No place like home for Blues

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TWO months and 10 outings on, Hallam finally get to play their first home game of the campaign when they welcome Appleby Frodingham to Sandygate.

Cricket then building work has meant the Blues have had to play all their games away so far.

Manager Julian Watts will no doubt be delighted to be back home after a difficult start to life in Division One, which has seen Hallam pick up just six points from six league outings on top of going out of both the FA Cup and League Cup.

Watts though will be confident his side can start the home campaign with three points against a Frodingham side, bottom of the table, and whom the blues recently beat 4-0 in a Wilkinson Sword Trophy clash.

Dinnington Town, who were relegated along with Hallam last season, are also finding the going tough. Steve Toyne’s side have picked up just seven points from nine league outings and are without a league win in five at Phoenix Park.

But that could all change tomorrow with Hemsworth MW the visitors, who suffered a 2-1 defeat on their last visit to Dinnington in the Wilkinson Trophy in August.

Handsworth will look to keep the pressure on early pacesetters Worksop Parramore by taking all three points at Shirebrook Town. Russ Eagle’s men are just a point behind the leaders and have been in good form on the road winning three out of four, while Shirebrook are without a win in three at home.

Parramore though, will be expected to pick up all three points at Askern Villa. The visitors can boast a 100% league record after four games on the road, while Villa are without a win in four at Manor Way.

After ending a run of six away games without win with a 3-2 victory at Dinnington Town in midweek, Worsbrough Bridge Athletic will be aiming to make it two in a row at Bottesford Town, who stand just one place and one point above the Briggers in 11th position. However, Worsbrough have lost the services of leading scorer Lee Garside to Ossett.

Theoretically, Parkgate, seventh in the table, could go top if they beat Long Eaton United at Green Lane but it would also take several results to go their way. However, that will be far from a formality with the Nottinghamshire side having shown good form on the road.

After putting 10 past Kinlsey Boys in the last outing, Armthorpe Welfare will be content with a modest win over Lincoln Moorland Railway. Misfiring Maltby Main go to Hall Road Rangers looking for a first away win in six games.