Hallam boss Ryan Hindley believes the Sandygate Road club is all set for an exciting second half to the season.
The Countrymen slipped out of the Division One play-off places after the Boxing Day game against Worsbrough Bridge Athletic at their temporary home of Muglet Lane was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.
However, Hallam are handily placed in eighth, just four points behind Embley and Penistone Church in fifth and sixth respectively, having played fewer games.
They are undefeated away and have lost just five of their 23 games so far.
“I think we’ve only deserved to lose one game,” reflected Hindley. “That was against Yorkshire Amateur because we just didn’t turn up.
“You have to take your hat off to the lads for going 13 games unbeaten away from home, because they go out and do it on the pitch, not me. We are in a great position to mount a serious challenge for the play-offs or for second place, which i still think is available. We have all the big teams to play away which excites me and we also have a lot of big game players to come back.”
Hindley will be looking to pick up maximum points from the next two games at Rossingtonn Main this weekend then at home to Hall Road Rangers.
They have already beaten Rossington 5-1 at Sandygate and will expect to complete a league double over the Doncaster side, who have lost the last four and have won just one of the last 19.
Handsworth Parramore and Worksop Town are amongst four Premier Division clubs to have applied for promotion to Step 4 of the National Football Pyramid along with leaders Tadcaster Albion and Cleethorpes Town, who are seventh.
It looks like being an exciting second half to the campaign as the race to finish in top spot gains momentum with just six points covering the promotion rivals.
Mark Shaw’s Worksop are second, just two point behind Tadcaster. And they could have gone top on Boxing Day. However, despite twice leading through Kyle Jordan and Steve Woolley goals, wasteful finishing cost Worksop dear as Retford hit back to snatch 2-2 draw through Jason Bradley and Adam Lee. Worksop have now taken just two points from the last 12 available ahead of a tough trip to Staveley Miners Welfare.
Staveley put a dent in Handsworth Parramore’s promotion push with a 4-2 win at Sandy Lane.
It left Peter Duffield’s side fourth in the table and four points off the pace but the Ambers have a game in hand on the top two.
Handsworth’s next three games could prove pivotal. They host third-placed Barton Town OB on Saturday ahead of trips to improving Pickering Town abd promotion rivals Cleethorpes.
Parkgate are facing a battle for Premier Division survival as they occupy the second relegation slot but are just a point behind third-from-bottom Brigg Town with three games in hand.
But Steve Adams’ side have not won in the last 12 league games ahead of a must-win game against relegation rivals Armthorpe Welfare at Green Lane where three-points would take Parkgate out of of the bottom two.
AFC Emley striker Ashley Flynn is on course to break Keiron Debrouwer’s NCEL scoring record after netting his 51st goal of the season in the 1-1 draw at promotion rivals Penistone Church on Boxing Day.
Flynn is now just five goals away from the 56-goal record set by the Heanor Town striker Debrouwer two season s ago and seems certain to smash that record with Emley still having 17 league games still to play.
* Tomorrow’s fixtures - Premier Div: Athersley Rec v Brigg Town, Cleethorpes Town v Retford Utd, Clipstone v Bridlington Town, Garforth v Liversedge, Handsworth Parra v Barton OB, Nostell MW v Maltby Main, Parkgate v Armthorpe W, Pontefract Colls v Tadcaster Alb, Staveley MW v Worksop Town, Thackley v Rainworth MW.
Div One: AFC Emley v Glasshoughton W, Bottesford v Knaresborough, Dronfield Town v Hemsworth MW, Hull Utd v Winterton, Lincoln MR v Shirebrook, Penistone Church v AFC Mansfield, Rossington Mn v Hallam, Teversal v Eccleshill Utd, Westella VIP v Selby Town, Worsbrough v Hall Road ( at Maltby Main), Yorkshire Am Grimsby Borough.