NCEL: Rossington Main in two-way survival battle
Rossington Main suffered a sixth defeat in the last seven with a narrow 2-1 home reverse against Dronfield Town in NCEL Division One.
With relegation rivals Hall Road Rangers, Grimsby Borough and Winterton Rangers all picking up points, it now looks like a two-way race between Rossington and Worsbrough Bridge Athletic to avoid the second relegation spot.
Bottom of the table Lincoln Moorlands Railways’ 6-0 loss against Winterton confirmed they will finish at the bottom of the pile.
All the goals against Dronfield came in a hectic last couple of minutes.
Sam Bebbington fired Town into an 89th minute lead.
Blake Owen doubled the advantage from the penalty spot a minute later.
Main pulled one back in time added on through Jack Johnson but it proved too little too late.
Rossington’s saviour could be their seven-point cushion over Worsbrough, who despite having games in hand are in dreadful form which has seen them suffer 12 defeats in a win-less 14-match run.
Lee Holmes’ side face a daunting trip to champions elect Hemsworth MW this weekend.
The hosts will be looking to bounce back from a rare defeat last weekend when beaten 3-0 at promotion chasing AFC Emley.
n Despite taking their good run of form to just one defeat in the last 13 league outings, Maltby Main will feel a little disappointed to have been held to home draws against teams at the bottom end of the table.
The Miners had to settle for a point from a goalless midweek stalemate against relegation battling Brigg Town.
Last weekend ten man Maltby were thankful to a stoppage time equaliser from Steve Hopewell which earned a point from a 2-2 draw against next to bottom Liversedge.
On Saturday Maltby make their first league trip to the Worksop Van Hire Stadium where they take on promoted Clipstone, who came into the top flight as Division One champions.
The hosts have adapted well to life in the Premier Division which sees them eighth in the table.
They drew 3-3 at Muglet Lane in October after the Miners had led 3-1 at the interval.