Sheffield & Hallam County Football League
Penistone Church 0Shaw Lane Aqua Force Barnsley 2
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Penistone Church Football Club was formed in 1906 when Penistone Choirboys and Penistone Juniors amalgamated to form Penistone Church FC.
In 1909 they became the first winners of the Sheffield Junior Cup. They had to use public transport to get home from the game and they arrived back in Penistone at 8-55pm to be met by a crowd of over two thousand people. Having started life in the Sheffield Amateur League, which they also won, they then played in the Penistone League and, again, won the league. They went on to play in, and win, the Sheffield Hatchard League.
Years later when the Hatchard League and County Senior League joined to form the Sheffield County Senior League, Penistone was one of the founder members, with two teams playing in the League and this is where they play to this day. They have won the Division One title twice and been runners-up in the Premier Division and the League Cup.
Just 7 miles west of Barnsley , in the foothills of the Pennines. Penistone town centre stands at an elevation of 750 feet above sea level. Rising steeply to the highest point in the surrounding area at Hartcliffe Tower at 1,194 ft above sea level, with stunning views over the Woodhead bypass and the Dark Peak. The surrounding immediate countryside is predominantly rural and lends itself to farming on rich well watered soil on mainly gentle slopes rising to the rugged/bleak moorland, otherwise known as the dark peak, just to the west of Penistone town centre. Dry stone walls, small hamlets and farms surrounded by fields and livestock are synonymous with the area. Famous for its rugged breed of sheep, the Whitefaced Woodland, Penistone continues to thrive as an independent upland market town. I would imagine in the depths of the winter its a 'little nippy' up there because it was absolutely freezing and it was the first of May !
Church have made some great strides both on and off the field and the dedication a move into the NCEL would be a great tonic for this ambitious club. We will pray for the Church and they will only achieve this if they are all singing of the same hymn sheet.
It was a busy ground last night with near neighbours and big spending league leaders Shaw Lane Aqua Barnsley, who had a fair few followers.
Shaw Lane won with two excellent taken goals, a curling free kick in top corner and a thunderbolt rebounding of the stantion.
As the sun started to set and the chill in the air increase both teams battled on bravely and at the final whistle despite the geographical rivalry it was smiles and handshakes all round.