Leaders make it ten on the trot

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HANDSWORTH came from a goal down to beat Dinnington Town 2-1 to make it 10 league wins on the spin to maintain their six point lead at the top of Division One with six games remaining.

Michael Trench gave Dinnington a 34th minute lead with a fine 25-yard effort past former Town keeper Rob Poulter. Four minutes into the second half it was all square, Callum Ward knocking in the rebound after Sam Smith’s effort had it the crossbar. Just past the hour and Handsworth had turned the game on its head when Liam Broadbent finished off a good move.

Parkgate’s Premier Division championship hopes look to be over after Doug Shelley’s side suffered their first defeat in eight games, losing 4-1 at Staveley Miners Welfare. It leaves the Steelmen 10 points adrift of leaders Bridlington Town, while the Miners remain in the hunt six points off top spot with eight to play.

Brian Cusworth gave Parkgate a 29th minute lead but Ryan Damms restored parity from the penalty spot three minutes from the break.

Damms edged Staveley ahead on 58 minutes before completing his hat-trick four minutes later to put the home side in control with Simon Barraclough putting the result beyond doubt with the fourth five minutes from time.

Retford United remain level on points with Bridlington at the top after beating Armthorpe Welfare 3-1 at Cannon Park.

Relegation-threatened Maltby Main picked up another precious point in their battle against the drop with a last gasp equaliser in a 1-1 draw against Tadcaster Albion at Muglet Lane.

Hallam slipped to a disappointing 4-0 home defeat against AFC Emley.

Worksop Parramore gave their promotion hopes a major lift with a 3-0 away win over promotion rivals Glasshoughton Welfare.

Worsbrough Bridge Athletic made it three wins on the trot and in doing so put another dent in Pontefract Collieries promotion hopes with a 1-0 victory at Park Road.

Rossington Main continued their fine run of form with a 4-0 home win over Shirebrook Town to make it 13 points from the last 15 available.

Improving Askern Villa made it four wins from the last five with a 2-1 victory at struggling Appleby Frodingham. Villa broke the deadlock on 56 minutes when Rob Johnson’s free-kick was met by Mel Cotton to head home from eight yards. The visitors doubled their lead 10 minutes later, Luke Atkinson running onto a ball into the box to score with a superb diving header. The home side pulled one back 10 minutes from time through Scott McKay’s 16-yard drive but Villa held on to take the points.