Parkgate bid for top spot

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It’s tight at the top of the NCEL Premier Division where just three points cover seven teams.

Parkgate, Steveley Miners Welfare and Retford United are amongst those aiming to be top tomorrow night.

Despite their surprise Senior Cup exit against County Senior Athersley Recreation on Tuesday, Parkgate have been in sparkling form in the league,16 points from 18, taking them from the bottom half of the table to fourth, two points behind leaders Brighouse Town.

It’s a run that Doug Shelley’s side should extend at bottom of the table Pickering Town.

Staveley went out of the FA Cup last weekend and were knocked off the top of the table, slipping to sixth. However, expect Billy Fox’s side to bounce back at the expense of visitors Armthorpe Welfare as the Miners look to extend their unbeaten league run to seven games.

Retford United will be determined to bounce back from their first defeat of the season against promotion rivals Brighouse, when they travel to Scunthorpe to take on Winterton Rangers, who are unbeaten in three at home.

It’s difficult to see Maltby Main coming away with anything from their home encounter against promotion hopefuls Scarborough Athletic. The Miners are without a win in eight, while Scarborough have won the last three.

Handsworth could go top of Division One with a win over Pontefract Collieries at Olivers Mount where Russ Eagles side will be looking for a third consecutive win.

Handsworth are second in the table and just two points behind leaders Worksop Parramore who face a tricky away test at fourth-placed Eccleshill United.

Hallam travel to Teversal aiming for revenge for a 3-1 League Cup defeat in September.

Worsbrough Bridge Athletic will be aiming to make it three league wins on the spin at home to Shirebrook Town.

Shirebrook ended a run of six without a win by beating Handsworth 2-1. When the two sides met last month two goals in the last six minutes earned Worsbrough a 2-2 draw.

Dinnington Town go to bottom of the table Appleby Frodingham and will be favourites to beat a side which has lost the last 10

Rossington Main, who have scored in all eight home games, host Bottesford Town, who have conceded just three away goals.

Askern Villa go to Hemsworth Miners Welfare looking to end a run of four away defeats.

AFC Emley will aim to continue their recent run of good form by making it eight without defeat at Grimsby Borough.