Shaw to be a close-run battle

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AN OLD foe stands in the way of Hallam and a first home win of the season this weekend.

Shirebrook Town are the visitors to Sandygate Road who are now managed by former Sheffield boss Mark Shaw and head to South Yorkshire having won all four league games since Shaw’s appointment last month.

Julian Watts side sit second from bottom of Division One with just one win from 10 league outings but will be boosted by a 2-2 draw at high-riding Louth Town last week after twice coming from behind.

Parkgate entertain Thackley where they will aim to return to winning ways.

The Steelmen lost 1-0 at Scarborough Athletic on Tuesday, their third away defeat on the spin and one that saw them slip to seventh in the Premier Division. However, home form has been good with Doug Shelley’s side having won four from five at Green Lane.

Maltby Main face a tough trip to third-placed Bridlington Town who have won the last six on the spin, while the Miners have managed just one win in four on the road.

Worksop Parramore will hope to regain top spot with a win at Long Eaton United after being knocked off their perch following a 1-1 home draw against lowly Nostell MW earlier in the week.

Staveley MW face a tough trip to Brighouse Town where they will aim to become the first team to come away with any points from the Dual Seal Stadium with the hosts having won all five.

Out of sorts Retford United take on neighbours Armthorpe Welfare at Cannon Park looking for only a second win in nine games, while Welfare have lost the last three outings .

Worsbrough Bridge Athletic can expect to have their 100 per cent league record at Park Road come under scrutiny when they host second in the table Louth Town. The Briggers have won all three at home where they have yet to concede a goal.

Dinnington Town should end their home woes against struggling Selby Town. Steve Toyne’s side have failed to pick up a single point in four games at Phoenix Park, while third from bottom Selby have lost five of the last six.

Rossington Main will aim to avoid a third defeat on the bounce when they take on AFC Emley at Oxford Street. Poor home form - four defeats in five - has left Main struggling in 18th place, while Emley have won three of the last four away.

Division One leaders Athersley Recreation go to Teversal hoping to extend their unbeaten away record to six games.

Askern Villa, meanwhile, face a tricky trip to Grimsby Borough.