Improving Steels seek treble over top sides

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Stocksbridge Park Steels travel to high-riding Kendall Town in search of valuable league points boosted by a 3-2 League Cup win over North Ferriby United this week.

It means Steels have won the last two outings, both against teams in the top four, which will further serve to strengthen the Bracken Moor clubs belief that they can avoid the drop.

Stocksbridge could have dropped into the bottom four in midweek had either relegation rivals Frickley Athletic or Whitby Town taken the three points from their clash at Westfield Lane. But a goalless draw was the perfect result for Gary Marrow’s men as it left Steels a point clear of the drop zone and with a far better goal difference.

It looks to be a tough ask for Stocksbridge with Kendal in such good form. The Cumbrians have won five of the last six league outings including the last three at home, although they only just recorded a 5-4 victory over next to bottom Ossett Town on Tuesday.

Frickley boss Peter Rinkcavage knows his side face a tough test at fellow strugglers Ossett Town after seeing two precious points slip away against Whitby on Tuesday. The Blues have won only one of the last six and are third from bottom. Ossett, who pulled off a shock 4-1 win at Worksop a week ago, have brought in six new signings over the past fortnight to aid their relegation battle.

Worksop Town face a crunch trip to second-placed Colywn Bay as they look to climb back into the play-off places. The Tigers have slipped to seventh after losing three of their last four league outings. The Welshmen’s form too has been a little patchy of late with two defeats and two wins from the last four.

Matlock Town should pick up three points from their trip to bottom of the table Retford United, who have managed just two points from the last 39 on offer. The Gladiators have managed to hold on to third spot despite losing the last three league outings. But Mark Atkins side bounced back to form with a 3-0 league cup triumph over Barwell in midweek.

Buxton return to league action for the first time since thumping Retford 7-0 at the Sliverlands a month ago when they take on mid-table Ashton United at home.

In Division One South. Sheffield FC face a tough test away at promotion hopefuls Goole AFC, which will see Club renew acquaintances with former striker Vill Powell, defender Karl Colley and goalkeeper Leigh Walker.

Club are looking to avoid a third defeat on the trot against seventh-placed Goole side unbeaten in the last five outings in all competitions.