Hallam bid for crucial derby victory

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there is far more at stake than local bragging rights when Hallam entertain Maltby Main tomorrow.

Victory is a must for the Blues if they are to have any chance of staying in the Premier Division.

Hallam’s cause was not helped by Arnold Town’s 5-0 thrashing of Selby Town on Tuesday, which left the Blues effectively 10-points from safety due to their inferior goal-difference ahead of last night’s home clash against Hall Road Rangers.

The game also sees manager Julian Watts face his former club where he was assistant manager until taking over at Sandygate in January.

Maltby had gone five games without a win before their 1-0 win over Lincoln MR.

Dinnington Town host Pickering Town in what is their penultimate home game of the season.

Steve Toyne’s men now find themselves nine-points from safety with just eight games left and only championship form will save them from the drop. Pickering put five past Town at the Recreation ground in October but they have lost the last two away.

Parkgate take on Brighouse Town where they need to take all-three points in order keep their title hopes alive. The Steelmen have taken just a point from two games over the past week, which has seen them slip to third and six-points behind leaders Farsley. The visitors have suffered four defeats in the last five.

Armthorpe Welfare (12th) travel to Scarborough Athletic (10th) and both sides will be keen to finish in the top eight to qualify for next seasons President Cup, Armthorpe have lost three of the last four, while Boro have won five of the last six at home.

In Division One, Handsworth go to Louth Town in search of a third away win on the trot, which could see them climb to third. Handsworth had a 3-1 win over Eccleshill on Wednesday, lifting them above their fifth-placed hosts on goal-difference.

Leaders Staveley can all but secure promotion with a win at Askern Villa. The Miners are 11 points clear at the top and 22 ahead of Barton Town in third following the mid-week 5-1 win at Appleby Frodingham. Villa bid to become the first side to complete a league double over Staveley following a 3-0 win in August.

AFC Emley, who have won five in an unbeaten run of seven games, are at second-placed Yorkshire Amateur.

It’s the clash of the bottom when Brodsworth Welfare entertain Appleby Frodingham.

Despite being in the bottom half Rossington Main have one of the best away records the division. Tomorrow Steve Lodge’s side head for Pontefract Collieries hoping to make it 10 wins on the road.