STOCKSBRIDGE will go in search of the win that could see them climb out of the bottom four against Matlock Town at Bracken Moor tomorrow.
Improving Steels are 19th of 22 teams in the Premier Division and just two from safety behind Mickleover Sports, who face a tough trip to Hednesford Town.
Steels lost for the first time under new boss Chris Willcock last weekend, 2-0 at Northwich Victoria. Despite that, Steels again showed the battling quality that had seen them go seven games without defeat before their trip to the Victoria Stadium.
Willcock could hand home debuts to his three new signings. Defender Harry Bockarie from Willcock’s former Club Woodley Sports, 20-year-old midfielder Ryan Harrison, who has been snapped up from following his release from Bradford City and former Owls and Scunthorpe midfielder Ross Shelton.
Ironically Matlock’s last three point haul came against Stocksbridge in a 4-0 win at the Reynolds Stadium last month.
The Gladiators expect Kris Bowler and forward Tyeisse Nightingale to have shaken off knocks picked up in last weekend’s draw at Bradford Park Avenue. But full back Kris Witcombe, winger Craig Nelthorpe and striker Ian Holmes are all injured.
Frickley Athletic face a tough home game against play-off hopefuls Bradford Park Avenue as they go in search of a first win in four.
Blues boss Peter Rinkcavage pointed to a lack of scoring goals which has cost his team points over the last three games. “Despite having a lot of passion in the last three games we only scored one and there lies the reason,” said Rinkcavage.
Meanwhile, full-back Ben Tuner has signed for Athletic on a permanent deal from Worksop Town following a successful loan spell at Westfield Lane.
Struggling Buxton entertain Stafford Rangers hoping to end a run of 11 winless league games, which has seen them pick up only six points from 33. Rangers indifferent form though should give the Bucks encouragement.
In Division One South, Sheffield FC aim to bounce back from a 3-2 home defeat against Coalville Town when they travel to the West Midlands to take on Romulus.
Club boss Mark Shaw felt his team dropped their normal standards last weekend saying: “We were very poor defensively” and will look for an improvement against a Romulus side they beat 2-0 at Dronfield in the FA Trophy.
Worksop Town are in FA Trophy action at Sandy Lane against Blue Square Premier Tamworth. The Tigers have lost just twice in 17 outings under boss Simon Clark.