Watts out to stop rot on home debut

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Julian Watts takes charge of his first home game as Hallam boss with the Blues in dire relegation trouble.

It’s been a stop-start period for Watts since being appointed at Sandygate last month with postponements meaning he has had just two games to assess the squad - defeats at Barton Town in the League Cup and 5-0 at leaders Farley AFC in the last outing.

Tomorrow Hallam host neighbours Armthorpe Welfare five points adrift of safety and without a league win in 15 games. There are still 16 games remaining but Watts know he must change the losing mentality before their position becomes irretrievable.

Armthorpe, who beat Hallam 3-1 at Church Street just last month, will be looking to bounce back from a 8-2 drubbing against Lincoln Moorlands Railway but will be without the suspended James Walker. Hallam are likely to hand home debuts to goalkeeper Adam Valente and Dwayne Wiley.

Dinnington Town travel to Thackley looking to end a run of nine defeats that has seen Steve Toynes’s men slip into the bottom two. Town have just 11 games to preserve their Premier status and will need to produce near-championship form to do so.

Championship contenders Parkgate take on Hall Road Rangers at Green Lane aiming to improve on a recent run of form that has seen them lose three of the last four outings.

The Steelmen will be under added pressure to come away with all three points against a Rangers side that has won three of the last four.

Maltby Main can do both Hallam and Dinnington a favour by taking all three points from their trip to relegation-threatened Liversedge.

The hosts pulled six points clear of the drop zone following a 2-1 win at Brighouse Town earlier in the week.

Victory for the home side over the Miners would be another blow to the Blues and Town survival hopes but Maltby have been in good form on the road with just one defeat in the last six.

Top game in Division One is at Bracken Edge where leaders Staveley Miners Welfare face second-placed Yorkshire Amateur.

The Miners are nine points clear at the top 11 ahead of Louth United in third and a win over their closest rivals would see championship pendulum swing a little further towards Inkersall Road.

Handsworth should pick up three points from rock bottom Brodsworth Welfare, who haven’t managed a win in 31 outings in all competitions this season.