Boss Dolby's call in bid to boost play-off hopes

Chris Dolby will ask his side to step up their game when they take on struggling Rainworth Miners Welfare at Dronfield tomorrow as they bid to keep alive their outside hopes of reaching the play-offs.

It will be Club's third game in a row against teams in the lower reaches of Division One South following games against Market Drayton Town and Spalding United over the past week.

Dolby's men were disappointingly beaten 3-1 despite taking the lead at Market Drayton last weekend, then scraped to a 2-1 win over struggling Spalding on Tuesday.

If Sheffield are to have ambitions of finishing in the top five - and it's a big ask with Club 12 points adrift but with five games in hand – then these are games that Club simply must win.

Rainworth present a similar scenario, with the visitors third from bottom with three wins from 21 outings.

In the Premier Division, Stocksbridge Park Steels will look to bounce back from successive defeats that leaves them just outside the drop zone when they travel to Nantwich Town.

Steels were unfortunate to come away empty-handed on Tuesday against neighbour Worksop Town after a controversial late goal sent them down to a 3-2 defeat.

Nantwich, like Steels, are battling to avoid the drop and go into the game two places and two points ahead of 18th-placed Stocksbidge.

Nantwich, beaten 3-1 at Bracken Moor, have lost two of the last three at home.

Steels are likely to be without midfielder Richard Stirrup after he picked up a knock against Worksop which will open the door for Ben Leonard or Steve Wilkinson.

Elsewhere, Matlock Town face Worksop Town at Causeway Lane in a promotion showdown. The Gladiators are third in the table, three points and two places above the Tigers, who have three games in hand.

Martin McIntosh's side have been beaten just once in 13 outings.

Frickley Athletic travel to Ashton United looking for the three points that could see them climb out of the relegation zone. The Blues have dropping into the bottom four after picking just one point from the last four outings, while Ashton have won the last three at home in all competitions.

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