After back-to back league defeats Sheffield FC will look to the FA Trophy to get them back in the winning groove when they take on Premier Division strugglers Witton Albion in the First Qualifying Round at Dronfield.
Albion arrive having lost the last 13 on the spin in all competitions and having not tasted victory since beating Barwell 2-0 at the beginning of September.
Fullback Rhema Obed is a doubt after going off with an injury in the 5-2 defeat Gresley on Tuesday. Joel Purkiss will be hoping for a recall to the starting line-up following an impressive second half showing after coming off the bench.
In other ties, Frickley Athletic host fellow Premier Division side Marine where Karl Rose side will be aiming for a first win in four. Buxton face Ashton United at the Silverlands where the Bucks are formidable opponents having lost just once in the last nine outings. Matlock Town go to Halesowen Town who recently won 4-0 in the league at Causeway Lane.
Stocksbridge Park Steels are in league action at eighth-placed Lincoln United. Manager Chris Hilton is pleased with his side. He said: “We had just the one league defeat during October so if we can repeat that in November I will be happy. We’ve had some tough games during the month so to come out of that with one defeat shows that we are making progress. We’re still a long way off where we want to be but we are heading in the right direction.”
Hilton was upset with the second half showing in the 4-1 defeat against Leek Town on Tuesday however. It came on the back of an excellent draw at high-riding Sutton Coldfield Town. “It could have been a good week” said Hilton. “We’ve conceded an equaliser in the sixth minute of stoppage time against Sutton which was disappointing, although I would have taken a point before the game.
“Against Leek, we played well in the first half and deserved to be in front and perhaps could have had more than the one goal. But we didn’t come out for the second half, Leek are a good side and they deserved the win. They are both teams I expect to be up there at the end of the season.”
Hilton admits it will be another tough test for his side at Lincoln. “We just seem to be dropping on teams that are going well at the moment and Lincoln fall into that category, you only have to look at their recent run of results, seven wins and a draw in the last eight league games says it all. We’ve sorted the goals out; we’re scoring again so if we can tighten up at the back we’ve always got a chance.”
Hilton was dealt a blow with the news that forward Korey Stewart-Dyer could be out for up to eight weeks after suffering a ligament injury.
The Steels boss was trying to bring in one or possibly two new players ahead of the trip to Lincoln.
FA Trophy First Qualifying Round: Buxton v Ashton United, Frickley Athletic v Marine, Halesowen Town v Matlock Town, Sheffield FC v Witton Albion.
Division One South: Lincoln United v Stocksbridge Park Steels.