NCEL Division One – 8th December
The Fairfax Plant Hire Stadium plays host on Saturday afternoon, as The Robins welcome Harworth Colliery FC in a league fixture. League test eighteen of thirty eight.
This season Harworth Colliery have returned to the Northern Counties East League after many seasons away. In the past their path has crossed with Selby Town, but it was a long time ago, and there will be few Robin’s fans who will remember a game between the two sides.
The club were formed in 1931 as Harworth Colliery Institute, a name that they retained until 2013. Records of their early years are patchy but Wikipedia has them playing in The Doncaster Senior League from 1938 until 1942, and, indeed has them winning that league in 1938/39, 1939/1940. 1940/41.
After the war the club joined the Yorkshire League remaining until the end of the 1949 season. Selby were, of course, fellow members of The Yorkshire League. In that latter season Harworth defeated Selby Town 5-2 at their home ground.
For 1949/50 Harworth re- joined The Doncaster Senior League, winning Division two in their first season. They then joined The Sheffield Association League for season 1952/53. They won Division 1 in 1964/65, and again in 1975/76. After finishing second the next season they re-joined The Yorkshire League in Division Three, which was the same League as Selby Town, and probably the last time the two sides met. 1977/78, and 1978/79 saw Harworth score four past The Robins.
The Colliery were promoted to Division 2 in season 1979/80 and remained there until they became founder members of The Northern Counties East League with Selby Town. However they were never in the same division, and so did not play Town in this period.
In 1986/87 they became founder members of the Central Midlands League Supreme Division finishing runners up in the inaugural season, then winning the league the next. They were relegated to the Premier Division in season 2000/01, but were back in The Supreme Division for 2008/09.
After being Champions of The Central Midlands League North last season they have been promoted into our league.
Harworth Colliery have found the going tough, so far. They find themselves in nineteenth position with twelve points from their nineteen games. To be fair they have played some of the top teams twice already, and indeed the return fixture with Selby is the last game of 2018 for both clubs.
Harworth will have been very disappointed to concede two goals, and so a double to Skegness Town at home last Saturday. By all accounts they largely dominated the game, but without taking the chances they created. They clearly do not score many goals, having only scored twenty two goals in their nineteen league matches. They have only scored seven in their ten away games so far.
Not surprisingly the statistics show that their attack is the eighteenth worst in the league, which is coupled with a similar position for the defence, which has conceded forty nine goals so far.
Despite this, there is evidence that the team is beginning to find its feet in this league. Selby certainly will not find them an easy proposition come Saturday, and they will need to be back to their best after a below par performance last time out.
As ever the team need your support to thrive. This is the first of three home games before Christmas, so forget all the distractions and get yourself down to The Fairfax to support the team.
As ever see you there.