Shaw’s men target sixth successive victory

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Sheffield FC boss is backing his team to cause an upset when they host Blue Square North side Nuneaton Town in the FA Trophy Third Qualifying Round.

“We are going to have a real go,” enthused Mark Shaw. “They’ll see that we’ve won three and scored 11 goals, and know they’re in for a tough game.”

Shaw has every reason to feel confident. Club have won the last five matches and have lost only three from 15 at home.

It’s the fourth time Sheffield have been drawn at home with Shaw’s side have already knocked out Bamber Bridge and Romulus at Dronfield 3-0 and 2-0 respectively. And it would have been a hat-trick of home successes had Warrington Town not taken them to a replay, which Club eventually went on to win.

Matlock Town also face Blues Square opponents with league leaders Hyde the visitors.

Matlock have been hit by injuries particularly in the striking department, which has left Mark Atkins down to just two forwards, Ian Holmes and Tyeisse Nightingale.

Worksop Town will be hoping to avoid going out to lower league opponents when they take on Curzon Ashton at Sandy Lane.

However, it will be far from an easy task for the Tigers with Curzon flying high at the top of the Evo-Stik Division One North where they are undefeated in 17 games. Worksop though are going well under the stewardship of Simon Clark losing only one of 14 games, which came in last week’s 3-2 reversal against FC United.

In the Evo-Stik Premier, Stocksbridge Park Steels take on Hednesford Town as they look to win back-to-back home games for the first time this season in what could be caretaker manager Darren Schofield’s last game in charge. The club has been holding interviews and could unveil their new manager next week. Steels picked up a point at fellow strugglers Whitby Town earlier in the week.

Frickley Athletic go to Ashton United looking to avenge a 1-0 defeat when the teams met in the at Westfield Lane at the beginning of September.

Peter Rinkcavage’s men bounced back from their first defeat in eight games when losing 2-1 at Marine last weekend by beating North Ferriby United 1-0 on Tuesday.