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THERE are two big games this weekend with Staveley Miners Welfare taking on Parkgate in the Premier Division and Dinnington Town host Division One leaders Handsworth.

Staveley are one place above their visitors as they look to bounce back from a 3-1 home defeat against Arnold Town on Wednesday. Defeat for either side would almost certainly bring an end to their title dreams. The Steelmen, unbeaten in the last seven, are seven points adrift of leaders Bridlington with the seasiders expected to pick up another maximum at home against Long Eaton United.

Dinnington could be without five regulars for the visit of Handsworth following injuries in the 2-1 defeat at Glasshoughton, which left Town boss Steve Toyne fuming: “What went on was nothing less than disgraceful, we were kicked off the park.” Dinnington have won six out of the last eight and will looking to avenge a 2-1 defeat at Olivers Mount at the start of the season.

However, they will face a tough test with Russ Eagle’s table toppers enjoying an incredible run of form with Wednesday’s 3-0 victory over Grimsby Borough making it nine on the spin in the league, sending the Ambers six points clear at the top.

After picking up their first home win of 2012 on Tuesday Hallam will aim to make it two in five days at Sandygate when they take on AFC Emley.

The teams are separated by goal difference only and a win for Julian Watts’ men would see them leapfrog their visitors into 10th spot, whilst keeping alive their hopes of top eight finish and qualification for the Presidents Cup.

Worsbrough Bridge Athletic aim to put a further dent in Pontefract Collieries’ promotion hopes.

The visitors slipped out of the top two following defeat against Handsworth last week. And with the Briggers in good form -10 points from the last 12- they are the mood to stretch their unbeaten run to five games.

Worksop Parramore face a crunch game at second in the table Glasshoughton Welfare.

Darren Bland’s men climbed to fourth after hitting Yorkshire Amateur for six earlier in the week, their fifth win in six games, and are just a point behind their hosts with a game in hand.

Rossington Main aim to cement sixth place with a win over Shirebrook Town. Main have been in good form at home losing just once in the last seven.

Askern Villa go to bottom of the table Appleby Frodingham that should see Villa continue their recent improvement.

Relegation threatened Maltby Main could move to within a point of safety with a win over an out of sorts Tadcaster Albion at Muglet Lane.