Steelmen aim for consistency

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PARKGATE look to be in for a tough 90 minutes when they make the short trip to Cannon Park to take on defending Premier Division champions Retford United.

The Steelmen have had a mixed start to the season with a draw and win from their opening two league games but were dumped out of the FA Cup 3-2 at home by Runcorn Town in the last outing.

Retford have made an excellent start winning all three league and cup games under new boss Richard Sennett despite having to completely rebuild the squad from last season following the departure of Brett Marshall.

Maltby Main host promoted Worksop Parramore where they will be aiming to put their first points on the board after losing their opening two league games.

Parramore, who came up in third following Handsworth’s expulsion, have taken full advantage to lead the table on goal-difference after a 4-2 home win against Hall Road Rangers made it two wins on the spin since their opening day defeat at Staveley MW.

Staveley should maintain their 100 per cent home record against Nostell MW. Billy Fox’s men have won their opening two league and cup games at Inkersall Road, while Nostell have lost their first three matches.

Armthorpe Welfare entertain Heanor Town at Church Street for what is the first league meeting between the two teams. Leo Fortune-West is looking for his first home win since replacing Welfare legend Des Bennett over the summer against a Heanor side yet to register their first point after two outings.

Hallam will hope to kick start their campaign with a win at league new boys Athersley Recreation. Julian Watts side were knocked out of the league Cup 4-2 at Grimsby Borough on Tuesday and have now lost all three games this term. Athersley stretched their unbeaten start to the season to four games with a 2-0 home win over Albion Sports in midweek.

Worsbrough Bridge Athletic make the short trip to Askern Villa having made an impressive start to the season. The Briggers came from behind beat Emley 2-1 in the League Cup earlier in their week to make it three on the spin.

Dinnington Town go to Grimsby Borough where they will still be smarting from a midweek 6-1 drubbing at Teversal that brought a first league defeat of the season.

Rossington Main will be keen to bring a halt to their poor start to the season at Hemsworth MW. Main slipped to a fourth successive defeat in league and cup on Tuesday with a 3-0 home reversal against Knaresborough Town.

AFC Emley are in action tonight (7.45) at home against Appleby Frodingham.