Hallam climbed off the bottom of the table at the expense of local rivals Dinnington Town to boost their hopes of retaining their Premier Division status.
The Blues beat neighbours and manager Julian Watts’ former club Maltby Main 2-1 at Sandygate and with relegation rivals Arnold Town going down 2-1 at home against Nostell, Watts’ men moved to within seven-points of safety with three games in hand.
Aaron Moxam pounced on a loose ball in the area to give Hallam a ninth minute lead after Maltby had failed to deal with a Steve Wankiewicz free-kick. The Blues doubled their advantage on 34 minutes with Gavin Hunter knocking in the rebound after the Miners keeper Jamie Bailey had parried Moxam’s low drive. The visitors carried the greater threat after the break pulling one back through a Greg Mason penalty on 78 minutes but Hallam hung on to claim a priceless three points (Full report and picture in Grassroots inside Thursday’s Star).
Dinnington look destined for the drop after slumping 4-1 at home to Pickering Town. Steve Toyne’s side are effectively nine points from safety with just six games to play.
The visitors edged in front on 30 minutes with Mark Dalton heading in from close range after Town keeper Marcus Weston had parried.
It was 2-0 on 68 minutes with Marcus Dalton finishing off a good move. Five minutes later Mike Naughton headed in from a corner to put the game out of Dinnington’s reach and although Tom Hall pulled one back on 87 minutes following a scramble in the area, it proved no more than a consolation effort as Billy Logan restored the Pikes three goal cushion straight from the restart.
At the other end of the table, Parkgate took full advantage of leaders Farsley AFC’s 1-1 home draw against second-placed Bridlington Town to leapfrog the seasiders into second spot with a 3-1 home win over Brighouse Town.
Ashley Worsfold gave the Steelmen a 20th minute lead with Grant Allott firing home the second on his debut two minutes later. Brighouse pulled one back through Matt Sparks in stoppage time at the end of the first half. But Luke Fletcher sealed the points with the third on 68 minutes that sees Parkgate close to within four points of Farsley with a game in hand.
Armthorpe Welfare enjoyed their day out at the seaside beating Scarborough Athletic 1-0. The decisive moment came six minutes before the break when Craig Wilkinson headed on a long ball for Henry Sibenge to poke home from close range.
Staveley Miners Welfare will be playing Premier Division football next season after sealing their promotion from Division One with a 3-0 win at Askern Villa and now need just one point from the reaming four games to clinch the Championship.
Villa started brightly hitting both post and crossbar but Staveley soon took control with Jordan Eagers firing the visitors into a 32nd minute lead. Joe McGuire added the second midway through the second half before Ryan Damms wrapped up the points on 81 minutes with his 33rd goal of the season.
Handsworth stretched their unbeaten run to four games with a 1-1 draw at Louth Town. David Kippax gave Handsworth a 72nd minute lead but they were denied maximum points when Jack Debnam levelled with four minutes to spare.
AFC Emley are up to ninth after an excellent 2-0 win at second-placed Yorkshire Amateur made it eight games undefeated. Steve Kenworthy continued his purple patch in front of goal pouncing on 54 and 60 minutes to take his tally to eight in the last nine outings.
Rossington Main suffered a first away defeat in five going down 4-2 at high-riding Pontefract Collieries. Liam Charlton headed Main into a 13th minute lead but the host hit back to lead 3-1 nine minutes after the break. Nathan Fraser curled a 20-yard effort into the top corner to bring Rossington back into the game with 19- minutes remaining. However, a disputed penalty deep into stoppage time ended hopes of the visitors snatching a point.
Brodsworth Welfare lost out once more the battle of the bottom two as a Paul Reilly goal five minutes into the second half gave Appleby Frodingham a 1-0 win at Woodlands.
TUESDAY - League Cup Third Round: Barton Town OB v Staveley MW.
Premier Div: Arnold Town v Dinnington Town, Hallam v Thackley. Di One: Hemsworth MW v Brodsworth Welfare.
WEDNESDAY - Division One: Handsworth v Worsbrough Br.