Tough task for stand-in duo

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CARETAKER bosses Steve Shutt and Darren Schofield are to remain in charge at Stocksbridge Park Steels for the immediate future with the club in no rush to appoint a replacement for Gary Marrow, who quit last week.

Chairman Allen Bethel has received a number of “very interesting and high calibre” applicants for the post.

But as yet they have not spoken to anyone; so reserve team manager Shutt and coach Schofield will oversee team affairs after guiding Steels to a 5-2 Senior Cup win at AFC Emley on Wednesday. However, the duo face a far more difficult task this weekend with Steels facing a tough trip to third-placed Chorley, who have been beaten just once in nine at Victory Park. While Steels, third bottom, have taken just four points from a possible 27 away.

Frickley Athletic entertain Kendal Town where boss Peter Rinkcavage is confident his side can now climb higher than their 13th position. “With all the injuries we have had this season we have done well to be where we are,” he said. “We have players back so I’m hopeful we can progress further, we have gone three league games without defeat and want to keep the run going.”

Matlock Town entertain Worksop Town in what should be another big test for Mark Atkins side who have taken nine points from last four at home in which time only leaders Northwich Victoria have left the Reynolds Stadium with three points.

But under new boss Simon Clark the Tigers have become a very difficult team to beat, indeed they have picked taken 13-points from five league outings since Clark took charge at the beginning of October, which has seen Worksop climb away from the drop zone and up to 11th in the table.

Having slipped into the bottom four after failing to win any of the last six. It doesn’t get any easier for Buxton with the arrival of high-riding Hednesford Town at the Silverlands.

The visitors sit fourth in the table and go into the game on the back of four league wins on the spin. But the Bucks will take some comfort that in the reverse fixture at Key Park in August it took a goal deep into stoppage to earn Hednesford a slender 3-2 victory.

In Division One South, promotion chasing Sheffield FC go to Loughborough Dynamo. Mark Shaw’s men have slipped to fifth and five points behind leaders Ilkeston FC after picking up one point from the last three league outings. However, Club have since got back in the winning groove with victories over Romulus and Athersley Recreation in the FA Trophy and Sheffield Senior Cup respectively over the past week.