Drop agony for Hallam

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Hallam are preparing for life in Division One of the NCEL after losing 2-1 in their relegation showdown at Arnold Town.

Richie Holmes gave Arnold a 10th minute lead but Hallam hit back eight minutes later with a cracking 35-yard strike from Matt Sykes.

The Blues needed to win to stay up but it was Arnold, who needed only to draw, who grabbed the all-important next goal on the hour through Tony Law.

Parkgate closed their home campaign with a 1-0 win over Hall Road Rangers who were reduced to nine men by red cards a minute either side of half-time.

The Steelmen, confirmed as Premier Division runners-up 24 hours earlier after Bridlington Town’s 4-2 defeat by Thackley, scored on 67 minutes through Danny Cardwell’s solo effort.

Aston’s Ross Hannah broke Matlock Town’s scoring record with a hat-trick in the 3-1 win over Buxton taking his tally to 52 and breaking Bob Mountain’s record of 49.