Non league: Steels and Club out to spoil final day parties

Stocksbridge boss Chris Hilton
Stocksbridge boss Chris Hilton
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The curtain comes down on the Evo-Stik Northern League campaign this weekend with both Stocksbridge Park Steels and Sheffield FC casting an enviable glance towards their opponents.

Steels welcome third-placed Newcastle Town whose play-off place is already assured, while Club travel to take on champions Mickleover Sports.

Stocksbridge boss Chris Hilton said “We’ve had a decent second half to the season so hopefully people can see what we are doing and how much we have improved from the first half of the season.

“Our aim is to get this club up into the top half of the table so we can hopefully be up their challenging for the play-offs next term.”

Newcastle are guaranteed third place so Hilton is hoping that they visitors may rest of few of the first team squad ahead of next week’s play-off semi-final.

He said: “Obviously it would be good news for us if they decided to rest of few players but if they come with a full side that’s fine, we’ve shown we are capable of competing with teams at the top end of the table.

“We want to finish the season six unbeaten at home and go into the summer break on a high note.”

The Steels will have a full squad to choose from with Lee Garside, Brandon Cardwell and Lee Thompson having recovered their recent injuries.

Newcastle go in the game with just one defeat in the last eight.

Sheffield FC will look to put a dampener on Mickleover’s championship celebrations and manager Jordan Broadbent feels they can play with freedom and without fear.

He said: ”We’ve had some of our best results away from home and I’m always confident we can go anywhere an get a result

“You’ve only got to look at our recent results on the road, I think we must have one of the best away records at moment.

“We’re unbeaten in the last seven away and I want us to make that eight if we can.

“Of course it’s going to be tough. They’ve just won the championship and have finished top for a reason.

“They’ll want to celebrate with a win at our expense. But as I have said before I prefer playing the top sides.

“We seem to dig our heels in more and know how to grind out a result.”

“We are certainly capable of going there and getting a result.

“We’ve got Ian Ross back from suspension so with John McGrath in there we’ve got two experienced players to help the younger players along.”

Mickleover – who narrowly won 3-2 at the Coach & Horses last month – have lost just once in the last 16 league outings which came in a surprise 1-0 home reversal against Tividale earlier this month.

Frickley Athletic go into their home game against Curzon Ashton needing to take at least a point to be sure of avoiding relegation from the Premier Division, although should Marine fail to win at Blyth Spartans then the Blues will be safe whatever the outcome at Westfield Lane.

Two teams that have just missed out on the play-offs clash at Silverlands Ground where Buxton host Barwell, while Matlock Town go to Ramsbottom United in a game that will very much have an end of season feel to it with both teams tucked away in mid-table

Fixtures: Premier Division: Buxton v Barwell, Frickley Athletic v Curzon Ashton, Ramsbottom United v Matlock Town.

Division One South: Mickleover Sports v Sheffield FC, Stocksbridge Park Steels v Newcastle Town.