Club bid to stay in honours hunt

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Sheffield FC travel to Leek Town tomorrow for what has now become a crunch game in their bid to secure a place in the end of season play-offs.

Mark Shaw’s side are without a league win in six which has left them in the last of the four play-off places with the chasing pack closing in.

One of those is Leek with the Staffordshire going into the game in eighth just five points behind Club with three games in hand. Indeed defeat for Sheffield could see them slip out of the play-off places if Loughborough Dynamo beat fellow promotion rivals Sutton Coldfield Town at home.

The Dronfield side have not tasted victory since winning 3-2 at Hucknall Town in January and have since taken four points from 18.

However, Shaw will be encouraged by his sides second half performance at Lincoln United on Tuesday when they came back from going two goals down to earn a 2-2 draw with goals from Nathan Modest and Conor Higginson. Club would have taken all three points had it not been for a tremendous save in the last minute to deny Dan Williams with a header.

Leek’s form has been mixed of late with away wins at Lincoln and Ilkeston. But their last game at Harrison Park brought a 3-0 defeat against Belper Town and at the end of January they were thumped 7-1 at Carlton Town.

Sheffield enjoyed a rather comfortable 4-2 win when the sides last met at Dronfield in November and any repeat of that scoreline would do very nicely for the men from S18.

In the Premier Division, Frickley Athletic look to make it six league games without defeat when they entertain runaway leaders Chester FC

Despite their fine run Frickley remain just six points above the drop zone in 16th having played more games than the teams below them.

But Athletic boss Peter Rinckavage says his side are looking forward to the challenge. “People will probably expect us to lose. We will enjoy the occasion and try to pull off another upset.”

Frickley are one of only a handful of teams to have come away from Chester with any points having drawn the reverse fixture 2-2 in October.

Although Worksop Town’s season is fizzling out in mid-table they can still have a say in events at both ends of the table.

Tomorrow Simon Clark’s men entertain Northwich Victoria who arrive second in the table and still with hopes of overhauling leaders Chester. The Vics have won 10 games out of 14 on the road, whilst the Tigers have managed just one win from eight since the turn of the year.

Buxton travel to Burscough in what is the battle of the Premier Division Divisions bottom two.