In-form Steels just one way from safety

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Stocksbridge Park Steels will be aiming for a sixth win in a row in all competitions and secure Premier Division safety when they host Ossett Town tomorrow.

Gary Marrow’s team won 2-0 at Burscough on Wednesday, their fourth league win on the spin, putting them 10 clear of the drop zone. Victory over an Ossett side that where thrashed 6-1 by relegation rivals Hucknall Town would take Steels past 50 points. And no team has ever been relegated from the top flight after reaching that milestone.

After ending a run of three defeats on the spin, Worksop Town travel to Ashton Town having got their play-off hopes back on track with a 4-1 home win over North Ferriby on Wednesday. It lifted the Tigers to eighth spot and six points outside the top five with a game in hand.

Frickley Athletic entertain Chasetown coming just a fortnight after the blues were beaten 2-0 in Staffordshire. Athletic boss Peter Rinkcavage knows his side must start winning games if they are to climb out of trouble.

Matlock Town take on Bradford Park Avenue in a make or break game in their promotion push.

Monday’s 1-0 league cup semi-final defeat at Ashton United gives the Gladiators just the play-offs to aim for, but a disappointing last month, which has seen them without a win in six league outings, has left them on the fringes of the race in seventh spot.

Bradford, who beat Matlock 3-1 recently are one place below the Gladiators on goal-difference in eighth. Boss Mark Atkins will be hoping his side can show the same kind of workrate that brought them a hard earned point from their 2-2 draw against champions elect FC Halifax Town at the Shay last weekend.

Buxton face play-off rivals Colwyn Bay at the Silverlands knowing they must take all-three points if they are to keep alive their hopes of finishing runners-up. The Welshmen currently occupy that spot where they are seven points above the Bucks in third but having played two games more.

Its top versus bottom at Cannon Park as relegated Retford United host leaders FC Halifax Town, where three points for the visitors will see them installed as champions. Former Stocksbridge striker Jamie Vardy, who scored twice in Halifax’s 3-0 win over the Badgers in October and is the Shaymen’s top scorer with 25 goals, has just agreed a new contract that will see the striker extend his stay until the summer of 2014.

In Division One South, Sheffield FC travel to next to bottom Shepshed Dynamo, which will brings up Club’s fifth away game in the last seven outings.

Sheffield won the reverse fixture 3-2 at Dronfield in February after recovering from conceding two goals inside the first 12 minutes and will be confident of completing a league double over a Dynamo side that has lost seven of the last eight league outings.

Alfreton Town travel to Solihull Moors five points clear at the top of the Blue Square North and with two games in hand. What’s more, the Reds have not conceded a goal in the last five games after thrashing Guiseley 6-0 on Tuesday.