STOCKSBRIDGE Park Steels go to Nantwich Town aiming to extend their unbeaten run to five games in league and cup, with manager Darren Schofield optimistic that his team can start to pull away from trouble following recent improvement in performances and results.
In the last four games Steels have drawn at home against promotion contenders Hednesford Town and Marine on top of a 5-0 victory at Kendal Town, while also overcoming a potential banana skin in the Senior Cup winning 2-1 at NCEL side Worksop Parramore.
Schofield said; “I think it shows the progress we have made in the last few weeks.
“We are closing teams down quickly and getting the ball down playing when we are in possession and causing teams problems. Hopefully we can now take it forward for the rest of the season.”
Matt Hamshaw is expected to have shaken off a knock that forced the playmaker off late on against Marine leaving Schofield likely to name an unchanged starting line-up.
Nantwich have won only one of nine league games at home and are without a win in the last seven in league and cup.
Sheffield FC return to action with a trip to Newcastle Town after seeing last week’s home game against Market Drayton Town and the midweek cup clash with Garfoth Town postponed with the Dronfield pitch waterlogged.
Club have taken just two points from the last 12 on offer which has seen them slip to 10th in Division One South and seven points adrift of the play-off places.
However, manager Curtis Woodhouse has taken steps to halt the slide bringing in central defender Elliot Green on loan from Lincoln City along with forward Aaron Rice. Both could debut at Newcastle.
Frickley Athletic and Worksop Town kick off the weekend’s fixtures this evening in a local derby at Westfield Lane (7.45). Both are in need of the points for different reasons: the Blues look to pull clear of the drop zone, while the Tigers chase a play-off place.
Frickley are just three points outside the relegation.
But they have already beaten Worksop twice this season, 2-0 away in the FA Cup then 6-2 at home in the Senior Cup earlier this month. Worksop however have been in good for away from home losing just one of the last 10 in league and cup.
Matlock Town go to struggling Whitby Town boosted by a 2-1 victory over Blue Square Bet Premier side Mansfield Town in Tuesday FA Trophy replay at Causeway Lane.
Buxton host Chorley where the visitors arrive without a win in the last six outings.
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