BOTH Stocksbridge Park Steels and Sheffield FC are likely to hand debuts to new strikers as Steels look to pull away from the Premier Division drop zone, whilst Club aim to step-up the promotion push from Division One South.
Sheffield boss Mark Shaw is expected to plunge Jason Bradley into the starting line up for the visit of Shepshed Dynamo after the 6’3 former Owls forward joined Club from Blue Square North Eastwood Town. Sheffield go into the game fourth in the table, 10 points adrift of leaders Carlton Town but more importantly with a five point cushion over Hucknall Town, the team just outside the top five with Club also having two games in hand.
Although Shaw won’t give up on the title until it is mathematically out of reach a play off place does now look the most likely route to promotion.
Stocksbridge Park Steels boss Chris Willcock looks likely to give Dale Kelly his debut as Steels look to extend their unbeaten home league run to nine games against Nantwich Town. Willcock landed the highly rated Kelly from Ossett Albion beating two Conference North clubs to the striker’s signature after Brian Cusworth left for former club Parkgate.
Steels’ Premier Division survival bid received a boost when relegation rivals Mickleover Sports learned they are to be docked three-points after being found guilty by the FA of playing a player while under suspension in a 4-0 win over Bradford Park Avenue in October.
The end result is that it now leaves Steels three points clear of Mickleover in the last of the relegation places. Nantwich are down in mid-table and without a win in the last five as Steels plot to avenge a narrow 1-0 defeat at the Weaver Stadium back in September.
Elsewhere, Worksop Town go in search of their first win of 2012 against promotion chasing Chorley at Sandy Lane. The Tigers have taken just one point from nine so their play-off hopes have now gone.
Frickley Athletic go to Rushall Olympic looking to extend their unbeaten league run to four games. Five points from the last nine on offer have seen Frickley edge four points clear of the drop zone and Peter Rinkcavage’s men will also benefit from Mickleover’s points deduction.
Former Rotherham United player Martin McIntosh takes charge of strugglers Buxton for the first time for the crunch relegation game at Mickleover Sports after being appointed to the Silverlands hot seat at the beginning of the week.
Matlock Town entertain next to bottom Whitby Town.