Sunday League: Title hopefuls poised for a summit meeting
DIVISION One's first crunch match of the season takes place this weekend when DMS take on Humberston in the Grimsby, Cleethorpes & District Sunday Football League.
Immingham-based DMS hit seven goals without reply against Tower Bucharest to move into the quarter-finals of the Senior Challenge Cup last week.
They have also been going well in the league and sit unbeaten at the top of the table after five games.
But secretary Paul Knox is well aware that second-placed Humberston will take some beating.
He said: "Humberston, like us, go into this game on the back of a good cup win.
"They are a good footballing side and we'll have to be at our best to get a result.
"They deserve to be where they are and if we want to stay top, we have to beat them."
Both sides have proven quality and were near the top last season.
Knox added: "Liam Davis and Louis Grant are well capable of dominating any game and we must do our best to keep them in check.
"We've recruited new backroom staff in the shape of Steve Hunter and Andy Fox, who enjoyed several years of success with Seven Seas.
"They are both well-respected in the game and we hope they will be able to show us how to win things.
"Their previous club had some good history – and we want some like theirs.
"It's a long time since an Immingham side won the title and we are out to break the hoodoo."
DMS won 7-0 against Tower Bucharest in the Senior Challenge Cup last week.
They took an early lead when Renzie Lobendhan's pass found Stefan Melin, who beat a defender and coolly finished at the near post.
It was soon 2-0 when Lobendhan found Melin again and he clinically finished past the oncoming keeper.
DMS extended their lead when Callum Day's cross was met by Lewis Wilson, who finished well.
The Immingham side made it four when Wilson was brought down in the box and Melin converted the spot-kick to complete his hat-trick.
It was one-way traffic and DMS added to their lead in the second half when Gary Kilday's good run found substitute Scott Smith, who poked home from close range.
Tower's Jamie Witts was unlucky when his shot was well-saved by Jamie Glover, but DMS scored again when Johnathan Oglesby smashed the ball into the top corner.
Oglesby got his second and DMS' seventh when his fantastic strike from 30 yards gave the keeper no chance.
Manager Phil Graham played in goal for his Birds Eye Pelham side – and watched his cup holders beat Empire United 4-1.
The goals came from Liam Robinson, Richard Fleming (pen), Lee Romaniw and Simon Ballard. Lee Croft replied for Empire.
Graham said: "I was well-protected by the back four and did not have a lot to do.
"New defender John Theobald from the Scunthorpe Sunday League played well and looks like a promising acquisition."
This weekend Birds Eye take on Empire again – this time in Division One.
Graham added: "We are expecting a different game. Paul Ashton and Lee Croft are always a danger and we know Dale Mason and Shane Garvie can play.
"Hopefully we'll have something like a full-strength side available. We must get our league season going – starting against Empire United."
Joint manager Steve West was pleased with his SW Steelers side's 7-2 win against Grimsby Warriors in Division One.
Steelers pulled away in the second half after the scores were level at 2-2 at the break. Kyle Bensley (2), Luke Borrill, Josh Braid, Nick Rook, John Waugh and James McGregor scored for Steelers, while Sam Thorp and Mike Smith replied for Warriors.
West said: "As expected, Warriors battled for the first hour, but we matched them and took over when they tired."
This weekend, Steelers take on Pattesons in the Memorial Cup.
West added: We could do with a good cup run and now we've got the momentum going, we hope to be able to do this.
"We'll get a good side out, but working on a Sunday impacts on us and we cannot seem to field the same eleven week in, week out. But we can juggle about to get it right. We know Pattesons from our encounters in the past, but again they have similar problems to ours, and therefore we do not read too much into what's happened previously."