Steels moving clear of bottom

Signings: Chris Willcock
Signings: Chris Willcock
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Stocksbridge Park Steels bid to pull further away from the drop zone by making it three wins in the space of eight days at Rushall Olympic.

Chris Willcock’s men beat Ashton United 2-1 away then Worksop Town 3-0 at Bracken Moor on Tuesday to open up a four-point cushion over the bottom four with a game in hand.

Manager Chris Willcock has bolstered the squad with arrival of on-loan defender Declan McGivern from League Two Bradford City along with strikers Rory Coleman from Gainsborough Trinity and Rotherham United youngster Alec Denton.

Steels will be looking to compete a league double after goals from Jack Muldoon and Richard Stirrup earned them a 2-0 win in the reverse fixture in November.

Relegation haunted Frickley Athletic face seventh in the table Marine at Westfield Lane. The Blues have lost the last three league games on the spin and are without a win in seven having drawn the preceding four.

The 3-0 defeat at relegation rivals Buxton last weekend was described by manager Peter Rinkcavage as “A dire display from start to finish.” And the Blues boss knows it will take a massive improvement for them to beat a Marine side still with realistic hopes of finishing in a play-off spot.

Worksop Town look safe from the drop being nine points clear of the bottom four with seven to play ahead of a tough looking trip to FC United of Manchester.

Nevertheless, Simon Clark’s men possibly require one more win to be sure of retaining their Premier status. But with Tigers having won only one of the last six and FC United on a roll, four wins in the last five, they may be have to wait a little bit longer.

Buxton face a six-pointer away at Chasetown, who appear to be in freefall after failing to win any of the last 12 league games The Bucks go into the game second from bottom but just four points behind their hosts in 17th with a game in hand.

Matlock Town face a tall order to extend their unbeaten run to four games against leaders Chester City at Causeway Lane.

In-form Sheffield FC travel to Division One South leaders Grantham Town in buoyant mood after thrashing Shepshed Dynamo 7-1 earlier in the week to stretch their unbeaten run to eight games. Barring a disastrous run of result Grantham look to have the championship sewn up with the Lincolnshire side five points clear at the top with two games to spare. However, Club will aim to cement their place in the plays whilst becoming the first team to complete a league double over Town following a 2-0 home win in August.