Hawes setback as Steels battle to be drop

Stocksbridge Park Steels will hope to climb out of the bottom four and end a run of three successive defeats at 11th-placed Burscough tomorrow.

However, boss Gary Marrow knows that will be far easier said than done. "It will be very difficult; not many teams go to Burscough and win," said Marrow.

Steels dropped into the relegation zone following the 4-3 defeat at Nantwich Town a week ago and the Steels boss said: "We are certainly in a relegation scrap at the moment but I believe we have got what it takes to get out of it.

"I think the current bottom two will go down so we have got to make sure we don't finish in the next two places; as things stand it likes like being any two from six."

Just five points blankets Stocksbridge in 20th and FA United of Manchester in 14th and a win for the Bracken Moor club could see them climb out of the bottom four

Marrow will be without the experienced Steve Hawes who is out with a calf injury, while midfielders Richard Stirrup, Alex Callery and defender Richard High are doubtful.

Worksop Town manager Martin McIntosh is certain to make changes for the tricky away test at Kendal Town. The Tigers boss rested five players, including goalkeeper Jon Kennedy, for the League Cup tie at Hucknall earlier in midweek that saw Worksop beaten 2-0.

But McIntosh will revert to his strongest line-up as The Tiger look to climb back into a promotion place after slipping out of the top five following a 1-0 defeat at Matlock.

Frickley Athletic face a daunting trip to leaders and title favourites FC Halifax Town. The Blues, beaten 4-0 at North Ferriby United in midweek, have dropped back into the bottom four after just one win in the last six, while Halifax stretched their lead at the top to nine points after thrashing Ossett Town 8-1.

Promotion-chasing Matlock Town will aim to bounce back from a 2-1 defeat at Chasetown when they take on Marine at Causeway Lane.

Three points would lift the Gladiators to second if Colwyn Bay fail to win at lowly Ossett Town.

The Silverlands is the setting for a promotion encounter as Buxton host North Ferriby United. Victory for the Bucks would see them leapfrog their visitors.

Retford are 11 points adrift at the foot of the table and 15 from safety, and it seems the remainder of the season is all about pride.

Wth Ashton United the visitors to Cannon Park, the Badgers could well pick up their first win in 14 games.

In Division One South, Sheffield FC travel to a rejuvenated Quorn side aiming to stretch their undefeated run to four games after coming through a sticky patch that saw them fail to win any of the previous six. Club will be hoping to get back on track after defeats against Rainworth and then Durham City in the League Cup over the past week.

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