-0 at the time, courtesy of a Scott Rhodes strike and an own goal, and are hoping that the result will stand.
Askern lost interest in the West Riding Challenge Cup following their 3-2 first round defeat away to Robin Hood Athletic. Alex Rennie and Leon Cusworth shared Askern’s consolation goals.