Sheffield go for double over play-off rivals Boro

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nathan modest - sheffield fc
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Sheffield FC will aim to make it three wins in eight days when they take on play-off rivals Loughborough Dynamo at the BT Local Business Stadium tomorrow.

Club followed up the crunch 3-2 win at another of their promotion hopefuls Leek Town by reaching the semi-finals of the Sheffield Senior Cup on Tuesday after coming from behind to beat Handsworth 3-1 in extra-time.

However, the priority is winning promotion to the Premier Division for the first time in the clubs history.

With seven of Sheffield’s remaining 10 games at home it gives the Dronfield side a great chance of reachiing the end of season play-offs.

Boss Mark Shaw has issued a rallying call ahead of tomorrow’s game saying: “We’ve got to kick on now; we want to be in the play-offs. We are five games undefeated we’ve shown what we can do so if we are a little bit more clinical in front of goal then we can win games.”

Loughborough are one place and three points behind Sheffield having played two games more but would go above Shaw’s men on goal difference and into the last, play-off spot, should they win. But Sheffield will be quietly confident of completing a league double after winning the corresponding fixture 4-3 in November. Shaw is set to recall Steve Woolley, Martin Foster, Jason Bradley and Nathan Modest who were rested for the cup tie.

In the Premier Division, Frickley Athletic have the opportunity to put further daylight between themselves and the bottom four when they take on relegation threatened Mickleover Sports at the Tech-5 Stadium.

The Blues are six points ahead of their hosts who sit in the last relegation spot with a game in hand. Frickley, one defeat in the last six league outings, won the reverse fixture 6-3 after coming back from two down and know that completing the league double over their relegation rivals would be a massive boost to their own survival hopes.

Stocksbridge Park Steels go to FC United of Manchester where both teams will be desperate for the three points.

Chris Willcock’s men are just four points above the drop zone, while United are four shy of the play-off places and will be keen to bounce back from a 1-0 defeat at Rushall that saw them beaten for the first time in seven league games.

Steels have the worst away record in the top flight with 10 defeats and two wins from 16 away trips and have been dealt a blow with the news that towering central defender Brett Lovell is likely to miss the rest of the season with injury.

Worksop Town go to Chasetown looking their first league goal and win in four games against a side they thumped 4-1 earlier in the campaign. The Staffordshire side have taken just two points from the last eight games and are just six points above the bottom four.

Matlock Town take on Nantwich Town at Causeway Lane in a mid-table battle with not much at stake. Not so though for Buxton with Martin McIntosh’s side embroiled in a relegation battle. The Bucks are second from bottom and face Ashton United at the Silverlands where they have managed just two wins in 14 games, which tells its own story.