Dinnington down and Hallam gloom grows

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Dinnington Town’s relegation was confirmed with 3-1 home defeat against defending champions Bridlington Town.

Dinnington were behind after nine minutes to a Scott Phillips goal; Bridlington made it two when Lee Wright scored in the first minute of the second half with Tom Lee hitting the third on 78 minutes. Dinnington pulled one back two minutes from time when a clearance from the visitors’ keeper struck Matt Smith, rebounding back into the net. But Town find themselves back in Division One after three seasons in the top flight.

Hallam look favourites to fill the second relegation place after being beaten 2-1 at home by Tadcaster Albion, while relegation rivals Arnold Town picked up a 3-3 home draw against Maltby Main. Hallam are nine-points adrift of safety with six games to play.

Hallam as they took a ninth minute lead through Martin Brissett following a good run and finish. But they gifted the visitors the equaliser on 34 minutes when Jonathan Bownes headed a corner past his own keeper when trying to clear.

Tadcaster scored the winner on the hour through Carl Stewart. The Blues went Craig Getliff’s free-kick struck the bar as did Phil Reynolds follow-up. Hallam finished with nine-men as Reynolds was harshly sent-off on 76 minutes when deemed to be the last man after pulling back an opponent despite the offence occurring a long way from goal. Then with three minutes from time Bownes was also sent-off following a second yellow card.

Lee Whittington headed Maltby into a second minute lead at Arnold, who hit back to level through a Tony Law penalty. Mark Smith and Ritchie Holmes put Arnold 3-1 up but Maltby earned a point through a Lee Mellon penalty and an equaliser by Lee Whittington, who smashed home a cross from brother Scott 16 minutes from time.

Title hopefuls Parkgate romped to a 5-1 win at Pickering Town. But with leaders Farsley AFC beating Winterton Rangers 2-1 it leaves Doug Shelley’s side 12-points off top spot and looking almost certain to have to settle for runners-up spot at best.

The Steelmen scored through a Chris Wood double (1 pen), Nathan Swindells, Ashley Worsfold and Keir Hannity. Pickering’s consolation was a penalty for handball.

Armthorpe Welfare saw their hopes of a top eight finish vanish with a 2-1 defeat at Hall Road Rangers. Henry Sibenge curled in a fine effort to give then an eighth minute lead. Welfare’s Ben Muirhead skied a penalty before Mark Suddaby headed the equaliser and, four minutes into stoppage time, Martin Thacker hit the winner.

Division One champions Staveley Miners Welfare saw their hopes of setting a club record of 22 league games unbeaten dashed with a 2-0 defeat at Pontefract Collieries.

Worsbrough Bridge came from a goal down to comprehensive beat out-of-sort Askern Villa 4-1 at home where the visitors slumped to a seventh defeat in their last eight.

Jay Rollins gave Villa the lead but t Dean Shirt restored parity from close range andBridge forged in front with a Liam McFadyen penalty, a Adam Podmore shot before Martin Scully put the icing on the cake, running to powerfully head home a Chris Hilton cross.

Handsworth stretched their unbeaten run to eight games after coming from 2-0 down at Rossington Main to hit three goals in the last nine minutes to win 3-2. Lee Holmes knocked in a rebound to give the home sides a 25th minute lead. Liam Charlton extend the lead on the stroke of half time with a close range volley. James Mitchum headed in from an 81st minute corner to give Handsworth a lifeline, which they grabbed with both hands. Five minute later Scott Bates smashed home the equaliser after a poor clearance with Dave Cockerill blasting home the winner from the penalty spot following hand ball three minutes into stoppage time.

AFC Emley won 2-0 at Bottesford Town with goals from Dean Wharam in the firs half and Steve Kenworthy three minutes from time, while Brodsworth Welfare were beaten 3-0 at the Woodlands by Eccleshill United that brought up Broddy’s 33rd defeat in 35 league outings.

TUESDAY - Sheffield Senior Cup Semi-Final: Parkgate v Sheffield FC (7.30). Wilkinson Sword Trophy Semi Final: Louth Town v Rossington Main.

Premier Div: Hallam v Armthorpe Welfare. Div One: Worsbrough Bridge Athletic v Teversal.

WEDNESDAY - Premier Div: Hall Road Rangers v Maltby Main.

THURSDAY - Premier Divi: Hallam v Selby Town, Scarborough Athletic v Parkgate.