Different aims for Steels and Club

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There are two big games across the city tomorrow.

At Bracken Moor Stocksbridge Park Steels will be hoping to take a step closer retaining their Premier Division status against high-riding Chorley.

Over at Dronfield, Sheffield FC take on Hucknall Town as they look to close in on securing a place in the play-offs in their bid to reach the top flight for the first time.

Mark Shaw’s team thrashed play-off rivals Stamford 6-0 at the BT Local Business Stadium on Tuesday to retain fourth place, and, with just five games left, it gives Club a very handy seven-point cushion over the Lincolnshire side who remain just outside the play-off places in sixth.

Shaw’s men are in sparkling form at home where they have hit 17 goals in the last three games and have been beaten just once in the last 10 outings.

Hucknall, have lost three of the last four and went down 3-2 against Sheffield at Watnall Road in the first game of 2012 with Jack Barnett, Andy Gascoigne and Nathan Modest getting Club’s goals.

It’s tight at the bottom of the Premier Division table with just four points blanketing next-to-bottom Frickley from Stocksbridge in 16th place.

Defeat for the Steels could see them slip back in the bottom four if other results go against them.

However, Chris Willcocks men have a good record at Bracken Moor where they are unbeaten in the last 10 in the league and, despite Chorley’s lofty third position, Steels are more than capable of ending the visitors’ three-match winning streak.

Worksop Town face a derby against Matlock Town at Sandy Lane as the Tigers look to bounce back from a run of three defeats on the bounce.

Simon Clark’s side have taken just four points from the last 21 on offer, which has seen them slide into the bottom half the table. But they are seven points clear of the bottom four and know one more win should be sufficient ease any lingering relegation fears.

Matlock will be keen to take home three points for the first time in nearly six months, with the last away win at Burscough on September 3.

Their only other victory on opposition soil came at Frickley Athletic on August 23.

Gladiators boss Mark Atkins is surprised to see Worksop in the bottom half of the table but knows his side nevertheless face a tough game.

“I expected Worksop to be up their challenging towards the top end of the table but for one reason or another it hasn’t worked out for them,” said Atkins. “These things happen and while there not pulling up any trees at present we know we face a tough game there.”

The Tigers are 15th, three places and three points behind the Gladiators.

Relegation-threatened Buxton take on promotion-chasing Bradford Park Avenue at the Silverlands.

The Bucks have won three of the last four, giving them hope of avoiding the drop.

Three points could see them climb out of the bottom four if results elsewhere are favourable.