Handsworth go for 12th on trot

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HALLAM aim to bounce back from a run of only one win in six by finishing the season with a flourish starting with three-points at home to neighbours Dinnington Town tomorrow.

The Blues had high hopes of a top ten finish following a good run at the turn of the year but the 3-1 midweek defeat against promotion chasing Worksop Parramoremade it just four points from the last 18 as the club have slipped to 14th in Division One.

Hallam are one place behind Dinnington with just goal-difference separating the teams.

Dinnington beat promotion chasing Glasshoughton Welfare 5-3 in the last outing to end a run of three defeats, and the visitors will be looking to avenge a 1-0 defeat at Phoenix Park in October.

Leaders Handsworth face a tricky fixture at Rossington Main where they go in search of an incredible 12th league victory on the bounce. Rossington are enjoying their best ever season in the NCEL League, sixth in the table with one defeat in the last seven, and will be hoping to complete a league double over the leaders after a 1-0 victory at Olivers Mount in October.

Worsbrough Bridge Athletic travel to struggling Yorkshire Amateur. The Briggers only defeat in the last seven came in a 2-1 reversal against Handsworth in the last outing and Bridge should beat an Ammers outfit with one win in the last 15 games.

AFC Emley ought to make it three successive wins against Bottesford Town at the Welfare ground. The visitors have won only once in 10 outings and were defeated 4-0 in the reverse fixture.

Parkgate return to Winterton Rangers for a Premier Division clash just five days after the Scunthorpe based outfit knocked the Steelmen out of the league Cup 2-1 at the quarter-final stage.

Rangers have won the last six while Parkgate are without a win in the last three away.

Maltby Main must beat Barton Town OB at Muglet Lane if they are to keep any realistic hopes alive of avoiding the drop. The Miners are six points adrift of safety with just five games remaining.

Leaders Retford United face a stern test at fourth-placed Scarborough Athletic. The Badgers have won the last five on the trot.

Armthorpe Welfare go to improving Arnold Town who are unbeaten in the last seven. Welfare ended a run of three defeats with a 4-0 victory over Selby Town in the last outing.

Staveley Miners Welfare are just 90 minutes away from Wembley. They take on Northern League Dunston UTS at Inkersall Road in the second leg of their FA Vase semi-final tie aiming to overturn a 1-0 deficit from the first leg.