Ian at helm as doubt hangs over Club No 2

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Ian Whitehorne is set to take charge of his second game as caretaker manager of Sheffield Club against relegation candidates Shepshed Dynamo at Dronfield tomorrow.

Assistant boss Gavin Smith was not at Tuesday’s game that saw Club beaten 3-1 by Glapwell, fuelling speculation he too might decide his future lies elsewhere following manager Chris Dolby’s resignation. Dolby had appointed Smith has his right-hand man.

Sheffield should have enough experience around to tide them over, though. Lee Walshaw, who formed a successful managerial partnership with former boss Dave McCarthy, and Mark Joyce, currently the Under-19s manager, both have a vast experience at Evo-Stik level.

Sheffield are without a win in the last five and, although they are 11 points ahead of second-bottom Shepshed, another defeat against one of the strugglers could have them looking over their shoulders.

The Premier Division clash between Stocksbridge Park Steels and FC United of Manchester will give Steels another chance to build on decent form.

Gary Marrow’s men picked up a point in a goalless draw at promotion hopefuls Buxton on Wednesday and have also enjoyed wins over high-riding Matlock, Kendal, Northwich and North Ferriby in recent weeks.

Frickley Athletic face a crunch game against relegation rivals Ossett Town. The Blues are in the bottom four but six points clear of next-to-bottom Ossett and the importance of the result speaks for itself.

Boss Peter Rinkcavage, who will hand a debut to new singing winger Ryan Hindley, knows a win for his side would edge the visitors closer to the drop, whilst defeat would heighten Frickley relegation fears. Athletic are without a win in five.

Worksop Town entertain Kendal Town. Both sides will be looking to get promotion hopes back on track. The Tigers, who have had their last two home games postponed, have slipped to eighth after winning only two of the last six. Kendal are two places further down the table having seen their play-off hopes take a knock after picking up just a single point from the last four outings.

Matlock Town go to Marine looking for a sixth win on the spin in all competitions.

However, Marine are a force to be reckoned with at the Arriva Stadium where they home won five and drawn one of the last six in the league.

Buxton go to Ashton United looking for the win that could see them climb back into the play-offs.

The Bucks are two points outside the top five and have been in good form since the turn of the year picking up 16 points from 21 possible, while Ashton have lost three of the last four.

Bottom of the table Retford United, without a win in 17 games, face a tough task to stop the riot at play-off hopefuls Northwich Victoria.

Alfreton Town will aim to get the Blues Square North title bid back on track at Worcester City.