Club needs more wins to be sure of escaping drop

Sheffield FC midfielder Richard Stirrup. Pic Ben Webster
Sheffield FC midfielder Richard Stirrup. Pic Ben Webster
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Sheffield FC entertain promotion hopefuls Mickleover Sports in a game that sees a quick return to Dronfield of striker Zeph Thomas following his move to the Derbyshire side a fortnight ago.

Sheffield ended their eight match winless run by beating Rainworth 3-1 in the last outing and although Club have a 13-point cushion over the drop zone, manager Ian Whitehorne feels his side need a couple of more wins to be certain of staying up.

He said: “I think we’re pretty safe now but we’ve got some tough games over the next few weeks against Mickleover, Halesowen Town and Scarborough, so we could do with a couple more wins to be sure.”

Mickloever are fourth in the table and arrive on the back of five wins in an unbeaten seven match run but Whitehorne says his side have nothing to fear; “They’re a good side but don’t worry me. We won 4-3 at their place, we were 4-1 up before they got two back in the last couple of minutes which I thought flattered them a little. Our line-up’s changed since then with players leaving. We look like being without Richard Stirrup who has taken took a nasty whack, Joel Purkiss and Ben Turner are out but we have it in us to get a result.”

Stocksbridge Park Steels host play-off chasing Ashton United. And despite Steels already being relegated following last week’s 3-1 home defeat against Trafford, manager Darren Schofield says: “We need to get as many points as we can and finish on a high. It also gives me the chance to rotate the squad in the remaining weeks. James Knowles came back in last week and Jamie Smith did well his first start up front so we want to give him a run.”

Alex Callery, Nathan Joynes and Jack Ward are ruled out, while young defender Tom Cadzow is doubtful with a back injury.

Title chasing Worksop Town will be expected to pick up three points when they go to relegated Droylsden, who claimed their first win of the season at the 39th attempt last weekend by beating Witton Albion 4-3.

It’s a game that pits the league’s best attack against the leakiest defence with the Tigers having netted 106 league goals, while the hosts have shipped 150.

Relegation battling Frickley Athletic must forget about the Senior Cup Final appearance as they continue fight for Premier Division survival. Karl Rose’s side won through to the final for a second successive season after beating Worksop Parramore 2-1. However, the Blues will now look to more pressing matters of climbing out of the drop zone with a win over promotion chasing AFC Fylde at Westfield Lane.

Matlock Town face a tough trip to FC United of Manchester, who top the Premier Division.