Hallam overcame the dismissal of defender Jack Hall to record a fifth league win in the last six, a battling 2-0 victory at Hall Road Rangers.
Ryan Hindley’s men had the better of the first half without really creating any clear cut chances on a very difficult surface.
When Hall was shown a straight red three minutes before the interval, for violent conduct, the Countrymen looked up against it. But that turned out to be far from the case as Hallam produced a battling second half performance which saw them go ahead on the hour, when Danny Flynn tucked the ball away.
Flynn was the architect of the second when he crossed for substitute Mario Esposito to steer home his first goal for the club.
Maltby Main ended a run of four defeats on the trot when they came from behind to snatch a 2-1 victory at Staveley Miners Welfare.
The home side took a deserved 1-0 lead into the break through Kurtis Morley’s 16th minute strike. Maltby hit back to equalise on 80 minutes with a sweetly struck volley from substitute Neil Spruse.
Then in stoppage time veteran striker Brian Cusworth completed the turnaround by firing in the winner.
Worksop Town saw their title hopes dented following a goalless draw against Heanor Town at Sandy Lane.
Handsworth Parramore slipped to a first defeat in six, going down 4-2 at Pickering Town. Ryan Cooper took advantage of a defensive mix up to give the Pikes a 29th minute lead before Joe Danby doubled the advantage six minutes into the second half.
Handsworth staged a fightback with Bruno Holden scoring for the seventh consecutive game with a fine overhead kick, and Sam Smith’s 26th goal of the season restored parity five minutes later. But Pickering’s leading scorer Billy Logan put the home side back in front on 75 minutes before Logan grabbed his second four minutes later to seal the points.
Athersley Recreation were beaten 3-1 at home despite Josh Moore giving the hosts a 16th minute lead. Scott Phillips second half hat-trick condemned Rec to a third successive loss.
Penistone Church slipped to a first defeat in four as Division One title chasing AFC Emley left with the spoils in a 3-2 victory at Church View Road.
But Worsbrough Bridge Athletic completed a league double over Winterton Rangers, winning 2-1 away thanks to first half goals from Brad Kerr and Danny Cawley.
The win extends Bridge’s form to three without a loss.
Dronfield Town climbed out of the bottom two after Carlton Dickinson bundled home a last minutes equaliser in a 1-1 draw at Rossington Main.
The goal came after Lee Holmes’ far post volley had given the hosts a 76th minute lead.
Tomorrow’s fixtures, League Cup Fourth Round: Hallam v Garforth Town.
Premier Division: Armthorpe Welfare v Parkgate, Liversedge v Worksop Town.
Division One: Rossington Main v Selby Town.
Wednesday, Sheffield & Hallamshire Senior Cup Quarterfinal: Maltby Main v Athersley Recreation.
Premier Division: Staveley MW v Barton Town OB.
Division One: Dronfield Town v Worsbrough Bridge Athletic.