Cup-happy Stocksbridge seek vital league win

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After the acclaimed FA Cup victory over Blue Square North Colwyn Bay last weekend, it’s back to search for vital league points for Stocksbridge Park Steels as they face a bottom of the table clash at home to Burscough.

The visitors are bottom, two points behind Steels. Gary Marrow’s side need all-three points, but Burscough will be no pushovers, as they showed last weekend when they were pipped 2-1 at leaders Chorley with the winner deep into stoppage time.

Marrow said; “That result proved that this is a much tougher division than last season, there are no easy points.

“We will need to show the same level of performance and commitment that we did against Colwyn Bay if we are going to win, if not we will get punished.”

Stocksbridge could have Richard Stirrup, Anthony Tansley and Chris Glarvey available after missing the cup tie through injury.

Frickley Athletic go to fourth-placed Hednesford Town boosted by their 2-1 FA Cup replay victory at Blues Square North Harrogate Town where Stuart Ludlam headed the late winner.

Hednesford are unbeaten in six at home but the Blues have been in good form with seven points from the last nine.

Worksop Town’s new manager Simon Clark will be introduced to the crowd ahead of the Tigers home clash against Nantwich Town. Clark was appointed Martin McIntosh’s successor at the beginning of the week after resigningas manager of Division One South side Stamford.

It promises to be a stern test for third-bottom Worksop against a Nantwich side that has won the last four away in all competitions.

Matlock Town take on table topping Chorley at Causeway Lane where Mark Atkins’ side will be looking to bounce back from their FA Cup exit. The Gladiators have been in good form in the league at the Reynolds Stadium where they have lost only one from six.

Buxton go to Kendal Town in search of a third away win in four. The Bucks have won four and lost eight of their 12 outings and are the only team in the Premier Division yet to draw. Kendal have lost only one in six at Parkside road.

Sheffield FC are in FA Trophy action and face Evo-Stik League One North side Warrington Town at Dronfield in the preliminary round.

Mark Shaw’s team are in cracking form with their midweek 2-0 success over Rainworth being their sixth win in the last seven.

It will be the second time in three-years the two sides have met in the completion with Warrington running out 5-2 winners at Cantilever Park 2009/10 season.

However, Club will start clear favourites to progress this time around and pick up a prize cheque of £2,000 along the way.