Non league: Duo poised to renew rivalry

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FOR two players, old rivalries will be renewed tomorrow when Ilkeston FC come calling to Bracken Moor which will see Stocksbridge’s former Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Matt Hamshaw line up on the opposite side to ex-Sheffield United utility player Rob Kozluk.

Hamshaw, 31, has made a big impact since arriving at the club in November as Steels look to try and pull away from the relegation mire. And Ilkeston boss Kevin Wilson will be hoping 35-year-old Kozluk will have a similar influence at the New Manor ground after joining the Robins last month in a player/coach role after making more than 300 appearances in football league.

Hamshaw netted a delightful free-kick as Stocksbridge extended their unbeaten league run to three games since the turn of the year with a battling 1-1 draw at Rushall Olympic last weekend.

Manager Darren Schofield is pleased with his sides’ recent performances and believes they can now go on a good run particularly with a glut home games ahead.

“The lads have impressed me in the last few games against difficult opposition,” said Schofield. “Confidence is high and the players now believe we are capable of beating any team in the league. We are looking to improve the points tally over the next few weeks as six out of eight league games are at home.”

Ilkeston, who beat Stocksbridge 1-0 at the Manor Ground in October, will be looking to return to winning ways after seeing what was a club record run of eight leagues unbeaten, come to an end with a 2-0 home defeat against Stafford Rangers last weekend.

In Division One South, Sheffield FC take on Leek Town at Dronfield where manager Ian Whitehorne is backing his team to bounce back from a run of three defeats on the spin, the latest of which was a 3-1 reversal at runaway leaders Coalville Town On Tuesday

Club have not won in the league at home since beating Northwich Victoria 2-1 at the end of October, while Leek arrive unbeaten in the last four.

Elsewhere, Frickley Athletic go to Stafford Rangers while Worksop Town will look to make it two home wins in the space of four days when they entertain promotion rivals Marine.

Matlock Town travel to rock bottom Eastwood Town.