Hallam’s survival hopes took a double hit after a disastrous 4-1 home defeat against Nostell Miners Welfare was followed by the news that fellow strugglers Arnold Town had come from a goal down at home to hit a late winner against Armthorpe Welfare.
Julian Watts’ side are six-points behind third from bottom Arnold and effectively seven points from safety with the Nottinghamshire side having a superior goal-difference.
After last week’s 1-0 win over Arnold a point would have been good enough to lift the Sandygate club off the bottom with fellow strugglers Dinnington without a game.
Hallam trailed to a sloppy goal after four minutes when Craig Stephens scored and although Gavin Hunter equalised in the 21st minute within five minutes the home side found themselves 3-1 down after two quickfire Jimmy Eyles strikes and there was no way back seven minutes after the interval when Ernest Boafo got on the end of a cross to add the fourth. Chris Wood bagged his second hat-trick in three games as Parkgate climbed back to second after a 4-2 home win over Thackley.
Wood had already hit four goals in two outings following his switch from Maltby Main. Ashley Worsfold got their other, converting a Wood cross. Thackley scored with a long range effort from Nicky Matthews and a Tom Higman effort.
Maltby Main slipped to a fifth game without a win, losing 2-1 at Tadcaster Albion. Rob Youhill gave the hosts an 11th minute leadand Maltby equalised on 51 minutes through debutant Craig Fletcher’s looping header. Miners looked the more likely winners only to be undone on 79 minutes when Carl Stewart headed home after a breakaway.
Darren Mansaram headed Armthorpe into the lead inside the first minute at strugglers Arnold Town but Martin Carruthers levelled against the run of play six minutes before the break then grabbed the winner on the break two minutes from time.
Staveley Miners Welfare recorded the biggest away win in the club’s NCEL history with an 8-0 drubbing of Bottesford Town.
Billy Fox’s side are sailing towards the Division One Championship with an 11-point lead with just seven games remaining.
Ryan Damms made it 29 goals for the season with a four-timer, Aymen Tahar scored his 18th of the sason, Joe McGuire hit two and Andrew Fox the other leaving the Miners requiring 12-points from the last 21 to clinch the title.
AFC Emley extended their unbeaten run to six games with a 2-1 win at Worsbrough Bridge Athletic. Dean Wharam hit his fourth goal in the last five games to give the visitors a fifth minute lead then supplied the cross for Mark Stewart to tuck away the second on 25 minutes. Worsbrough were then livelier side after the break, pulling one back on 74 minutes when Rob Ward headed in from a corner.
Two late second half goals from Adam Fretwell and Dave Cockerill five minutes from time earned Handsworth all three-points from a 2-0 success at Hemsworth Miners Welfare.
Rossington Main extended their unbeaten run to eight games in all competitions with a 1-0 win at Barton Town Old Boys, Jake Vernon scoring with a stooping far post header.
Brodsworth Welfare’s winless league run now stretches to 70 games after a 2-1 home defeat by Shirebrook Town.
Tonight - Div One: Leeds Carnegie v Handsworth.
Tuesday - Wilkinson Sword Trophy 3rd Round: Staveley MW v Pontefract Collieries. Premier Div: Hallam v Selby Town.