SHEFFIELD FC: Curtis seeks Boxing Day boost against rivals for play-off place

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The region’s non-league teams will be hoping for a return to action with some cracking derbies on the festive menu to whet the appetite after last weekend’s washout.

Sheffield FC take on Division One South play-off rivals Belper Town at Dronfield in their first home game in over a month.

Club - 12th in the table - are three points behind their visitors and nine adrift of the top five. And although Curtis Woodhouse’s side have games in hand, they really do need to come away with all-three-points.

When the teams met in the reverse fixture back in August it finished 2-2.

Improving Stocksbridge Park Steels travel to Buxton where they will be looking to avenge the Buck’s 2-0 victory at Bracken Moor earlier in the campaign. Darren Schofield’s team have lost just two of the last six and know a win could see them climb out of the Premier Division’s bottom two. Buxton are unbeaten in the last four.

Frickley Athletic host leaders North Ferriby United, who have already beaten the Blues twice this season.

Worksop Town could well find themselves in the play-off places with a win over neighbours Grantham Town at Sandy Lane, where striker Tom Denton is likely to be given a starting berth after re-signing for the club from Alfreton Town.

Maltby Main and Parkgate get the Baris NCEL’s festive fixtures underway when the two Premier Division rivals meet at Muglet Lane,) 11am kick-off. The Steelmen will be aiming to complete a league double.

Hallam entertain Dinnington Town at Sandygate Road

Worsbrough Bridge Athletic take on Division One leaders Athersley Recreation (noon) at Park Road.