Blues ease past lowly Appleby

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HALLAM finally got their home league campaign underway almost two months into the new season with a hard earned 3-0 victory over the First Division’s bottom club Appleby Frodingham.

Craig Getliff volleyed in from a Ben Kistell corner to give the Blues a 15th minute lead. Hallam wrapped up the points inside the last couple of minutes. Kyle Jones broke clear of the defence to fire home the second on 89 minutes and a minute later fellow substitute Liam Morris marked his debut with a fine 30-yard lob.

Dinnington Town came from two goals down to score twice inside the last 10 minutes to earn a 2-2 draw against Hemsworth at Phoenix Park.

The visitors took a seventh minute lead, Ryan Pleasants heading past Town keeper Luke Hands from a deep cross into the box. Hemsworth increased their lead eight minutes before the break when Andrew Hayward ran clear of the defence to steer a shot wide of Hands.

Dinnington pulled one back on 80 minutes, Dachi Khutsishvili sending substitute Antonio Fernandes clear to score with a confident finish. With three minutes left on the clock Town restored parity when defender Andy Taylor converted after Danny Reet had headed on.

A 2-1 victory at Bottesford Town brought Worsbrough Bridge Athletic a second away win in five days, lifting the Briggers to 10th in the table. Tom Copping gave the visitors a 38th minute lead an although the home side hit back to level through Carl La Rocca four minutes into the second half, the winner came when Worsbrough were awarded a penalty on 65 minutes which Peter Hirst converted.

Handsworth remain second despite a 2-1 loss at Shirebrook Town.

In the Premier Division, Parkgate continued their climb up the table with a 3-1 home win over Long Eaton United.

Ashley Worsfold gave the home side a 24th minute lead for his 10th goal of the season. Chris Wood doubled the advantage just past the hour with Kier Hannity wrapping up the points with the third seven minutes from time. Michael Armitage grabbed a consolation effort for the visitors as Parkgate climbed to fourth.

Retford United missed out on a chance to go top after a 2-1 home defeat against Brighouse Town, which also ended the Badgers unbeaten league record.

Retford United missed out on a chance to go top after a 2-1 home defeat against Brighouse Town, which also ended the Badgers unbeaten league record. Danny Hull and Shane Hamilton put the visitors 2-0 up before Adam Scott pulled one back from the penalty spot on 64 minutes.