Sheffield FC face mid-table Chasetown tomorrow at Dronfield where they will go in search of what would be only a second win in the last 12 outings.
And manager Ian Whitehorne is calling for his players to put in a repeat of the performance and commitment that saw Club unlucky to come away from promotion hopefuls Sutton Coldfield Town empty-handed in the previous game.
“I was really pleased with the performance and the response from the players after going behind early on,” said Whitehorne.
“We dominated for long periods, had our chances then got done by a goal late on when we’re pushing forward. At 2-0 it’s flattered them, but we’ll take the positives from the game.”
Whitehorne praised his young players who have been pressed into first team action earlier than he would have liked: “What you have to remember is that we’ve lost seven quality players and with the transfer embargo we’ve been unable to replace them.
“The young players have shown what talent there is at this club.”
Midfielder Callum Harrison is Club’s only injury doubt with a slight hamstring niggle that has prevented him training this week, while veteran striker and assistant manager Vill Powell could keep his place.
Chasetown narrowly beat Sheffield 4-3 in an entertaining game at the Scholars Ground in late December but are without a win in the last three away games.
Club will be safe from the drop even if they lose against Chasetown if Kidsgrove Athletic fail to gain maximum points at third-placed Coaleville.
Stocksbridge Park Steels go to leaders Chorley more in hope rather than confident of being able to avoid a 14th straight defeat. The hosts have lost just one of the last six and on Tuesday drew 2-2 at their closest rivals FC United to remain three points clear at the top albeit having played a game more.
And with Chorley the second highest scorers in the division with 97 goals it doesn’t look good for a Steels defence that has conceded 121 in their 42 outings.
Frickley Athletic face what is surely a must-win game against relegation rivals Marine at Westfield Lane. The Blues go into the game fourth from bottom and five points behind Marine who sit just outside the drop zone and with a game in hand. Boss Karl Rose has injury concerns with Jake Picton and central defender Sam Denton both doubtful after picking up knocks in the midweek 2-1 defeat at Witton Albion.
Buxton goto title-chasing FC United, while Matlock host mid-table rivals Whitby Town as the Gladiators look for a first win in nine.