SHEFFIELD FC host Coalville Town tomorrow, the first league meeting between the two sides at Dronfield.
The Ravens won promotion to the Northern Premier League last season after finishing champions of the Midland Alliance League where, despite notching up 100 points, they clinched the title only on goal difference ahead of Tipton Town, who were Sheffield’s conquerors in last season’s FA Cup. A successful season was concluded with a losing appearance in the FA Vase Final.
Coalville have lost the last four on the spin, though. Mark Shaw’s men on the other hand have won seven of the last six outings after they bounced back from last weekend’s FA Trophy exit to win 2-0 at Brigg Town on Tuesday. The result saw Club climb back on top of the table following leaders Stamford’s 2-0 reversal at Loughborough Dynamo on the same evening, only for Club to be knocked off their perch 24 hours later by Carlton Town.
Sheffield will start favourites as they aim to complete a league double after coming from behind to win 3-1 at Owen Street at the beginning of October.
In the Premier Division, Stocksbridge face a big ask to stretch their unbeaten run to eight games with a tough trip to second-placed Northwich Victoria.
Steels were held to a 1-1 home draw by Frickley on Tuesday. Nevertheless the point edged Steels closer to safety where they are now just two points behind fifth-bottom Mickleover Sports.
But new boss Chris Willcock is concentrating his efforts on guiding Steels away from trouble.
“It’s not about what others do; we can’t affect anything they do,” said Willcock. “If we continue to show the same application and consistency we have over the last few games then hopefully we will kick on.”
When the teams last met in the reverse fixture in September, Northwich came out 4-3 winners.
Worksop Town travel to Chester where the hosts have lost just once in 11 league outings at the Exacta Stadium and will aiming to complete a league double following a 3-0 victory at Sandy Lane.
But the Tigers fortunes have been turned around since Simon Clark was installed as manager in October. Worksop go into the game with just one defeat in 16 games following a 5-4 home win over Mickleover on Wednesday.
Frickley entertain Chasetown keen to avenge a 2-1 defeat at the Scholars Ground during September. The two mid-table teams are separated by four points with the Blues 11th and the visitors in 14th, with each having won, drawn and lost one of the last three.