Hallam seek escape from relegation

Hallam entertain Parkgate in a game that has bragging rights as well as-points at stake.

Hallam are battling to avoid the drop but know that victory would take them out of the bottom two if Dinnington Town lose in their relegation encounter at Arnold Town. Kenny Geelan's side have shown in their last couple of outings that they have what it takes to climb away from trouble after coming from 4-0 down at Scarborough last weekend to draw 4-4. Then on Tuesday the Blues might well have come away with a point at Armthorpe Welfare had it not been for some excellent saves from the keeper Jamie Green before Welfare wrapped up a 3-1 win with a goal minutes from time.

With the next six league games all at Sandygate, Geelan knows it's an opportunity for his side to start to climb out of the mire particularly with bottom of the table Liversedge and another of the strugglers Hall Road Rangers to follow in the fixture list.

Anything the Blues can get from the visit of second-placed Parkgate will be a bonus as the visitors look to bounce from a 2-1 reversal at Tadcaster Albion. Parkgate came out 4-1 winners in the reverse fixture earlier in the season and have won two and lost one of their three visits to Sandygate since being promoted. Dinnington face a vital game at Arnold Town. Steve Toyne's men go into the game third from bottom one place and three points behind their hosts but having played three more.

Dinnington were beaten 3-0 at home by Winterton Rangers on Tuesday, stretching their winless streak to seven games. Arnold are perhaps one of the surprise names to be down amongst the strugglers but they have lost just once in the last six at home and would certainly be higher up the table had they not drawn the other five.

Maltby Main will hope to make it eight wins on the trot against Long Eaton United at Muglet Lane and in the process climb to third in the table. Steve Adams side are the Premier Divisions current form team and have not looked back since beating Hallam 2-0 in October.

Armthorpe Welfare face a big ask to make it four straight wins. Des Bennett's men travel to face an in-form Nostell Miners Welfare side that has lost just once in 10 league outings, while Armthorpe have managed just one win in seven on the road.

In Division One, Worsbrough Bridge Athletic aim to extend their undefeated league run to six games with a win over Louth Town that would see Bridge climb above their seventh-placed visitors. Brodsworth Welfare face Bottesford Town at the Woodlands.

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