Club attempt to stay at the top

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SHEFFIELD FC will look to put one of their promotion rivals, Ilkeston Town, to the sword in the battle of the top two at Dronfield.

Boss Mark Shaw, who is understood to have turned an offer to take up the vacant managerial position at Premier Division Worksop Town, leads his table toppers into the game a point clear of Ilkeston in second.

Both teams go into clash in form with Sheffield having won five and drawn one of the last six league games, whilst also boasting a 100% percent league record at home. Ilkeston have won the last three, scoring 13 goals, of which former Spurs midfielder and now Ilkeston player/coach Darren Caskey has bagged five.

Shaw’s men have their own hot-shot in the shape of the youthful Conor Higginson.

The young striker is the club’s leading scorer with seven-goals from 10 appearances.

Stocksbridge boss Gary Marrow will hope this week’s 3-1 FA Cup replay victory over Armthorpe Welfare will inspire his team to three points at Nantwich Town

Steels have won only one of 10 league outings and find themselves second-from-bottom of the Premier Division and four points from safety. Marrow has brought in Brian Cusworth to boost his teams’ firepower and the experienced striker marked his debut with a goal against Armthorpe.

Like Steels, the Cheshire outfit enjoyed midweek FA Cup success winning 2-1 at Ramsbottom United, which made it three wins on the bounce.

Frickley Athletic entertain Rushall Olympic. The Blues have bounced back from a poor start to win three of the last four games. Their boss Peter Rinkcavage believes his team are now heading in the right direction, saying: “Everyone knows we have been struggling to take our chances. So it is good to see us starting to make the most off them.”

After sacking manager Martin McIntosh this week, Worksop Town face a tough trip to third-placed Chorley.

The Tigers, one win from 10, are likely to have U19s manager Kevin Staniland and goalkeeping coach Andy Lake in charge of team affairs. It looks a tall order for struggling Worksop with Chorley having taken 10 points from the last 12 available.

Matlock Town, with just one defeat in five on the road, visit lowly Whitby Town who are without a win in five at the Turnbull Ground.

Buxton entertain Mickleover Sports where Mark Reed is expected to make his home debut.

The prolific striker hit 191 goals in 294 appearances in his first spell for the club before joining Chester.