Steels must win and it’s only September

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Stocksbridge Park Steels take on fellow strugglers Eastwood Town at Bracken Moor tomorrow in a game that even at this early stage in the season, Steels need to come away with the three points.

Chris Willcock’s side have not won in seven league and cup outings this season and have lost all four games at home. They have picked up just one point from the first 18 and are 19th out of 22 teams in the Premier Division.

Eastwood are propping up the table having lost all six. They and next to bottom Whitby Town are the only teams in the top flight yet to register a point.

With striker Scott Hogan doubtful after picking up a knock in the 3-0 FA Cup defeat against Marine, Danny South could be handed his first start up front following his recent move from Frickley Athletic, while goalkeeper Aaron Pratt will hope to keep his place after replacing the unavailable Adam Billard last weekend.

Worksop Town entertain Stafford Rangers seeking to end a run of three defeats in the last four.

Tigers boss Simon Clark has come under fire from a section of supporters for the poor start which also saw Worksop dumped out of the FA Cup at the first hurdle by Fricklley Athletic.

Stafford, like the Tigers, have six points from the opening six games.

Frickley, third from bottom, will be hoping the FA Cup win at Worksop will be the springboard to their league campaign.

The Blues go in search of a first league victory at second-placed Rushall Olympic. However, it looks a tall order with the hosts showing good early season form winning five of the six outings.

Matlock Town entertain promotion hopefuls Blyth Spartans looking to bounce back from their 3-0 FA Cup reply defeat at Division One Belper Town on Wednesday. Blyth are unbeaten in the last four.

Improving Buxton, one defeat in five, travel to promoted AFC Fylde where the hosts will be aiming for a fourth home win on the trot.

Sheffield FC are in FA Trophy action with a tough looking preliminary round tie at Evo-Stik League One North high-flyers Trafford.

The hosts are undefeated in seven outings having conceded just one goal, so Curtis Woodhouse’s side have a tough test as they look to return to winning ways following the shock FA Cup exit against Abbey Hey.