Eight wins the challenge for Hallam

The challenge is clear ... it’s wins all the way for Hallam men’s first team.

They currently sit second in the Men’s North Conference but such is the battle for supremacy at the top that the Abberydale side know they may well have to take maximum points from their eight remaining matches if they’re to clinch the title and the one promotion play-off spot.

It could all come down to their home match against current leaders Brooklands MU in the penultimate match of the season on March 17.

Hallam look to get back into National League action on Sunday, after, ironically the mid-winter break, with an away trip to six-placed Olton and West Warwicks.

The second team are also in second place in North Division One, but unlike the first team they’re one of six clubs separated by only four points although, along with leaders Alderley Edge, they do have a game in hand over third-placed Leeds.

They entertain relegation-threatened City of Manchester on Saturday.

Hallam’s third team are sitting pretty at the top of the Yorkshire League five points clear of Leeds Seconds, having secured 12 wins out of 15. Saturday’s trip to fourth place Brigg could be a testing one but they’re on course to win their first ever county title.

The second-placed Fourths can catch Division One leaders Bradford if they win their two matches in hand and then it would be down to goal difference for the title. This weekend they have a home double-header against Huddersfield Dragons 2s on Saturday and third place side Leeds University 3s on Sunday.

Meanwhile pride and passion will be the key ingredients for Sheffield Hallam Women’s first team on Saturday.

With all hopes of promotion gone and the threat of relegation a non-starter, they could still claim a top three finish if results go their way and they perform as they can, starting with Saturday’s home clash against Bolton (1.30pm).

The Seconds and Thirds will hope that the frozen pitches of last week do not freeze their recent mini-revivals when both teams won two games on the trot - the third team’s double their first wins of the season.

It’s going to be a tough ask for the second team as they play a rearranged game against Yorkshire Premier Division leaders Halifax although they did gain a point in a 3-3 draw at Abbeydale earlier in the season. The task is equally tough for the Thirds as they face Division Two second-place side Dewsbury.

The fourth team entertain Leeds University 5s (4.30pm) on Saturday looking for lift themselves out of the second relegation spot in Division Five. Hallam return to the Mixed hockey arena on Sunday when they host Stockport Bramhall in the EHB Trophy first round.