Hallam fightback

Hallam may just have pulled off a result that could well turn around their season and help them pull clear of the drop zone.

Kenny Geelan's side found themselves 4-0 down at in-form Scarborough Athletic early in the second half. But in one of the comebacks of the season the Blues scored four times in the last 20 minutes including a stoppage time equaliser to earn a 4-4 draw.

Hallam trailed a Richard Metcalf first half hat-trick and when Gary Hepples extended the lead two minutes after the interval after appearing to kick the ball out of Martin Taylor's hands, the Blues looked to be heading for a hiding.

Phil Reynolds reduced the arrears with a speculative long range effort which seemed no more than a consolation effort.

But Geelan's men had other ideas and five minutes later recent signing Jordan Turner pulled another one back with a fine finish inside the box.

A minute later central defender Lee Cooksey tapped home from close range to make it 4-3 after the Scarborough keeper had missed a cross into the box.

The home side were visibly rattled as Hallam equalised with almost the last kick of the game when Jordan got in beyond the defence to steer a shot wide of the keeper. While it wasn't enough to lift the Sandygate Road club out of the bottom two, it did put them to within three points of safety with two games in hand and will no doubt put them in good heart ahead of tomorrow's derby at Armthorpe Welfare.

Dinnington Town slipped closer to the trap door after a 4-1 home defeat against leaders Farsley AFC, who recorded only their second win in six games.

A Simeon Bambrook brace and a Mark Bett strike gave the visitors a commanding 3-0 lead at the break. Michael Blythen gave Town hope when reducing the deficit 10 minutes after the interval but Ben Jones struck on 68 minutes to seal the points to leave Steve Toyne's men without a league win in six.

At the other end of the table, Parkgate maintained their title challenge with a 3-1 win over Lincoln Moorlands Railway to extend their undefeated home record to 10 games to keep them hot on the heels of Farsley.

The Steelmen went in front after minutes as Matt Griffin headed in from a Daniel Carden before the lead was doubled on 25 minutes. Nathan Swindell's fine run was ended when he was brought down inside the box with the striking picking himself up to put away the resultant penalty.

Griffin grabbed his second just past the hour to put the game beyond the visitors after Will Senior had headed on a long throw. Lincoln pulled one back through Ben Good on 76 minutes but it was no more than a consolation effort as Parkgate stay two points behind the leaders but significantly with three games in hand.

Maltby Main continued their run of excellent form and made it seven wins from seven beating Thackley 3-1 at Muglet Lane to climb to fourth in the table.

New signing Adam Geliff gave Maltby as 28th minute lead with a strike into the top corner before the midfielder added a second direct from a free-kick four minutes after the interval.

Oliver Warren sealed the points with the third on 87 minutes making the most of a poor clearance from the keeper before Thackley grabbed a last minute consolation effort through Harry Thompson.

Staveley MWmoved to the top of Division One after a 6-1 home win over bottom of the table Brodsworth Welfare. The home side got off to the perfect start when Ryan Damms fired them ahead after just two minutes But Tom Hyde jinked his way past the Staveley defence to restore parity two minutes later. The home side regained the lead on 21 minutes, Chris Coy back heeling the ball for Joseph Thornton to score with an easy tap in before Andrew Fox extended the lead just past the half hour mark with a neat chip over the keeper.

The Miners put the game out of battling Brodsworth reach with the fourth on 77 minutes Coy tapping in the rebound after substitute Adam Houghton's effort had come back off the bar. Houghton though was not to be denied as the youngster grabbed a brace inside the last five minutes.

Worsbrough Bridge Athletic came away from promotion hopefuls Barton Town Old Boys with a well earned 2-2 draw. The home side started the day top of the table but were behind to Martin Scully's excellent 25-yard strike.

The home side responded with a Matt McKay equaliser four minutes before the break against the run of play. Carl Derbyshire's close range effort had the home side 2-1 on 56 minutes but Dean Shirt prodded home a loose ball 11 minute s later to give Worsbrough a richly deserved share of the spoils.

Rossington Main's winless home streak continued with a 1-0 defeat against Glasshoughton Welfare condemning Main to a 11th consecutive reversal at Oxford Street where Damien Liddle's 15th strike proved decisive. AFC Emley saw their three match winning run brought to a halt with a 2-1 defeat at Shirebrook Town despite Teo Ringrose giving the visitors a fourth minute lead.

Tuesday - Premier Division: Armthorpe v Hallam, Dinnington Town v Winterton, Tadcaster Albion v Parkgate. Division One: Grimsby Borough v Brodsworth Welfare.

Wednesday - League Cup Second Round: Handsworth v Yorkshire Amateur. Division One: AFC Emley v Worsbrough Bridge Athletic, Appleby Frodingham v Rossington Main, Shirebrook Town v Staveley MW.

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