Stand-in Ian targets Club home hat-trick

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With three of the remaining four games at Dronfield, Sheffield caretaker boss Ian Whitehorne is demanding his side maintain their recent run of league form for the remainder of the season.

Club, unbeaten in the last six league outings, entertain a Loughborough Dynamo side four places and six points behind in 12th spot. With Club set to name their new manager next week, it is thought that Whitehorne will oversee the remaining four games before handing over the reins.

It is still feasible that under Whitehorne’s tenure Club could yet grab a top-ten spot. Sheffield won 3-1 at Dynamo in December with goals from Steve Woolley, Andrew Gascoigne and Matt Roney.

In the Premier Division, Stocksbridge Park Steels go to second-placed Colwyn Bay with any thoughts of relegation all but mathematically banished.

Steels were beaten 4-1 at Bracken Moor by promotion chasing Buxton in midweek but maximum points from the previous five outings has seen them pull 11 points clear of the drop zone. The Welsh are looking to secure runners-up spot but with Buxton and FC United of Manchester breathing down their neck all the pressure will firmly be on the home side.

Matlock Town go to relegation-threatened Hucknall Town with their hopes of reaching the play-offs all but over. The Gladiators were second in the table little more than a month ago. But since beating Whitby Town 2-1 in early March their form has dipped alarmingly, which as seen them pick up two points from the last 24 available, leaving them down in 11th.

Worksop Town are another side whose promotion hopes look to have gone for another season following their recent loss of form. Martin McIntosh’s suffered a fifth defeat in the last six outings when losing 2-1 against Kendal Town on Monday, which was followed by a disappointing goalless draw against struggling Nantwich Town two days later. And tomorrow they entertain Buxton who have lost just one of the last 13-league outing.

With three of the remaining four games away, Frickley Athletic face a huge battle to avoid relegation. The Blues, third from bottom, go to out-of- sorts Northwich Victoria this weekend followed by trips to champions FC Halifax Town then Marine before entertaining play-off chasing North Ferriby United on the final day of the season. Northwich have won only one of the last six outings so is likely to be one that boss Peter Rinkcavage will have targeted as a must-win game as they look to bounce back from a 4-1 defeat at FC United earlier in the week.

Bottom-of-the-table Retford United face a daunting trip to fifth-placed Bradford Park Avenue.