SHEFFIELD FC entertain Loughborough Dynamo tomorrow at the start of a tough week for Mark Shaw’s promotion chasers.
On Tuesday Club are at home again when they take on fifth-placed Stamford before rounding off the week at Sutton Coldfield Town.
This weekend’s opponents are in the hunt for a top five place with the Leicestershire side going into the game eighth in the table six points behind the coveted top five places and a further three adrift of Sheffield in fourth.
Shaw will be looking for a response from his side following the 4-1 defeat at Ilkeston on Monday that saw Club beaten for the first time in seven away from home. Dynamo have lost just one of the last six league matches but were beaten 4-3 by Sheffield when the teams met in November.
Stocksbridge Park Steels go to Ashton United knowing that victory would haul the Mancunians back into the relegation mix. Ashton are 16th in the table and five points ahead of Steels, who occupy the last of the four relegation places with the Bracken Moor club just two points behind fifth-bottom Frickley Athletic who are in freefall. Steels boss Chris Willcock’s friendship with opposing manager Danny Johnson will be put on hold as Steels look to continue their recent improvement, which sees them unbeaten in the last three. “I’ve known Dave a while and he always likes his teams to play good football,” said Willcock. “He’s got them going again after a sticky patch. It will be difficult for us but we go their confident we can get a result. The mentality has changed in the dressing room so much now that the lads are now disappointed with a draw.” Willcock is hopeful of adding a midfielder to the squad ahead of the trip.
Frickley Athletic boss Peter Rinckavage has issued a rallying call ahead of his side’s clash against Chorley. The Blues have taken just one point from the last eight outings and have plummeted down the table. The club has cut its playing budget, but Rinkcavage said: “The club’s survival comes way above the team’s survival in the Premier Division but I believe if everyone rallies round and does whatever they can then both objectives can be achieved.”
Rinkcavage suffered another setback with experienced midfielder Alex Callery leaving the club after having his contract cancelled.
Worksop Town will bid to reach the last 16 of the FA Trophy when they take on former football league side Newport County at Sandy Lane. Simon Clark is likely to recall Steve Gardner, Jamie Jackson, Mark Hudson, James Cotterill and Ashley Burbeary.