BARNSLEY FC are currently in the League One play-off places while the next two highest-placed clubs in the town are also in the race for play-offs in their leagues.

Penistone Church and Wombwell Town are both in contention for promotion going into the final three months of the season.

Penistone won 1-0 at home to Handsworth in the NCEL Premier Division.

Church have 40 points from 24 games which leaves them sixth, outside the play-off places on goal difference. They have won five out of six with a draw.

Nathan Keightley got the winner midway through the second half.

Church now face Knaresborough Town who are eighth.

Coach John Whitehead said: “It was great to get another win.

“The game was a good old Yorkshire derby with some quality football on show and, at times, some physicality.

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“It wasn’t just the 11 that won the game, it was the squad itself and our main squad of about 20 players that has managed to get eight wins in the last ten games.

“We can’t take all the credit as a management team, the lads deserve that and we’re really proud of them.

“They work hard for each other, they’re such a good group who are proud to be a part of the club.”

Meanwhile, Wombwell Town moved back into the Division One play-off places with a 7-0 win at Glasshoughton.

Town are fifth – the final play-off place – with 54 points from 25 games. They have won their last four league games.

There were two goals each for Eddie Agnew, Jordan Kershaw and Brad Kerr with Louis Wardle also on target.

Town manager Karl Rose said: “It’s a brilliant win. It’s come off the back of getting players back from injuries.

“We have looked a lot more solid, played some great football and started to put the ball in the back of the net a lot more. We’ve had disruptions with games off and injuries. Results didn’t go our way and took it on the chin.

“But now we’re putting some decent results together at a good time.

“We’re more than halfway through so it’s almost on countdown to the end of the season, but we just need to keep looking at the next game. The top six have broken away and it’s a ten-point gap. Parkgate are eight points clear in first place with a game in hand and they’re not really slipping up.

“But we’ll just keep going and see where we end up.

“Our aim for the season was mid-table and we’ve surpassed that so everything else is a bonus.

“We have got the bottom two next then Worsbrough Bridge at the end of the month which will be a great game.

“We’re not taking anything for granted but we are targeting another three wins this month.”

Athersley Rec gained a creditable 0-0 draw against high-flying Shirebrook Town on Saturday.

They then saw their game at home to Horbury called off on Tuesday.

Athersley are now due to visit another promotion-chaser in Retford United on Saturday then go to fourth-bottom Armthorpe on Tuesday in a crucial game.

Worsbrough Bridge’s game at home to lowly Swallownest was called off as their pitch had not recovered from flooding earlier in the month.

Bridge are now 16th with 33 points from 26 games.

They are 16 points clear of the relegation zone and 21 off the top five.