Sheffield aim for third straight home win

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Sheffield FC hope to preserve their 100 percent home record when they take on Carlton Town at Dronfield.

It’s the first of two games over the Bank Holiday, which sees Club at Goole AFC on Monday afternoon.

Mark Shaw’s men clinched a second successive home win by beating Grantham Town 2-0 on Tuesday to follow the opening day victory over Sutton Coldfield Town. And Shaw will be eager for his side to continue the good work that earned them all three points against the Gingerbreads in midweek as they go in search of a victory that could see them climb into the top six of the Evo-Stik Division One South.

However, Sheffield will need to be at their best to overcome Carlton - they become a bogey side in recent seasons.

The visitors have also made a good start to the campaign having won three from the opening four games, which sees them fourth in the table, though they are a mere three-points above 10th placed Sheffield.

Stocksbridge Park Steels want to pick up their first away point of the season when they visit well-supported Chester, who were watched by a crowd of 3,219 in Wednesday’s 2-1 home win over FC United of Manchester.

Steels boss Gary Marrow said; “It will be a very tough game. Chester are a massive club that have signed a lot of players over the summer and are amongst the favourites for the league title, but wouldn’t it be nice to go there and win?”

Steels have picked up four points from their four league outings. But have lost both their away games at Marine on the opening day then 2-1 at North Ferriby earlier in the week after letting slip a first half lead.

Frickley Athletic entertain Nantwich Town looking for a first win in four games ahead of Monday’s trip to Whitby Town. The Blues will be hoping to bounce back from a mid-week 2-0 home defeat to Matlock Town, a game in which they had central defender Michael Simpkins sent off for a second yellow card.

Boss Peter Rinkcavage will hope to have Jack Watts back from injury which forced the striker to miss Tuesday’s game. Nantwich got off the mark by picking up their first point of the season in a 4-4 draw at Chasetown earlier in the week.

Worksop Town boss Martin McIntosh will be hoping to have his sides’ injury crisis will have eased for the trip to Ashton United.

McIntosh was without seven first team regulars at Bradford on Monday where the Tigers were defeated 1-0. However, strikers Adam Muller and Jamie Jackson along with winger Sam Duncum are expected to return.

Matlock Town will look to make it three wins on the spin and four games unbeaten when they travel to Merseyside to take on third-placed Marine. The hosts saw their three match winning streak brought to an end with a 2-0 home defeat against Northwich Victoria on Tuesday.

After narrowly missing out on the play-offs last season, Buxton have had a dreadful start to the new campaign. The Bucks go into a tough home clash against FC United of Manchester without a point from four games and kept off the foot of the table by virtue of goal difference only.