Stocksbridge Park Steels face a tough home game with the visit of fifth-placed Marine to Bracken Moor this weekend, who have already beaten Steels twice this season in league and cup.
Boss Darren Schofield though feels his team are capable of avenging the two defeats against the Merseyside outfit: “We got rolled over 3-0 at home when we played them in the cup earlier in the season, but I felt we were unlucky not to have come away with something when we lost 2-1 at their place last month.
“It will be another tough game but the last three games as seen a big improvement from us. We are starting to play with a bit more confidence, which I thought the lads showed last week to come from 3-1 down to draw 3-3 against a very good Hednesford side and was no more than we deserved.
“We have changed things around a bit and brought in players with character and a desire to win and who want to play for the club.”
Schofield could well have a welcome headache of being able to select from a fully fit squad. “Will (Senior) picked up a little niggle last week but should be ok and Nathan Joynes trained this week and could be added to the squad,” said the Steels boss.
“Brett Lovell and Danny South are both available again after suspension so we look like having a clean bill of health for the first time this season.”
Meanwhile, a minute’s silence will be held before the game as a mark or respect for former goalkeeper and assistant manager Gary Ingham who died unexpectedly earlier this week.
Sheffield FC take on Market Drayton Town at Dronfield where they will be looking to kick start their Division One promotion challenge after taking just six points from the last 24 available.
Club were held at home to a 2-2 draw by Mickleover Sports on Tuesday and have now won just one of the last eight league outings. Manager Curtis Woodhouse aims to bring in three or four new signings hopefully in time for tomorrow’s game. “We know which areas we need strengthen,” said Woodhouse. “We are identifying the right players who will strengthen and improve the team and we have a few irons in the fire.”
Frickley Athletic go to Grantham Town hoping to halt a run of eight successive away league defeats, the worst away record in the Evo-Stik League. Grantham are 16th in the table just one place above the Blues by virtue of a better goal-difference.
Worksop Town, Matlock Town and Buxton are all in FA Trophy first round action.
The Tigers take on Kings Lynn Town at Sandy Lane, while Matlock and Buxton face away ties at Mansfield Town and Grimsby Town respectively.