ATHERSLEY Rec pulled well clear of the Division One relegation fight this week and now take on another side below them on Saturday.

They won 2-1 at lowly Yorkshire Amateur on Saturday. Rec are ten points and four places clear of the relegation zone, although teams have as many as five games in hand on them.

The Penguins have won their last three games.

Manager Paul Clarkson said: “A ten-point gap is good.

“We have still got a lot of games we think we can win and we’re not fearing anyone.

“When I came in earlier in the season, the club was in disarray, with no belief, and we couldn’t see where the next win was coming from.

“But now we have a lot of character and there is a good buzz about the club.

“Our average age is 21 and the future is very bright.”

Rec have seven games left, six of which are at home.

They are now due to host Armthorpe Welfare who are fifth-bottom.

Clarkson said: “Armthorpe are massively improved.

“They have spent a lot of money and have a big budget now so their squad has changed quite a lot since we last played them.

“It’s another six-pointer.”

Yorkshire Amateur led at half-time but Nathan Perks levelled on 55 minutes then Fraser Hartley won it on 62.

Clarkson said: “We dominated the first half, missed three one-on-ones but conceded against the run of play.

“We carried on in the second half but took our chances and showed a lot of character.”