DINNINGTON Town’s revival is gaining momentum after two first half goals saw Steve Toyne’s men beat Division One leaders Pontefract Collieries 2-0 to make it 10 points from the last 12.
Town went ahead after just three minutes when Liam Cartledge headed in from a Jon Roper cross.
Dinnington made it two on 23 minutes, Cartledge turning provider to set up Matt Smith.
Pontefract’s defeat allowed Handsworth to narrow the gap to just three points and with a game in hand after Russ Eagles side beat Yorkshire Amateur 4-0 at Olivers Mount.
Dave Cockerill gave Handworth a 10th minute lead from the penalty spot with Sam Smith doubling the advantage 11 minutes later. Smith grabbed the third just past the hour mark with Chasinga Nshindano rounding off the win eight minutes from time.
Hallam cruised to a 4-1 win at bottom of the table Appleby Frodinghsm to complete a first league double of the campaign. With their first strike on goal, Paul Tait gave Appleby the lead on 20 minutes. Five minutes later, Hallam were back on level terms, Liam Morris threading the perfect pass through for Aaron Moxam to convert. Morris then created the second on 31 minutes picking out the run of Craig Getliff for the midfielder to place a shot wide of the keeper.
Morris was at the heart of all the Blues attacks and the striker headed the third himself on 63 minutes from a Ben Kistell cross. Four minutes later Morris capitalised on a defensive mix-up too roll the ball into an empty net to seal the points.
Both teams had to play out the final 10 minutes with 10-men with Hallam goalkeeper Lewis Naylor sent-off for handling outside the area, while an Appleby player too saw red following a minor skirmish.
Playing their first game in three weeks, Worsbrough Bridge Athletic showed no signs of rustiness after coming from behind to beat promotion chasing Glasshoughton Welfare 2-1 at Park Road to make it just one defeat in the last 10 outings.
Lee Bennett followed up a Carl Fothergill shot to give Glasshoughton a sixth minute lead. Worsbrough levelled on 54 minutes when Adam Podmore turned in a Todd Jordan free-kick. Seven minutes later the Briggers grabbed what proved to be the winner when Scott Turner headed in after Dan Handysides long throw had only been half cleared.
Tom Nolan scored twice, one from the penalty spot as Worksop Parramore bounced back to winning ways after three successive defeats with a 2-0 victory at AFC Emley.
Askern Villa twice came from behind to end a run of seventh successive defeats in all competitions with a 2-2 draw at Shirebrook Town.