First victory of season wanted

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STOCKSBRIDGE Park Steels head for Grantham Town tomorrow hoping to chalk up their first win of the season.

Steels drew 1-1 at Matlock Town in their last league outing in what was manager Darren Schofield’s first game in charge.

Then just a week ago they were unlucky to lose to a late goal at New Mills in the FA Trophy after fighting back from 2-0 down and having goalkeeper Adam Billard sent off.

In the short time since taking over Schofield has installed renewed belief in the team. Three points at newly promoted Grantham, who are without a win in the last four outings, would see Steels climb out of the bottom two.

Schofield could give a start to Andy Ring up front after bringing the experienced forward back for a second spell. Ring was discarded in the summer by former boss Chris Willcock after nine years at Bracken Moor.

Improving Worksop Town go to Nantwich Town looking for a third away win on the trot after wins at Hednesford Town 4-0 then 3-2 at Curzon Ashton in the FA Trophy. It’s a game that will test the Tigers new-found form with Nantwich fourth in the table.

Matlock Town will aim to continue their improvement at North Ferriby United.

The Gladiators are unbeaten in the last three in all competitions but will face a stern test against North Ferriby side with just one defeat in the last eight.

Sheffield FC travel to promotion rivals Halesowen Town, which sees third up against fourth in Division One South with just goal-difference separating the two teams, though Club do have a game in hand on their opponents.

Like Sheffield, who go into the game undefeated in four away in the league, Halesowen have also been at their best on the road, while at Old Hawne Lane have won only once in four.

Town have a new manager at the helm after John Hills took over the reins.

Frickley Athletic and Buxton go in search of FA Cup glory and move to within 90 minutes of the first round proper. Athletic go to Blue Square North Harrogate Town, while Buxton go to Evo-Stik Premier Division rivals Hednesford Town.