Stocksbridge Park Steels are looking to pick up their first win of the season when they entertain one of the promotion favourites Stafford Rangers at Bracken Moor.
Steels have picked up just the one point from their opening two games, which came in a 1-1 draw against Ashton United on Tuesday. However, Gary Marrow’s side feel they have not had the rewards their efforts deserve from the two games with missed chances costing them in the opening day’s 1-0 defeat at Marine and against Ashton.
Stafford where relegated from the Conference North last season and are being widely tipped to make an instant return but they suffered a set-back in their opening game going down 2-0 at home against FC United of Manchester, which was followed by a draw at Worksop.
Frickley Athletic will look to bounce back from their 6-0 hiding at Chorley when they go to Northwich Victoria. Boss Peter Rinkcavage hopes to have midfielder Mark Whitehouse available after he missed Tuesday’s game through injury, while central defender Michael Simpkins is in line for a place in the starting line-up after being given a 30 minute run-out. Northwich have been charged by the League for failing to fulfil their midweek fixture at Kendal Town.
And it’s the Cumbrians that provide opposition for Matlock Town at the Reynolds Stadium. The visitors will be looking to build on their 3-0 victory over Worksop Town last weekend, while the Gladiators have managed just a point from their two outings.
Injury hit Worksop entertain Marine with Martin McIntosh aiming for his first win of the season. Tigers were thumped 3-0 at Kendal on the opening day but got a 1-1 draw against Stafford Rangers on Wednesday. McIntosh hopes to have winger Sam Duncum and striker Adam Muller back from injury.
Buxton travel to league leaders Chorley with John Reed’s men looking for their first point of the season after successive 3-2 defeats, the latest coming at Hednesford Town on Tuesday when the home side grabbed the winner in stoppage time.
In Division One South, Sheffield FC make the short trip to take on league newcomers New Mills.
After naming the same starting 11 for the opening two games boss, Mark Shaw may be considering tinkering with the side following the midweek 2-1 defeat at Kidsgrove Athletic. General Manager Ian Whitehorne commented; “We played well enough but out passing wasn’t up to scratch. Also we played too frantically at times in the second half and our indiscipline has let us down as we conceded too many free-kicks.”