FOUR local derbies will add a touch of spice to this weekend’s fixtures.
Parkgate entertain Staveley Miners Welfare where there is far more than the bragging rights at stake with both teams in the thick of the title race. The Steelmen beat Lincoln Moorlands Railway 4-3 on Wednesday to go fifth in the Premier Division and a point behind their third-placed visitors.
Staveley are the only team in the league still undefeated and know a win could see them go top if other results go their way.
Retford should pick up all-three points at home against an Arnold Town side fourth from bottom. The Badgers have been beaten just once in eight league outings at home. However, the Notts side earned a 3-3 draw at Cannon Park in the FA Vase last month before winning the replay 3-1 at Eagle Valley.
Armthorpe Welfare will look to pile agony on struggling Maltby Main at Church Street. Des Bennett’s side are in good form with their only defeat in the last eight coming in a 3-1 reversal in a FA Cup replay at Stocksbridge, while Maltby have lost the last six.
Handsworth host in-form Rossington Main where they will look to hang on to their slender one point lead at the top of Division One and bounce back from a 2-0 home defeat against Teversal in midweek. Rossington though should provide Russ Eagle’s men with a stern test. The Doncaster side boast a 100% away league record and go into the game unbeaten in the last five outings in which they have hit 19 goals.
Dinnington Town will hope a home derby against Hallam can inspire them to a first league win of the season. Steve Toyne’s men, third from bottom, have drawn three and lost four at home but have had success on home turf in the cups, one of which came against Hallam 2-0 in the Senior Cup this month. Just one point separates Town from the Blues in 15th who are without leading scorer Craig Getliff through suspension.
Worsbrough Bridge Athletic will be hoping they can complete a quick fire league double over Hemsworth when they two meet at Park Road. The Briggers won 4-3 at the Fitzwilliam Stadium on Tuesday lifting them to 10th.
Second-placed Worksop Parramore return to action from a fortnight with a trip to third-placed Albion Sports.
Next to bottom Askern Villa entertain third-placed Glasshoughton Welfare who have lost only one of 13 league outings. The league table suggests it will be an away victory but Villa are undefeated in five at home and could surprise their visitors.