Blues out to ruin Bland return

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HALLAM will be hoping to make it an unhappy return to Sandygate Road for former boss Darren Bland when the Blues take on promotion hopefuls Worksop Parramore.

Bland left Hallam in October 2008 after 18 months in charge to take over at Staveley Miners Welfare, which was followed by a stint at AFC Emley before being appointed manager at Parramore last summer.

He has guided his new charges to fourth place in Division One and to within a point of the second promotion slot in their first season in the league.

However, Hallam will be not only looking to throw a spanner in the works, but also avenge a 7-1 defeat in the reverse fixture at Sandy Lane back in September when the Blues had two players sent-off and which manager Julian Watts described as ‘the lowest point of the season’.

Just across Town at Olivers Mount, Handsworth face a showdown against promotion rivals Albion Sports. Four wins on the bounce has seen Russ Eagles side climb to second in the table but Albion are only four points behind in fifth with four games in hand and are undefeated in the last 10 league games.

Dinnington Town are at AFC Emley where Steve Toyne’s men will aim to stretch their unbeaten run to seven games after taking 16 points from the last 18 available.

Eighth-placed Rossington Main should pick up all three points at Oxford Street where they take on strugglers Grimsby Borough. The visitors are third from bottom which perhaps comes as no surprise considering their poor away record of nine defeats from 10 league games.

Defeat for Grimsby would see Askern Villa climb out of the bottom two providing they come away with a win at Louth Town.

Staveley Miners Welfare will aim to keep the pressure on the Premier Division’s top two by beating mid-table Nostell Miners Welfare at Inkersall Road while Parkgate know they must win at lowly Long Eaton United to keep their outside promotion hopes alive. The Steelmen are in seventh spot, nine points behind leaders Retford United with two games in hand.