Alliance League: How things stand at half-way stage of season

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Unbeaten leaders Canal Tavern look to be the team to beat in the Doncaster Sunday Alliance League Premier Division, starting the second half of the season six points clear of the field.

But with the three teams immediately below them all having games in hand, the Thorne side cannot afford to relax.

They face what could be a tricky start to the new year with a home game against seventh-placed Rhino’s.

The visitors have played fewer games than any other team in the division and should they turn their games in hand into wins they would be snapping at the heels of second-placed Bentley Top Cub.

They face a tough-looking clash at Athletico Tap Maker, one of three teams just a point behind third-placed FC Glasshouse who will be looking to close the five-point gap on Top Club if they fail to beat their Balby hosts with victory at lowly Toll Bar.

Defending champions Sprotbrough, without a game this weekend, are likely to lose fourth spot but remain a threat.

Lonsdale FC start 2015 in pole position in the Championship but it is by no means certain that they will end the campaign there given that two of their closest rivals – Bullcroft S&P and Armthorpe Albion – both have four games in hand.

The same situation applies to Walton Wonderers, two points adrift of top spot but only two points clear of Bullcroft.

All is still not lost for bottom club Newton Arms, despite losing 13 of their 14 games, but they cannot allow their situation to get much worse if they hope to stay up.

Victory at second-bottom Rosehill Press this weekend would give the Sprotbrough side a huge boost.

League One leaders Winning Post, beaten just once to date, resume their campaign at bottom club Leopard, yet to taste victory in the league this season.

Bessacarr, six points behind, head the chasing group but it could be third-placed The Askern, a further point adrift, who could prove to be the bigger threat given their two games in hand.

Second-placed Legion Park Rangers, who boast ten wins from as many starts, will fancy their chances of pipping current leaders Jakes Bar Rangers for the Division Two title.

But they will not be underestimating the challenge of fourth-placed Ryecroft Rovers who boast nine wins out of nine.

Their two clashes in the second half of the season – the first being on Sunday week – will go a long way to deciding the honours.

Jakes Bar Rangers know that anything but a win over Scawthorpe is likely to cost them top spot.

Balby Athletic are nine points adrift of leaders Fairway Athletic, but the fourth-placed club could have a big say in the destination of the Division Three title given they have four games in hand.

White Hart (Askern) are also in the frame.