Home comforts to spur Hallam

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WITH five of the next six league matches at home Hallam will hope to take advantage and move up the table.

After relegation last season Julian Watts’ men are 13th of 20 teams in Division One with six victories and seven defeats from 14 games, 11 points adrift of the top two.

Wins at Dinnington and Shirebrook over the past week have raised hopes that the Blues could still mount a promotion push.

Tomorrow Hallam entertain Askern Villa in the first league meeting between the two teams. Villa are second from bottom and have lost all six league outings on the road.

Dinnington Town hope to pick up their first home league win of the season with bottom of the table Appleby Frodingham visiting Phoenix Park.

Frodingham, beaten 4-3 at home by Town last month, drew 2-2 at Worsbrough Bridge Athletic this week to end a run of nine away defeats on the spin.

Rossington Main could go second with a home win over Worsbrough. The Doncaster side made it five wins from five on the road with a 4-1 victory at Worksop Parramore on Tuesday, which sees them up to fifth, just two points outside the top two. Worsbrough have won their last three and have already beaten Rossington 3-2 in the League Cup earlier in the season.

Handsworth will look to get their promotion push back on track at Yorkshire Amateur after losing the last two league games, which has cost Russ Eagle’s side top spot.

Worksop Parramore have also seen their title hopes dented following successive defeats against Albion Sports and Rossington. But they should bounce back at home against Bottesford Town, who lost 4-0 at home to Emley in the last outing.

Emley will aim to gatecrash the top six by extending their league run to one defeat in 10 with a win over Shirebrook Town at the Welfare ground.

In the Premier Division, Staveley MW will look to recover from a first league loss of the season when they host promotion rivals Tadcaster Albion at Inkersall Road.

The Miners, beaten 3-2 at Arnold Town in midweek, are unbeaten in six at home and three points against third-placed Tadcaster would see them leapfrog their visitors

Parkgate, sixth, go to eighth-placed Brighouse Town. The Steelmen have won the last four away.

Maltby Main aim to end a run of 13 league games without a win when they host Liversedge at Muglet Lane.

Armthorpe Welfare should come through at bottom of the table Selby Town, who have just one win in 13 games.

Retford United go to Hall Road Rangers looking to keep the pressure on leaders Bridlington Town.

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