HANDSWORTH kept up their promotion charge with a 6-0 home walloping of promotion rivals Albion Sports.
Sam Smith gave Handsworth an eighth minute lead from the penalty spot. Gareth Griffiths added the second on 40 minutes from a good pass by Richard Tootle.
Smith grabbed the third six minutes after the break with skipper Danny Peterson’s terrific strike making it 4-0 on 72 minutes. Lee Hill stretched the lead further three minutes later before Smith completed his hat-trick a minute from time to take his season’s tally to 22 and ensure Handsworth held on to second spot.
There’s no stopping Dinnington Town at the moment as Steve Toyne’s in-form side made it 19-points from the last 21 available with a 3-1 victory at AFC Emley.
James Coulbeck gave Town an early lead finding the bottom corner with a low drive from 20-yards. Dinnington were unlucky not to have wrapped up the points before the break with Liam Cartledge heading against the crossbar while Matt Lepianka struck the post with a fine strike. However, Emley levelled in controversial circumstances on 52 minutes through Sean Hazeldon after Town keeper Luke Hands appeared to have been pushed into the net.
But Dinnington regained the lead on 65 minutes when Cartledge finished off a good move involving Coulbeck and Martin Wade before the win was sealed with the third 11 minutes from time. Coulbeck again involved with a superb crossfield pass for Michael Trench to run onto and finish with aplomb.
Rossington Main eased to a 3-0 home victory over Grimsby Borough. Injury ravaged Askern Villa went down 3-1 at Louth United despite taking a ninth minute lead.
Retford United were knocked off top spot in the Premier Division after suffering their first league defeat in 10 games in a surprise 4-0 reversal Brighouse Town. It was a result that allowed Bridlington Town to take over at the top on goal difference after a late goal gave them a 1-0 home victory over Liversedge.
Staveley Miners Welfare remain firmly in contention in third place and just three-points behind the leaders after a 2-1 win over Nostell MW at Inkersall Road.
Parkgate’s promotion hopes appear to be fading after the Steelmen were held to a goaless draw at Long Eaton United. Two late goals saw Armthorpe Welfare come away with all three-points at Lincoln Moorlands Railway.
Hallam’s home game against Worksop Parramore was postponed at noon after heavy morning rain left the Sandygate pitch waterlogged
TUESDAY - League Cup 3rd Round: Worsbrough Bridge Athletic v Barton Town OB.