Both Hallam and Dinnington Town remain in the bottom two after slumping to away defeats as fellow strugglers Arnold Town picked up a point at Brighouse Town.
It left Hallam and Dinnington six and three points respectively adrift of third from bottom Arnold, although the Blues have the opportunity to narrow the gap in a six pointer against Arnold at Sandygate Road tomorrow night.
Despite being beaten 4-2 at Pickering Town there were encouraging signs that Hallam could turn it around in what was a much improved performance.
Craig Getliff gave the Blues a second minute lead on his debut after joining from neighbours Maltby ND although they went 3-1 down another new signing, Matt Sykes from Shepshed Dynamo, marked his debut by hauling the Blues back in the game from the penalty spot on the stroke of half-time. But Pickering made it four to leave the Blues without a win in 16 games. Dinnington were beaten 1-0 at Long Eaton United, their 12th consecutive league defeat. The goal came on 51 minutes when Martin Bowles went past Martin Wade out wide before running on to drill home a low shot under the diving Declan Howard, who had made a great save just five minutes before the break to keep out a Kevin Mabon effort.
At the other end of the table, Parkgate narrowed the gap on leaders Farsley AFC to seven-points with three games in hand after coming from 2-0 down at Selby Town to win 3-2 thanks to a hat-trick from debutant Chris Wood.
Parkgate had trailed 2-0 before Wood, signed from Maltby Main last month, turned on his magic.
Maltby ended a run of three defeats on the spin with 1-1 draw against Winterton Rangers at Muglet Lane. Paul Lavender headed the Miners in front on 31 minutes but Rangers hit back to level inside the first minute of the second half through Andy Walkden.
Handsworth claimed a 10th win in 13 games at Olivers Mount after coming from a goal down to beat Askern Villa 4-1. Tom McLaughlin headed the visitors in front from a 32nd minute corner but within 60-seconds Dave Cockerill had restored parity before the former Stocksbridge and Worksop utility man netted twice more to complete an eight minute hat-trick to send Handsworth in 3-1 up. Scott Bates added the fourth five minutes after the interval to put the game beyond Villa and lift Handsworth to eighth in Division One.
Aymen Tahar bagged the only goal of the game midway through the second half to give leaders Staveley three more priceless points from a 1-0 win over Bottesford Town at Inkersall Road. Taher rifled home a splendid 22-yard free-kick on 67 minutes for his 16th goal of the season to leave the Miners are 11-points clear of Yorkshire Amateurs in second and 18 ahead of Louth Town in third as the Premier Division beckons for Billy Fox’s side.
AFC Emley continued their fine run of form at the expense of former boss Ian Banks Eccleshill United side. Dean Wharam scored what proved to be the winner on 58 minutes, heading a Marc Townsend cross into the bottom corner to earn Welfare a 1-0 win to stretch their unbeaten run to four games.
Worsbrough Bridge Athletic came away from Appleby Frodingham with all three points thanks to a Lee Snodin double.
Snodin headed the visitors in front on 47 minutes and although Appleby levelled two minutes later through Shaun Dalton. Worsbrough made it 2-1 with two minutes to spare when Snodin ran half the length of the field before tucking a low shot past the keeper
Rossington Main took their unbeaten home run to seven games with a 3-1 victory over Hemsworth Miners Welfare. Jake Vernon gave Main a 36th minute lead with a far post headed before slotting home the second on the stroke of half-time after latching onto Nathan Frasers excellent through ball. The visitors pulled one back five minutes after the interval through Ian Robinson. But Rossington sealed the points with the third four minutes from time when Jason Stokes blasted into the roof of the net after running onto a ball over the top.
Tuesday - Sheffield & Hallamshire Senior Cup Quarterfinal: Parkgate v Staveley MW.
Premier Division: Dinnington Town v Liversedge, Hallam v Arnold Town.
Division One: Grimsby Borough v AFC Emley, Worsbrough Bridge Athletic v Rossington Main.
Wednesday - Div One: Handsworth v Yorks Amateur.