Sheffield FC will look to get back in the winning groove when they take on Division One rivals Romulus in the second qualifying round of the FA Trophy tomorrow.
Mark Shaw’s men slipped to a 2-1 defeat at Newcastle Town on Tuesday to leave Club without a win in the last three matches.
Shaw could be boosted by the return of striker Conor Higginson, who has missed the last five games with a hamstring knock. New signing Nathan Modest may make his debut after joining from Sheffield Wednesday 10 days ago. The striker has been on the sidelines with a hamstring problem.
Romulus last visit to the BT Local Business Stadium saw them triumph 3-1 in the final home game of last season on the day Shaw was unveiled as Sheffield’s new manager
Worksop Town go to Evo-Stik Division One North strugglers Radcliffe Borough where the Tigers will be hot favourites to reach the third qualifying round.
The Tigers boss Simon Clark has just been named the Premier Division’s manager of the month for October following a run of four’s wins and two draws since taking charge at Sandy Lane.
Matlock Town face a tough away tie at Premier Division Hednesford Town. The Pitmen’s only home defeat this season came in a 4-2 FA Cup reversal against Corby Town.
Buxton too face what is sure to be a difficult away tie at Evo-Stik Premier Division leaders Northwich Victoria. The Bucks only loss in the last six outings came in a narrow 1-0 defeat at Marine last month but they have drawn four of those, the latest being a 1-1 stalemate at Frickley earlier in the week. Northwich, who won 3-2 at the Silverlands in August, will be looking to bounce back from a 3-2 defeat at Nantwich at the beginning of the week.
In the Premier Division, Stocksbridge Park Steels will go in search of some vital league points at fifth-placed Bradford Park Avenue. The hosts came from two goals down to snatch a 2-2 draw at Bracken Moor in late September and boss Garry Marrow is expecting another tough game in the reverse fixture at the Horsfall Stadium.
“It’s never easy going to Bradford but if we can show the same desire and commitment that we did against FC United last weekend then we have a good chance of getting something,” said Marrow.