Five-star Blues clinch double

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THERE were some impressive performances over the weekend, none more so than at Oxford Street where Hallam romped to their biggest away win of the season, beating Rossington Main 5-1 to complete a league double in style.

Liam Morris gave Julian Watts’ side a 17th minute lead, lifting a shot over Lee Appleby in the Rossington goal before Willie McGhie restored parity six minutes before the break with a low drive past Lewis Naylor.

Hallam went ahead again on 62 minutes when Tom Carnall’s cross from the right was swept home by Craig Getliff. Rossington found themselves down to 10-men on 69 minutes when they had defender Shaun Pendleton sent-off for a second yellow card.

Two minutes later, the Blues made their numerical advantage count, Kistell crossing for substitute Adam Todd to head home unmarked to make it 3-1. Hallam made the points safe on 87 minutes when Carnall played Morris through to slot home his 15th goal of the season before substitute Matt Sykes squeezed home the fifth from a tight angle in stoppage time.

Three first half goals saw Handsworth get their First Division promotion hopes back on track with a comfortable 3-0 victory over struggling Askern Villa at Olivers Mount.

Dinnington Town maintained their good run of form with a 2-1 win at neighbours Worsbrough Bridge Athletic to stretch their unbeaten run to five games.

Worksop Parramore’s leapfrogged visitors Hemsworth MW into fifth place in the race for a top two place with a narrow 1-0 win at Sandy Lane. Matty Thorpe hitting what proved to be the winner on 28 minutes.

AFC Emley claimed a 2-1 win over basement side Appleby Frodingham.

Parkgate recovered from going a goal down at home to beat Liversedge 4-1 to make it just one defeat from the last 11 league outings. It leaves the Steelmen handily placed in seventh in the Premier Division, 10 points adrift of leaders Retford United with the three games in hand.

Leaders Retford saw two points slip away at lowly Pickering Town when Darren Clough struck for the home side with just two minutes remaining to seal a 1-1 draw.

Maltby Main remain in the bottom two after a narrow 3-2 defeat at Winterton Rangers.

Armthorpe Welfare bounced back from two successive away defeats in fine style, beating promotion hopefuls Tadcaster Albion 2-0 on their own patch.

Staveley Miners Welfare recorded a superb 3-1 win at Willand Rovers in the FA Vase Fourth Round. Tom Jones, Ryan Damms and Dave Cockerill were on target for the Miners.