Double chance for Steels to lift the gloom

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Managerless Stocksbridge Park Steels entertain Rushall Olympic in a must win match for the Premier Division strugglers.

Steels are in the bottom four and seven points from safety with just two wins from their opening 18. But with games against Rushall tomorrow, who have won just once in eight away, and at next to bottom Whitby Town on Wednesday, Stocksbridge have the ideal opportunity to give their fight against the drop a massive boost.

The club have drawn up a shortlist for the vacant post but it is understood that Chris Dolby, the favourite to replace Gary Marrow, has pulled out due to work commitments.

Former Stocksbridge goalkeeper and Belper Town manager Andy Carney is thought to be a front runner, while caretaker boss Darren Schofield is believed to want the job.

Sheffield FC boss Mark Shaw is urging more people to come along and watch his promotion chasing side ahead of tomorrow’s home clash against Leek Town.

Club are second in Division One South, two points behind leaders Ilkeston after wins over Loughborough and Kidsgrove over the past week. Shaw said: “These are lads we’ve picked up from academies of Sheffield Wednesday, United and Rotherham and play good football. We are definitely worth watching.”

Sheffield have won the last four outings, while Leek have lost just once in seven away.

Rejuvenated Worksop Town will have their 12-match unbeaten run put to the test when they take on FC United of Manchester at Sandy Lane.

The visitors will be looking to extend their undefeated run to six games but the Tigers are playing with confidence. Boss Simon Clark, who is sure to ring the changes following the 2-0 Sheffield Senior Cup victory over South Kirkby on Wednesday when Worksop rested all but four players from the first team squad.

On-form Frickley Athletic travel to promotion hopefuls Marine where boss Peter Rinckavage is likely to recall Peter Knox, Ryan Mallon, Stuart Ludlam and goalkeeper Stephen Dickinson to the starting line after being rested for midweek 4-2 league cup victory over Garforth Town.

Buxton player-coach Scott Maxfield has been appointed caretaker manager of the Silverlands club and will be in charge starting with tomorrow’s home clash against Chasetown following the departure of manager John Reed by mutual consent.

Matlock Town face a tough challenge at title favourites Chester FC. But Town are unbeaten in seven including a 0-0 draw at leaders Northwich.