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Parkgate went top of the Premier Division by beating leaders Farsley AFC 3-2 in a thrilling game at Green Lane as Doug Shelley's high fliers stretched their unbeaten home league record to 11 games.

Maltby Main climbed to fourth after thrashing Brighouse Town 5-0 away to stretch their unbeaten league run to nine games, while Armthorpe Welfare came from two goals down against defending champions Bridlington Town to earn a 2-2 draw at Church Street.

Hallam's relegation clash against Hall Road Rangers was postponed with the Sandygate Road pitch frozen,

Meanwhile the Blues have officially announced that former Sheffield Wednesday defender Julian Watts, who has been coaching at Maltby Main, will take over as manager from today following the resignation of Kenney Geelan after last week's 4-2 defeat against Liversedge that left Hallam bottom of the table.

Three goals in a six-minute spell midway through the first half saw Parkgate take a 2-1 lead into the break and although the Steelmen stretched their lead further just before the hour Farsley pulled one back 16 minutes from time to ensure it was a tense finish.

Ashley Worsfold broke the deadlock on 19 minutes but the joy was short lived as a Roy Stamer deflected free-kick levelled two minutes later.

But Parkgate quickly regained the lead when Nathan Swindells scored with a thunderous 35-yard free-kick on 25 minutes to put the hosts 2-1 up.

Worsfold extended the advantage on 57 minutes going past the keeper before rolling the ball into the net at the second attempt. Stamer's second for the visitors on 74 minutes saw a late Farsley onslaught but Parkgate hung on to go a point clear of their visitors with three games in hand. (See Thursdays Star for full report and pictures in Grassroots).

Maltby Main took their points haul to 25 from the last 27 possible with an emphatic 5-0 drubbing of Brighouse Town.

Rob Branagan fired the Miners into a 10th minute lead with Adam Shepherd heading the second on 28 minutes.

Dominant Maltby might well have added to their score before the break with Branagan crashing another effort against the underside of the bar then being brought down in the box only to see their shouts for a penalty fall on deaf ears.

However, Miners increased their lead on 74 minutes with a fine sole effort from Chris Woods slotting home after weaving his way through static defence. Danny Jones came off the bench for the last 10 minutes and quickly made his presence felt scoring twice inside the last six minutes.

It's just one defeat in the last six for Armthorpe Welfare after a second half fight back saw Des Bennett's men come away with a share of the spoils against a Bridlington side aiming for a second successive league title.

Ashley Allinson gave the visitors the lead on 29 minutes and when Alex Rhodes added a second for the visitors with a deflected long range effort the signs looked ominous for Welfare. However, Leo Fortune-West headed in a Craig Morley cross nine minutes after the interval to put the home side back in the game and after twice having efforts cleared off the line and hitting the woodwork Armthorpe figrabbed the equaliser when Joe Wilcox knocked in the rebound from a David Buck header with six minutes to spare.

In Division One, a goal in each half saw AFC Emley pick up their first away win in four games with a 2-0 victory over Appleby Frodingham.

Theo Ringrose nudged Emley in front five minutes before the break with Steve Kenworthy wrapping up the points with the second on 65 minutes.

Askern Villa saw two promotion points slip away after being held to a goalless home draw by Bottesford Town, while Rossington Main picked up their first home point of the season following a 2-2 draw with Eccleshill United.

Rossington had Steve Lodge in charge after he had replaced Mel Culshaw as manager earlier in the in the week and the new Main boss saw his side take a 2-0 lead into the break only to see them fritter it away in the secind half.

Bradley Billam volleyed the home side in front on 29 minutes after a slick passing move with Liam Charlton slotting home the second 10 minutes later. But Eccleshill pulled one back through Declan Corby's speculative 35-yard effort a minute after the restart before Marcus Edward snatched a share of the spoils with 14 minutes remaining despite the home side appeals for handball.

Staveley Miners Welfare crashed out of the FA Vase going down 3-0 at home against Rye United.

Tuesday - Premier Division: Bridlington Town v Armthorpe Welfare, Parkgate v Maltby Main. Division One: Staveley MW v Glasshoughton Welfare, Yorkshire Amateur v Rossington Main.

Wednesday - Premier Division: Lincoln Moorlands Railway v Dinnington Town. Division One: Handsworth v Appleby Frodingham.League Cup First Round: AFC Emley v Barton Town OB.

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