Steels looking beyond leaders

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Stocksbridge Park Steels face a tall order to ease their relegation worries in the first game of the Easter Bank Holiday weekend fixtures with champions elect Chester FC the visitors to Bracken Moor.

Chester - backed by a large following - are 11 points clear at the top of the Premier Division table with five games to go and could even clinch the title with a win if results elsewhere go their way.

The visitors are unbeaten in the last 11 and have not conceded a goal in the last four.

Chester are also the Division top scorers, so goalkeeper Ben Scott looks likely to be in for a busy afternoon.

It’s difficult to see Steels, who are a just point clear of the drop zone, coming away with anything from the game, and Chris Willcock’s men they have a much bigger game from their perspective coming up on Monday, when they go to relegation rivals Mickleover Sports where at the very least they must avoid defeat.

Frickley Athletic have slumped to second bottom and four points from safety after following a run that has seen them pick up just two points from the last 18 on offer.

Peter Rinkcavage takes his side to Nantwich Town in despeate need of three points if they are not to find their position becoming almost irretrievable.

Nantwich, who won 2-1 at Westfield Lane early in the season, are unbeaten in the last four at home. On Monday Frickley host Rinkcavage’s former club Worksop Town.

Worksop play their penultimate home game of the season with the visit of Ashton United to Sandy Lane.

The Tigers will be hoping to bounce back from a 3-2 home defeat against rock-bottom Burscough on Wednesday where the Tigers let slip a 2-0 lead.

Out-of-sorts Matlock Town take on play-off hopefuls Marine at Causeway Lane with the Gladiators looking for a first win in four.

The Merseyside outfit go into the game in seventh spot and four points outside the play-off places knowing nothing less than a will do if they Are to sneak into the top five.

Improving Buxton face a tough test at FC United of Manchester. The Bucks have won three out of the last four which has seen them out of the drop zone a point clear of Mickleover in the last of the relegation places. United go into the game in fifth and with a three-point cushion over Hednesford Town who are just outside the play-off places.

Sheffield FC face a big weekend as Mark Shaw’s promotion-chasing side aim to seal their place in the Division One South play-offs.

Club, fourth in the table, start with a trip to the team directly above them, Carlton Town who have a five-point advantage. But boss Shaw believes his team are capable of catching. On Monday, Belper Town are the visitors to Dronfield with the Derbyshire side going into the weekend five points outside the play-off places and a further three adrift of Sheffield.