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Forensic preview ahead of Dronfield derby clash with Hallam

Another bumper crowd is almost guaranteed at Sandygate tomorrow as Chris Millington takes his eighth-placed Dronfield Town the ten or so miles to tackle Hallam, who are in the middle of a really impressive run in Toolstation NCEL Division One and sit fifth in the table, just four points away from leaders, Campion.

Chris has always felt that December was going to be a difficult month for his players, but so far, so good in what has been another tremendous campaign at Stonelow Road – although he believes that tomorrows hosts are the team to beat in the competition, writes Colin Muncie.

“It doesn’t get any easier for us this month as we travel to Hallam on Saturday,” Chris admitted. “At the minute they are the best team in this League and I think whoever finishes above them this season will win it. Steve, Bamf and Scott have built a really competitive team that have not lost in 13 games.”

Chris is rightly content with his own squad at this point of the season. “From our point of view, we set a point target at the start of December which we look on track to achieve – so we can go in to the game with the pressure off a little. However, we have set standards recently in the last two weeks that we need to ensure that we stick to – and the lads will be up for this with it being a local-ish derby.”

Hallam Joint Manager, Stephen Whitehead is well aware of the recent form guide between the sides. “It’s a tough game for us on Saturday as Dronfield are in great form at the minute and always play well when they’re up against us. We trained well again in midweek and are on a great run ourselves so it should make for a great advertisement for our Division. It’s been nearly a month since we’ve had a home fixture so let’s hope we get a few through the gate to get behind the lads – and hopefully we get the three points.”

Joint Manager, Scott Bates anticipates a terrific watch in S10. “It’s a great game to be involved in, with two teams in good form,” he acknowledged. “Our lads know what we require, so it’s got the makings of a good game.”

Assistant Manager, Dean Bamforth remembers the reverse encounter at the H E Barnes Stadium only too well. “It’s two form teams going head to head, so it should be a cracker,” Dean assessed. “Looking back to the early season fixture, we were great for 45 minutes – and then fell apart; credit to Dronfield for that.”

“Hopefully things will be different on Saturday.”

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