Eagle aims for seven and top

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HANDSWORTH will be aiming for a seventh straight league win at the expense of visitors Shirebrook Town at Olivers Mount knowing that three points will send them top of Division One.

Manager Russ Eagle has his side three points behind leaders Pontefract Collieries with three games in hand so Handsworth have the opportunity to put themselves in pole position for the title. What’s more it would nicely set-up next week’s clash between the pair in West Yorkshire.

The form of striker Sam Smith, who has hit 10 goals during Handsworth’s winning run, included two in the last two minutes to overturn a 1-0 deficit and beat Bottesford Town in the last outing and take his tally to 24 for the season.

Shirebrook will be no pushovers, having lost just one of the last 10 games and thumping Yorkshire Amateur 8-1 last week. They Handsworth 2-1 in the reverse fixture in October.

Worsbrough Bridge Athletic take on Bottesford Town at Park Road bouyed by ending promotion-chasing Albion Sports unbeaten home record with a 3-2 victory at the Horsfall Stadium.

Dinnington Town, still seeking financial assistance, aim to make it seven league wins in a row at Hemsworth MW who have lost the last two at home.

Town knocked Hemsworth out of the Wilkinson Sword Trophy 2-1 and scored twice in the last 10 minutes in the reverse league fixture to force a 2-2 draw.

If Rossington Main take maximum points from the visit of Albion Sports to Oxford Street it will see the Doncaster side set a club record.

They have 47 points from 27 games and another three will see them reach the 50 point mark for the first time since joining the NCEL 20-years ago.

Struggling Askern Villa will go in search of a first win in almost four months at home to Yorkshire Amateur. The Manor Way outfit haven’t won in the league since early November but the Ammers have managed just one win in 16 on the road.

Parkgate face a big test at Premier Division leaders Bridlington Town who have won the last five on the bounce. The Steelmen, though, are enjoying a good run with just one defeat in the last 10 outings.

Awaiting any Bridlington slip are Retford United - second on goal difference only- and they go to relegation-threatened Maltby Main.

Armthorpe Welfare look to bounce back from their first defeat in five (a 1-0 home loss by Retford) as they travel to in-form Brighouse Town who will be hoping to make it four wins on the trot.

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