New Hallam boss on the touchline

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Julian Watts make his belated bow as new boss of Hallam against Thackley at Sandygate tomorrow, in what the Blues will hope is the dawn of a new era and the start of the climb away from the bottom of the table.

Watts was appointed a fortnight ago, succeeding Kenny Geelan who stood down following a string of poor results. With last week’s game against Selby Town like many postponed due to a frozen pitch, Watts has been able to spend time getting to know his new charges on the training pitch.

The new Blues boss has already suffered a setback after striker Jordan Turner opted for a move to Evo-Stik strugglers Retford United.

With Hallam being amongst the lowest scores in the Premier Division it’s an area Watts will need to strengthen, and it’s believed he’s hoping to conclude a couple of new signings ahead of tomorrow’s game. Hallam are four points adrift of safety after Liversedge picked up a point from a 2-2 draw against Armthorpe Welfare on Tuesday, while next to bottom Dinnington Town remain three ahead of the Blues but have played two games more following their 2-0 home defeat against Lincoln Moorlands Railway earlier in the week.

Dinnington face a derby at league leaders Parkgate but can expect little sympathy from their neighbours who will be looking to bounce back from Wednesday 1-0 defeat at Winterton Rangers. The Steelmen are pushing hard for their first ever Premier Division Championship and are undefeated in 12 at Green Lane. Town are without a win in 10 and will need to turn the form book on its head to get anything from the game.

In-form Maltby Main have a score to settle when they go to Pickering Town. The Pikes romped to a 4-1 victory at Muglet Lane in September in what was one of the Miners worse performances of the season.

Armthorpe Welfare will hope to continue their good run of form at Church Street when they entertain Winterton Rangers. Des Bennett’s side have taken 10 points from the last 12 at home which has coincided with the arrival of Doncaster striker Leo Fortune-West. In Division One, there is a local derby at Olivers Mount where Handsworth take on Worsbrough Bridge; Russ Eagles outfit will hope to celebrate a league double by going third in the table. Handsworth beat Bridge 3-1 at last September and are the only side to have come away from Park Road with maximum points. However, Worsbrough look in the mood to make amends with Ian Shirts side going into the clash unbeaten in seven. Elsewhere, Rossington Main host Teversal, aiming for a first home league win in 12 games.