Steels need a festive boost

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STOCKSBRIDGE Park Steels take on Stafford Rangers at Bracken Moor tomorrow with manager Darren Schofield hoping Lady Luck shines on his team for a change.

“We’ve been dominating games in recent weeks only for a couple of things to go against us that changes the complexion of the game,” said Schofield. “Nick’s (Swirad) own-goal against Worksop and Will’ Senior’s harsh red card just after half-time at Chorley for instance. I’ve been really pleased with the lads’ application and performance in the last few games.

“The Christmas period is massive for us so it will be good to start with a win against a Stafford side whose form has been a bit hit-and-miss of late.”

Steels drew 1-1 at Stafford earlier in the season; they were denied three points by a late equaliser.

In Division One South, Sheffield FC face fourth in the table Kings Lynn Town at the Walks Stadium.

Curtis Woodhouse’s men will hope to boost their own promotion credentials by completing a league double over the Linnets following a 2-0 victory at Dronfield in September

Club have won only one of the last six in the league but will go into the game boosted by a battling 2-1 league Cup triumph at Garforth Town in midweek. Kings Lynn have also suffered a dip in form of late after picking up just one point from four games.

Frickley Athletic know they face a tough task to end an unwanted record as they Blues get set for a trip to third-place Marine.

Karl Rose’s men are the only team in the three divisions still without an away point after nine attempts.

It’s the reason the Blues find themselves at the wrong end of the Premier Division table where they are in 18th of 22 teams but with a five point cushion over the relegation zone.

Rose will be hoping for a repeat of last week’s performance which saw Frickley beat Hednesford Town 2-1 at home against an in-form Marine side with four wins and two draws in the last six.

Elsewhere, Worksop Town face the proverbial six-pointer at play off rival Witton Albion. The Tigers go into the game in sixth and six-points behind fourth-placed Albion with two games in hand as they aim for a third league win on the trot and eighth without defeat.

There is sure to be a bumper crowd at Causeway Lane as Matlock Town welcome promotion hopefuls FC United of Manchester where the Gladiators will want to make up for a 4-0 defeat in the reverse fixture back in August.

Buxton go Whitby Town looking to complete a league double following a 2-1 victory over the strugglers earlier in the season.