Derby duel for Sheffield clubs

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IT’S derby day at Sandygate and Phoenix Park where Hallam and Dinnington Town host Worsbrough Bridge Athletic and Handsworth respectively.

The Blues were beaten 2-0 by Handsworth in the last home outing so will want to enjoy the bragging rights themselves this time around. Julian Watts’ men are enjoying a good spell of form. The Handsworth defeat was their only reversal in the last five whilst they completed a first league double of the season with the 4-1 victory at Appleby Frodingham recently.

However, Worsbrough, who beat Hallam 1-0 at Park Road earlier this season, go into the game in good shape. The Briggers beat Glasshoughton 2-1 in their last match to make it just one defeat in the last 10 league games.

Dinnington’s 2-0 victory at Division One leaders Pontefract Collieries a week ago will not have gone unnoticed. Steve Toyne’s men have taken 10 points from the last 12 available and could throw a spanner in the works of Handsworth’s promotion push.

Handworth though will be looking for a third straight win that would see them go top if leaders Pontefract Collieries lose at Askern Villa.

Pontefract’s title challenge has hit the buffers over the past week following defeats against Dinnington and Teversal while Villa are without a win in the last nine in all competitions. It needed a penalty four minutes from time to earn Pontefract the spoils when the teams met earlier in the campaign.

Rossington Main go to Glasshoughton looking for the win that could see them gatecrash the top six. It will be the third meeting between the two teams this season with Rossington holding the upperhand.

The reverse fixture ended in a 1-1 stalemate in early August, but just four days later Main romped to a 7-4 league cup victory over the West Yorkshire outfit.

Parkgate make the short trip to Armthorpe Welfare where Doug Shelley’s side will be looking to bounce back after suffering a first league defeat in nine with a 4-3 reversal at Arnold Town earlier this week.

Armthorpe have suffered defeats at Maltby Main and Bottesford but have a good track record at Church Street where they have won eight of the last nine games.

It’s difficult not to see the Premier Division leaders Retford United beating Long Eaton United. The Badgers have taken 19-points from the last 21 which sees them five points clear at the top.

Maltby Main take their relegation battle to Arnold Town where the Miners will be seeking a second win in three games against an improving Arnold side.