IN A weather affected weekend, with many games postponed due to frozen pitches, Staveley made the most of their game going ahead at bottom of the table Selby Town by securing a comfortable 2-0 win to move up to second in the Premier Division table.
Ryan Damms nudged the Miners in front five minutes before the break from the penalty spot for his 19th goal of the campaign. Simon Barraclough extended the lead 10 minutes into the second half as Staveley wrapped up a fourth league win on the spin.
Retford United extended their lead at the top to six points after coming from a goal down to grab a late winner in a 2-1 home victory over Long Eaton United.
The visitors had already squandered a seventh minute penalty when they went ahead on the stroke of half-time through Matt Weighton. The Badgers pressed forward with more purpose after the break finally equalising when Warren Hatfield volleyed in from 12 yards with 20 minutes remaining. In the third minute of stoppage time, full back Chris Baugh’s brave header saw Retford grab all three-points
Maltby Main remain in the relegation zone and three-points from safety following a narrow 1-0 defeat at Arnold Town. Willis Francis struck the only goal.
Askern Villa went down 5-1 at home against Division One leaders Pontefract Collieries.
Sheffield FC’s Division One promotion clash against Loughborough Dynamo and Stocksbridge Park Steels trip to Ashton United in the Premier Division were amongst the games postponed in the Evo-Stik League.
However, one game that beat the cold snap saw troubled Frickley Athletic come from a goal a down to beat high-riding Chorley 2-1 at Westfield Lane to end a run of six league defeats on the spin.
Ben Turner had given the visitors a 41st minute lead with an own-goal when he sliced a miss hit shot that was going wide into his own net.
It was a lead that Chorley hung on to until the 75th minute, Stuart Ludlam powering home a header from a left wing corner to restore parity.
Five minutes later Frickley grabbed the winner after the visitors conceded a penalty after Ollie Ryan was fouled in the box. James Ashmore converted the resultant spot-kick to earn the Blues three crucial points in their fight against relegation.
n TUESDAY - FA Trophy Second Round: Worksop Town v Newport County. Evo-Stik League Division One South: Sheffield FC v Stamford.Baris NCE League Cup Third Round: AFC Emley v Brighouse Town, Parkgate v Hall Road Rangers.
n WEDNESDAY - Baris NCE Presidents Cup Semi-Final: Handsworth v Winterton Rangers. Division One: Albion Sports v Dinnington Town.