Sheffield FC - who have seen striker Zeph Thomas called up by the St Kitts and Nevis national squad - welcome bottom of the table Brigg Town to their ground - a team with an awful away record having lost 13 out of 14 away trips.
Brigg have picked up just two points from 21 league games.
So three points for Club a formality then? Far from it according to boss Jordan Broadbent. “There’s no such thing as any easy three points in this league and we certainly won’t be taking anything for granted” said Broadbent.
“I don’t really like playing teams were you are expected to win. There is a danger that complacency can creep in and players think all they need to do is turn up. We’ve talked about being mentally right and making sure we’re on our game from the off. It doesn’t matter who we play at home, our ethos is to try and take three-points every game. We have a solid home record and want to make sure we take a positive result into Tuesday’s home game against Mickleover.”
It gives Sheffield the opportunity to complete a first league double of the season after goals from Michael Onovwigun and Richard Stirrup saw Club come away from The Hawthorns 2-0 winners in December.
Thomas is in St Kitts’ squad for the early qualifying rounds of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Broadbent said: “We’re all delighted for Zeph. He is going to be a big player for us in the second half of the season. We’ll lose him for a couple of weeks at the end of March but we wish him all the best.”
Stocksbridge Park Steels play their first home game in two months when Goole AFC come to Bracken Moor. Steels finally returned to action last weekend after going six weeks without a game and the lay-off took its toll as Romulus’ superior match sharpness told in the end as the hosts won 3-2. Manager Chris Hilton, expecting better things from his team against mid-table Goole said, “We’ve got that first game out of the way after our enforced break and got 90 minutes under our belts. We were a bit rusty and lacked that match fitness you get with playing games, but we’ll be in much better shape this weekend.
“We’ve got to get back to picking up points. Goole are a young side, they’ve got a lot of new players in since having a change in management and will want to impress so we can expect a hard game.”
Hilton expects both Lee Thompson and fullback Martyn Scully to have recovered from knocks picked up against Romulus. The Steels boss is trying to bring in a forward and a midfielder.
In the Premier Division, Frickley Athletic go to Ilkeston looking to build on Tuesday’s excellent 1-1 draw at Blyth Spartans. Matlock Town could climb out of the relegation places if they win at leaders Skelmersdale.
Buxton will aim to get their promotion push back on track with a win over Blyth Spartans at Silverlands as the Bucks look to bounce back from a 2-1 defeat at Halesowen in the last outing.
Premier Division: Buxton v Blyth Spartans, Ilkeston FC v Frickley Athletic, Skelmersdale United v Matlock Town.
Division One South: Sheffield FC v Brigg Town, Stocksbridge Park Steels v Goole AFC.