Hallam bid to catch up in home run

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Hallam begin a run of four successive league games at Sandygate with the visit of lowly Grimsby Borough.

The Blues will need to take nine or 10 points from the four games if they are to keep alive their faint hopes of an instant return to the top flight. But it will be a big ask with games against promotion chasing Pontefract Collieries, Rossington Main and Albion Sports to follow.

Julian Watts men should kick off with three points against a Grimsby side fourth from bottom, having lost six away games.

Midfielder Lee Mellon is expected to make his home debut despite suffering a badly cut lip in the Blues 3-1 defeat at Eccleshill following his move from neighbours Maltby Main.

Handsworth and AFC Emley lock horns for the fourth time this season. Russ Eagle’s men beat Emley 3-0 at Olivers Mount last month courtesy of a Sam Smith hat-trick. While Emley knocked Handsworth out of the Wilkinson Sword Trophy 4-3 on penalties in September to avenge a 1-0 Presidents Cup defeat.

Leaders Worksop Parramore face a big test at second-paced Pontefract where only goal difference separates the teams. The hosts have won eight out of nine at home but Parramore havewon seven from nine away.

Worsbrough Bridge Athletic, sixth in the table and go to Louth Town, unbeaten in four, look to extended their own unbeaten league run to six games.

Rossington Main go to Yorkshire Amateur as the only team still boasting a100% away league record. Steve Lodge’s men will be confident of making it six from six on their travels.

With leaders Bridlington Town involved in the FA Vase, Retford United can move two-points clear at the top of the Premier Division table with a win at Thackley.

Bottom of the table Maltby Main seek to end a run of 15 games without a win as they welcome Hall Road Rangers.

Parkgate will aim to reach the last 32 of the FA Vase for the first time when they take on Northern League side Bedlington Terriers in the second round at Green Lane.

Staveley MW go to Ashville of the West Cheshire League boosted by a 2-1 win at promotion rivals Scarborough on Tuesday.

Askern Villa face a tough looking tie at West Counties Premier Division Padiham, while Armthorpe Welfare travel to Baris Division One Eccleshill United