Superb Smith leads fightback

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HANDSWORTH staged a superb fightback at championship rivals Pontefract Collieries, coming from two goals down at the break to win 3-2 with a last minute goal to go three points clear at the top of Division One with a game in hand.

With just goal difference separating the two teams it had looked like Pontefract were heading for the top when goals from Greig McGory on seven minutes and Gary Lumley eight minutes before the break saw the hosts go in at the interval with a 2-0 lead. However, Sam Smith’s penalty four minutes after the restart put Handsworth back in the game with Faffy Gwindi levelling the scores on 69 minutes. Then Smith pounced in the last minute for his 27th goal of the season to seal Handsworth’s eighth straight league win.

Hallam were held to a 1-1 home draw against Eccleshill United.

Parkgate are up to fifth in the Premier Division after thrashing Lincoln Moorlands Railway 6-0 at Green Lane, the second successive game the Steelmen have hit six at home.

Retford United eased to a 4-0 home victory over bottom of the table Selby Town to stay hot on the heels of leaders Bridlington Town.

Armthorpe Welfare were beaten 3-0 at home by Winterton Rangers where they had James Stansfield harshly sent off after 10 minutes for allegedly leading with an elbow as he jumped for a high ball.

Staveley MW maintained their title challenge with a 3-1 away success at Barton Town OB.

Maltby Main boosted their hopes of avoiding the drop with a 1-0 win at Nostell MW to end a run of six defeats on the spin. The only goal of the game came 10 minutes into the second half when Rob Branagan headed home from a Scott Whittingham cross.

It’s just one defeat in the last six games now for Worsbrough Bridge Athletic as the Briggers edged to a 1-0 win over Louth Town at Park Road.

Dinnington Town were narrowly beaten 2-1 at Glasshoughton Welfare, a result that saw the hosts side climb to second-place in Division One.

A Tom Nolan penalty 10 minutes before the break and a Gavin Allott effort inside the first minute of the second half helped promotion chasing Worksop Parramore to a 2-0 home win over Teversal.

Rossington Main romped to a 4-0 win at Bottesford Town.

Askern Villa made it three wins on the trot beating Hemsworth MW 1-0 at Manor Way. Gary Collier hitting the only goal of the game on 24 minutes with a good finish from 16 yards.

AFC Emley comfortably beat struggling Grimsby Borough 4-1.