Hallam bid to climb off the bottom

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After ending a run of 16 league games without a win with a 1-0 victory over Arnold Town this week, Hallam can climb off the bottom of the table by making it back-to-back victories for the first time this season, against Nostell Miners Welfare at Sandygate.

With Dinnington Town sitting out the weekend, even a point would see the Blues climb above their neighbours on goal difference. However, after picking up his first win since being appointment in January, manager Julian Watts’ only thoughts will be on taking maximum points- that could even see Hallam climb out of the drop zone if Arnold lose at home to Armthorpe.

Nostell have lost three of the last four away and Watts will see it a very winnable game despite Nostell being something of a bogey side with Hallam’s 3-2 win in the corresponding fixture last season being the Blues’ only success in the last six league meetings

At the other end of the table, Parkgate take on in-form Thackley at Green Lane as the race for promotion hots up.

Despite slipping to third on goal difference following Bridlington Town’s 5-0 home win Scarborough Athletic in midweek, Doug Shelley’s side remain seven points behind leaders Farsley with three games in hand. Maltby Main face a tough trip to fourth-placed Tadcaster Albion as Steve Adams goes in search of a first win in five.

It will be the third meeting between the two teams this season with the Miners having won at Ings Lane 3-2 in the League Cup in November as they avenged a 4-1 defeat at Muglet Lane.

Armthorpe Welfare will aim to add to Arnold Town’s relegation troubles with a fourth away win in five games.

Division One leaders Staveley will look to complete a quick fire league double over Bottesford Town with a win at Birch Park, a week after Aymen Tahar’s goal earned the Miners a 1-0 victory at Inkersall Road.

Two in-form teams clash at Park Road where Worsbrough Bridge Athletic, one defeat in the last 11 league outings, entertain AFC Emley, unbeaten in the last five.

Handsworth go to lowly Hemsworth Miners Welfare aiming to improve on an away record that has seen just four wins from 13 on the road.

Victory for the home side would see them become the first team to inflict a league double on Welfare following a 2-1 win in October.

Rossington Main go to third-in-the-table Barton Town OB looking to extend their unbeaten run to eight games. Barton have been beaten just once in 14 outings at home.

Brodsworth Welfare entertain Shirebrook Town at the Woodlands dreaming of a first win in 29 games.