Home games hold key to Hallam survival

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Three home games over the next six days will go a long way to deciding which division Hallam will be playing in come the start of next season.

The Blues take on fifth-placed Tadcaster Albion tomorrow followed by a local derby against Armthorpe Welfare on Tuesday then Selby Town 24-hours later, by which time they will have played the same number of games as relegation rivals Arnold Town.

Before last night’s home clash against leaders Farsley Celtic, Julian Watts side were eight points behind Arnold with the Nottinghamshire outfit enjoying a better goal difference.

If Hallam can pick up six points from the next three games it will give them a real chance of avoiding the drop, particularly as they go to Arnold in the final game of the season on April 26 and what a climax to the campaign that could turn out to be.

It is of course a big ask as points in the bag almost always prove better than games in hand. However, recent performances have raised hopes that Hallam can pull off the great escape with Watts men unbeaten in the last three prior to facing Farsley.

Dinnington Town bring the curtain down on their home campaign this weekend with visit of title-chasing Bridlington Town to Phoenix Park.

With Dinnington propping up the Premier table and 12 points adrift of safety with four games to play relegation back to Division One after three seasons in the top flight will be rubber-stamped unless Steve Toyne’s side pull off a win, and even they would not be good enough if Arnold Town avoid defeat at home to Maltby Main. At the other end of the table, Parkgate go to Pickering Town. The Steelmen have won only one of the last four and trail leaders Farsley by nine points with six games to play.

Armthorpe Welfare will go in search of a third away win in four, at Hall Road Rangers, as Des Bennett’s side target a top-nine spot and Presidents Cup qualification.

Rangers, though, have been in good form of late with just one defeat in the last seven in the league.

In Division One, champions Staveley Miners Welfare will set a new club record of 21 league games unbeaten if they avoid defeat at Pontefract Collieries.

Worsbrough Bridge Athletic entertain Askern Villa aiming to make it two home wins in five days after ending a run of five defeats on the trot with a 1-0 victory over Shirebrook Town on Tuesday, while Villa have lost six out of the last seven.

Handsworth go to Rossington Main where they will be hoping to stretch their unbeaten league run to six games.