Blues keep sights on dodging drop

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Having given themselves a chance of avoiding the drop into Division One, Hallam must not allow the opportunity to slip through their grasp when they go to Lincoln Moorland Railway this weekend.

The Blues beat neighbours Armthorpe Welfare 2-0 on Tuesday to put them within six points of third from bottom Arnold Town before last night’s clash with Selby Town at Sandygate. Lincoln are fifth and have won 10 and drawn six from 18 league home outings but have little to play for other than pride.

Parkgate go to Nostell Miners Welfare locked in a battle with Bridlington Town for the runners up spot with champions elect Farsley AFC 12-points clear.

The Seasiders hold pole position by virtue of a superior goal-difference. With Bridlington expected to pick up the three-points against relegated Dinnington Town at Queensgate Lane, the Steelmen know the pressure will be on them.

Maltby Main have slipped to 11th following a disappointing run that has seen the Miners win just one of the last nine. However, Steve Adams still has plenty to play for with the Miners just two points outside a Presidents Cup Qualification place and level on points with tomorrow’s visitors Scarborough Athletic.

Armthorpe Welfare will look for a first win in four as they bring the curtain down on their home campaign against Selby Town, which has all the hallmarks of an end of season game with both teams in the bottom half of the table but well clear of relegation.

In Division One, Worsbrough Bridge Athletic will go in search of a fourth win on the spin at Eccleshill United as the outfit target a top half of the table finish. Rossington Main, fresh from securing a place in the Wilkinson Sword Trophy Final following a 5-3 extra-time win at Louth United on Tuesday, entertain AFC Emley; they will be hoping to avoid a third home defeat in a row.

Handsworth go to Grimsby Borough with a top three finish in their sights. Russ Eagle’s side have been in form of late with just one defeat in the 10-outings, while Grimsby are without a win in the last four in all competitions

Askern Villa will hope to avoid a fifth successive defeat when they take on fourth-placed Pontefract Collieries in their penultimate home game of the season. Perennial strugglers Brodsworth Welfare go to third bottom Teversal more in hope than expectation.