Whitehouse bids to sign off with a flourish

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The Easter Bank Holiday brings to a close the Evo-Stik League season with all the region’s teams playing twice.

Caretaker boss Ian Whitehorne continues at Sheffield FC before handing over to Mark Shaw, who was named as Chris Dolby’s successor this week.

Club take on Romulus tomorrow at home and visit Lincoln United on Monday, where Shaw once had a brief spell.

Sheffield have been in sparkling form. A 5-0 thrashing of Brigg Town on Tuesday extended their unbeaten league run to eight games. Romulus are one place and six points ahead of Club in 11th spot.

Premier Division Stocksbridge Park Steels are at Ashton United tomorrow before welcoming Whitby Town to Bracken Moor on Monday.

Gary Marrow will expect his side to show the sort of form for the last two games that has seen Steels win seven from eight. It has moved them away from the drop zone up to 13th in the table and booked a place in next month’s Sheffield Senior Cup Final.

It’s a big weekend for Frickley Athletic as they look to secure their Premier Division safety.

With Retford United and Ossett Town already down it leaves four clubs battling to avoid the last two relegation places. Bursough, Frickley, Hucknall Town and Nantwich Town are all in the mix.

Peter Rinkcavage’s side lost 3-1 at champions FC Halifax Town on Wednesday, which left them in the drop-zone on goal-difference behind Hucknall and two points adrift of Nantwich in 17th place. Marine away on Saturday is followed by a home clash against North Ferriby United on Monday. They must better what either Hucknall or Nantwich do if they are to avoiding relegation.

Rinkcavage will hope his former club, Worksop Town, can help. The Tigers take on Hucknall at Cannon Park on Monday, but before that face a visit to third-placed Bradford Park Avenue. Tigers are in top form after a 3-0 victory over Buxton was followed by a 6-2 win at Chasetown on Tuesday.

Relegated Retford United can have a say in who else goes down as they take on third from bottom Burscough at Cannon Park today (3pm). The visitors know three points would see them climb out of the drop zone on goal-difference. Retford are at Chasetown on Monday.

Matlock Town have two games against play-off contenders. The Gladiators host FC United of Manchester tomorrow ahead of Monday’s Derbyshire derby against Buxton at home. Matlock won 4-2 over Nantwich Town on Tuesday to end a run of nine matches without a win.

Alfreton Town entertain bottom-of-the-table Redditch United. Three-points will see the Reds crowned Blues Square North Champions.

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