Marrow squashes rumours as he prepares for ban

Up and at 'em:  Stocksbridge Park Steels prepare for Mancunian invasion in the hills above north Sheffield.           Picture: Harry Atkinson
Up and at 'em: Stocksbridge Park Steels prepare for Mancunian invasion in the hills above north Sheffield. Picture: Harry Atkinson
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STOCKSBRIDGE boss Gary Marrow is handing over the reins - but only for the next four matches.

The Star reported yesterday how Steels’ Supporters club had issued a statement denying reports Marrow had quit.

It is known the manager was furious after the home tie with Ossett recently, when the side threw away a two goal lead.

A source said: “His attitude is that people are going to go if forwards and defenders keep costing them games - but it won’t be him. that leaves”

However, Marrow will begin a four-match touchline ban on Monday over abusive remarks to an official.

Marrow will be in charge tomorrow when Steels hope to put behind them the disappointment of crashing out of the FA Trophy 3-2 to lower league opponents Ossett Town. They host FC United of Manchester. It will be a tough test for next-to bottom Steels against a United side that are the Division’s second highest scorers and will enjoy the backing of their large, vocal following.

Keeping a clean sheet has been a problem for Stocksbridge, with just one shutout in 22 outings. Marrow is hoping the big crowd will help lift his team against a United side whose attacking style of football means they also concede their fair share of goals; FC have the worse defensive record of the teams in the top eight.

Worksop Town go to 11th placed Stafford Rangers hoping the revival under new boss Simon Clark continues. The Tigers have taken maximum points from three league games since Clark took over at the beginning of the month, which has seen Worksop climb to 14th in the table. Three-points against a Stafford side that has won just once in seven outings at home would see Clark’s men leapfrog their hosts.

Frickley Athletic face a big test of character at second-placed Chester. Peter Rinkcavage’s men have lost the last four on the spin in league and cup which has seen the South Elmsall side go out of both the FA Trophy and FA Cup as well as slipping too within two points of the bottom four.

Injury hit Matlock Town go to leaders Northwich Victoria where Mark Akins could be missing a complete back four.

Right back Micky Harcourt is serving a one match ban, while left back Lee Featherstone is doubtful after picking up a groin injury in the FA Trophy win over Stamford last weekend.

Captain James Lukic is struggling with a knee ligament injury and is set to miss out again with Simon Sturdy already ruled out.

Buxton host bottom of the table Burscough hoping to put some daylight between themselves and the bottom four.

The Bucks are without a league win in four and are just a point clear of the drop zone after what has been a disappointing start to the season after narrowly missing out on the play-offs last term.

Sheffield FC head for Shepshed Dynamo looking to hold on to the their lead at the top of Division One South and bounce back from a 3-2 home defeat against Lincoln United on Tuesday. It left Club a point clear of second-placed Ilkeston after missing out on the opportunity to extend their lead at the top after using up their game in hand.

Mark Shaw’s men have won the last four away and should extended that sequence against a Shepshed side second from bottom and without a win in the last six.