Drop-fight Blues go in search of Winter warmer

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Hallam travel to Winterton Rangers for what can only be described as the first of nine cup finals.

Four points from the last two home games against Maltby (2-1) then Thackley (2-2) have given the Blues a glimmer of hope that they can haul themselves out of the bottom two.And whilst it may be an uphill struggle, it’s by no means an impossible task.

Performances of late have been encouraging and had they held on to a 2-0 lead against Thackley on Tuesday then the gap to safety would have been narrowed to six-points with the Blues having three games in hand on relegation rivals Arnold Town.

Hallam will need to keep a close watch on striker Liam Wilkin who struck a hat-trick in Rangers’ 5-0 win at Sandygate Road in November.

Dinnington Town could be relegated this weekend. Steve Toyne’s side travel to Nostell Miners Welfare 11 points adrift of safety with five games remaining . Defeat along with a draw for Arnold Town at title-chasing Bridlington would all but mathematically put Town down.

At the other end of the table, second-placed Parkgate make the short trip to Armthorpe Welfare knowing they must take all three points in order to keep the pressure on leaders Farsley, who moved seven points clear at the top following a 4-0 win over Hall Road Rangers in midweek.

The Steelmen will be hoping neighbours Maltby Main can help give their title hopes a boost with leaders Farsley the visitors to Muglet Lane. The Miners’ form has taken a dip over the past month with just one win in six.

In Division One, promoted Staveley Miners Welfare will be crowned champions if they avoid defeat at Inkersall Road against Louth Town while Worsbrough Bridge Athletic will hope to end a run of four defeats on the trot against second-placed Yorkshire Amateur at Park Road.

Handsworth take on thirdplaced Pontefract Colliers. Russ Eagle’s side beat Worsbrough Bridge 3-0 on Wednesday to stretch their unbeaten run to five games to go up to fourth.