It’s now three wins on the spin, and four in the last five, for resurgent Hallam as Ryan Hindley’s in-form team completed a league double over Clipstone by beating the title hopefuls 2-1 in their own backyard.
Hindley had started the season as a player at Clipstone before taking the reins at Sandygate Road.
And although the Hallam boss would love to see his former club win promotion, it was all about getting a job done for his current club.
The home side hit the woodwork in the first half as they put Hindley’s men under pressure.
But Hallam coped well with everything the hosts threw at them before taking the lead just two minutes into the second half.
Jake Wright’s run into the area finished with the on-loan striker being brought down and, from the resultant penalty, Steve Brammer stroked the Countrymen in front.
Clipstone responded with a 69th minute leveller. When a corner was only half cleared to the edge of the area, former Hallam forward Jamie Smith despatched a fine volley into the top corner.
Hindley’s side were not to be denied and grabbed the winner with 14 minutes remaining, after a fine move. James Reed picked out Brammer on the left and the midfielder cut inside before finding Jake Wright just inside the box.
His first touch was of the highest quality, and the finish brought him his fifth goal in three games.
In the Premier Division, Handsworth Parramore and title chasing Shaw Lane Aquaforce had to settle for a point each after a 2-2 draw.
The visitors took a seventh minute lead through a Shane Kelsey penalty but after both Nathan Joynes and Sam Smith had hit the crossbar, the Ambers finally drew level just past the half hour mark when Smith nodded in from a Simon Harrison cross.
Joynes then made it 2-1, heading in from a Danny Buttle cross seven minutes from the break, to turn the game on its head. Handsworth, though, couldn’t hold on and with 19 minutes remaining Shaw Lane grabbed the equaliser when Matt Thornhill tapped in a cross at the far post.
Staveley Miners Welfare climbed to third with a magnificent 10th straight league victory, brushing aside struggling Redford United 5-0 at Inkersall Road.
Jamal Smith gave the Miners a fifth minute lead with Damian Magee doubling the advantage nine minutes from the interval.
Jack Poulton rifled home the third just past the hour mark to put the game out of the Badgers’ reach, before Smith’s second and Ryan Watters added the gloss late on.
There was no Christmas cheer for Parkgate as they slumped to a fifth defeat on the trot in all competitions, losing 3-0 at Pickering Town, while a depleted Armthorpe Welfare, who could only name a bare eleven, lost out 3-0 at home against Albion Sports.
Two late goals saw Maltby Main beaten 4-2 at home against an in-form Bridlington Town. Reece Wesley gave the Miners a 12 minute lead but the Seasiders hit back to lead 2-1 just past the hour mark.
Maltby looked to have rescued a point when Sam Forster raced through to slip the ball under the keeper, only for Bridlington to snatch the win with two goals inside the last three minutes.
Dronfield Town boosted their Division One survival hopes after climbing out of the bottom two with an emphatic 6-2 win at rock bottom Grimsby Borough.
Goals from Mark Fereday, on his return to the club, Sam Bebbingham and Nick Mullgrew saw Town 3-0 to the good at the break.
Jack Hague stretched the lead further before Grimsby pulled two back and briefly threaten an unlikely comeback. However, a Nick Horsfield penalty ended the home side’s hopes before Fereday put the icing on the cake with a late sixth.
Penistone Church slipped to a third defeat in the last four with a 2-0 home reversal against Hall Road Rangers, while Rossington Main’s poor run continued after a 3-0 defeat at Louth Town left them with just four points to show from the last nine outings.
AFC Emley remain top despite slipping to a 3-1 home defeat against Yorkshire Amateur, after Jordan Townsend neat lob had given the hosts 16th minute lead .
Shortly before, Max Leonard had missed a penalty on his return to the club.