Handsworth’s vital title clash

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In the penultimate weekend of the Baris NCEL season there are promotion and relegation issues yet to be decided.

In Division One it’s a three-horse race for the two promotion spots between leaders Handsworth, second-placed Worksop Parramore and Glasshoughton Welfare in third.

So it’s a massive game tonight when Handsworth host Glasshoughton at Oivers Mount (7.45). The West Yorkshire side ended Handsworth’s magnificent run of 13 league wins with a 3-1 victory at Leeds Road last weekend.

Glasshoughton thrashed Grimsby Borough 9-1 in midweek but they can expect to find Handsworth in mean mood as hosts look for the victory that would take them to within one point of landing the Championship.

Handsworth’s Presidents Cup Final against Barton Town OB, postponed on Wednesday due to a waterlogged pitch, has been rescheduled for Wednesday, May 2 at Winterton Rangers.

Worksop Parramore will be keeping a close watch on the goings on at Olivers Mount ahead of their home game against fifth in the table Pontefract Collieries tomorrow. They dropped two points on Tuesday when Shirebrook scored in the last minute to force a 2-2 draw at Sandy Lane.

It left Parramore two points adrift of the leaders and they can ill afford another slip up if they are to set up a winner takes all title showdown against Handsworth next weekend.

Hallam bring their away campaign to a close with a trip to third from bottom Grimsby Borough. Julian Watts men will be aiming to improve on a record that has seen them lose four of the last five against a Borough side they beat 4-2 at Sandygate Road in November.

Dinnington Town hope to make it six wins on the bounce at second from bottom Yorkshire Amateur. Town have 11 victories from 17 away games.

Retford United know that if they win their remaining three games then they will be crowned Premier Division champions. They are at home to eighth-placed Thackley tomorrow then Staveley MW on Tuesday with the final game being away at leaders Bridlington Town, two points clear at the top after beating Armthorpe 4-2.

Maltby Main, unbeaten in the last six, go to Long Eaton United knowing three points will see them win their relegation battle if Staveley MW also take maximum points at next to bottom Lincoln Moorlands Railway.

Parkgate take on improving Arnold Town, five win from six, at Green Lane where the Steelmen will hope to make it three wins on the spin.