Athersley Rec gained a vital win on Saturday which increased the gap between them and the NCEL Division One relegation zone.

They ended a run of five straight defeats with a 2-1 win at Dronfield Town.

After James Woodhouse’s opener was cancelled out, Jack Briscoe netted a late winner.

Rec are five points clear of the relegation zone in 18th, with 26 points from 35 games, and eight to play.

Manager Paul Clarkson said: “It was a big win and well-deserved. We played some of the best football we’ve played all season in the first half and completely dominated it.

“They changed in second half and got at us then scored a deserved equaliser. But we freshened it up and got the winner.

“We’ve been through a tough run, playing bigger clubs. It could have undone a lot of hard work but we’ve shown strength in character.

“We think another three wins will keep us up but we’d like more than that and we’re looking up the table not down.

“We have teams around us to play still. We don’t think we’ve in a bad place.”

Wombwell Town suffered a damaging blow to their play-off chances as they lost 3-2 at mid-table Louth Town on Saturday.

The hosts were 3-0 up after half an hour then Eddie Agnew and Kane Reece replied early in the second half.

Town are sixth in the table, one place and three points off the play-off places with 12 games left.

Worsbrough Bridge had lost 3-1 at leaders Wakefield on Saturday.

Nathan Moss opened the scoring for the visitors but Wakefield netted after 65, 80 and 88 minutes.

They are 16th with 39 points from 29 games.