Steelmen seek league revival

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PARKGATE return to league action after their FA Vase exploits with the visit of strugglers Selby Town to the Roundwood ground.

The Steelmen came from two goals down to beat highly rated Bedlington Terriers 4-3 to reach the third round and a tie at Northern League outfit Dunston UTS a week tomorrow.

However, boss Doug Shelley will not allow the cup run to distract from picking up three points against Selby as Parkgate look to stay in touch with the leading pack.

The Steelmen go into the game seventh in the Premier Division table, seven points behind leaders Bridlington Town with a game to spare. The odds are heavily stacked in Parkgate’s favour with Selby having managed just one win in eight away.

Staveley Miners Welfare go to leaders Bridlington Town in what is the proverbial six-pointer. The Miners missed out on the chance of going second after being held 0-0 by Brighouse at Inkerall Road on Wednesday. Nevertheless Billy Fox’s men will go level on points with the Seadsiders if they can come away with all the points from the Queensgate Stadium.

Armthorpe Welfare can expect their biggest attendance of the season for the visit of promotion chasing Scarborough Athletic. The visitors have lost only once in nine away games but will find Armthorpe a tough nut to crack at Church Street where Des Bennett’s side will be aiming for a sixth home success on the spin.

It’s difficult to see Maltby Main coming away with anything from a trip to high-riding Tadcaster Albion. The Miners, bottom of the table, have failed to win in 10 away from home, while fifth-placed Tadcaster have won five out of six at Ings Lane.

Championship chasing Retford United should bounce back from their first away defeat of the season, 2-0 at Thackley, with a win at Nostell MW who have lost the last three at home.

Worsbrough Bridge Athletic will look to add to AFC Emley’s recent woes by taking the spoils in the local derby at Park Road. The Briggers are undefeated in the last six which has seen them climb to seventh in Division One. But Emley have suffered a miserable November taking just one point from four outings.

Despite taking just one point from the least three games, Rossington Main are still in a position to gatecrash the top six should they take all three points from the visit of in-form Louth Town, who are unbeaten in five.

Dinnington Town take on a Grimsby Borough side, 17th in the table, and just one place and one point ahead of Steve Toyne’s men while Askern Villa face Eccleshill United.