Duo hit road as relegation clouds gather

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Relegation-haunted Hallam and Dinnington Town go on the road in search of three priceless points in their bid to avoid the drop.

Both sides face a huge task to retain Premier Division status. The Blues, five points adrift at the foot of the table, have 16 games left, while Dinnington, in the second relegation spot and just three points better off, have nine games left to ensure they will have a fourth season in the top flight. Both teams may need to win five or six games to stave off relegation but that’s a big ask.

Hallam go to Pickering Town without a win in 15 games. Dinnington were thumped 7-2 at Selby Town on Tuesday, which brought up their 11th consecutive league defeat and 16th game without a win.

But a trip to Long Eaton United, who have managed just two wins in 12 games at Station Road, should give Town some hope that it could be the day their losing streak comes to an end.

At the other end of the table, Parkgate go to Selby Town, which sees them back in league action for the first time since losing 4-3 at home against Winterton Rangers almost a month ago.

With Farsley having opened up a 10-point lead at the top over the Steelmen, boss Dough Shelly knows it’s a game from which they must come away with all three points if they are not to see their title dreams fade further away.

Maltby Main will look to get back to winning ways against Winterton Rangers at Muglet Lane.

The Miners slipped to a third defeat on the bounce on Wednesday evening after going down 2-0 at home against neighbours Armthorpe Welfare.

A win over Rangers would see them leapfrog the visitors in sixth.

In Division One, Staveley Miners Welfare will take another step to promotion with a win over 13th-placed Bottesford Town at Inkersall Road.

The Miners moved 11 points clear at the top and a further four ahead of Louth Town in third after defeating Handsworth 3-2, who themselves will look to bounce back at home to Askern Villa and extend their undefeated run to seven games in all competitions at Olivers Mount.

After losing their opening 11 games at Oxford Street, Rossington Main are now unbeaten in the last six at home and look to extend that run against Hemsworth Miners Welfare, who have lost the last four away.

Worsbrough Bridge Athletic travel to next to bottom Appleby Frodingham aiming for a first win in five that would give them a league double following a 2-1 victory at Park Road in September.