Club look for double boost

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With two home games over the next few days, Sheffield FC have the opportunity to cement a top five place and take a step closer securing a spot in the end of season play-offs.

Club climbed up to fourth in Division One South with a 0-0 draw with play-off rivals Loughborough Dynamo, which maintained their three-point cushion over Loughborough who are just outside the top five places. Club also have two games in hand.

Sheffield take on mid-table Goole AFC tomorrow which sees the return of former home favourite Vill Powell. On Tuesday they host bottom-placed Shepshed Dynamo.

They are two games Sheffield should win, but manager Mark Shaw is taking nothing for granted and says of the visit of Goole.

“It’s a difficult game and another test for us,” said Shaw. “Their away form is better than their home form so we need to be at our best.

“There are 10 games left, that’s 30 points to play for, and we’ll be looking to make sure we are unbeaten.”

Sheffield have not lost in the last six outings in all competitions and were disappointed to have come away with just a point against Loughborough, the first time in 11 games the Dronfield outfit have failed to find the net.

The teams drew 1-1 in the reverse fixture in August when Conor Hgginson’s strike was cancelled out by Powell from the penalty spot.

Stocksbridge Park Steels go to Ashton United just one point clear of Mickleover Sports in the last relegation spot following the 3-0 defeat at FC United.

With games in hand Steels have control of their own destination and will be keen to pick up only their third away win in 18 games. Ashton are without a win in three.

Frickley Athletic face a huge game at relegation rivals Buxton. The hosts are only five points behind Frickley and have three games in hand over their 17th-placed visitors.

Having lost 2-1 at home against Mickleover last weekend, Frickley must avoid defeat at the Silverlands otherwise they could find themselves in the drop zone if other results go against them.

Worksop Town host promotion chasing Chorley. The Tigers will be looking to end a run of four home league defeats and pick up their first home points since beating Frickley 2-1 on Boxing Day.

But it looks to be a tall order with Chorley in fifth place and knowing they must avoid defeat if they are not to slip out of the play-off places.

Matlock Town should make it three wins on the trot at Causeway Lane at the expense of doomed Burscough. The visitors are 12 points adrift at the foot of the table, while three-points would end Town’s relegation fears.