Super sub aims for starting spot

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SCOTT Hogan staked his claimed for a place in Stocksbridge Park Steels starting line-up against Marine at home tomorrow against Marine after coming off the bench to score twice in last Monday’s 4-1 win at Buxton.

The striker joined Steels from Halifax just before Christmas and was one of four new signings made by new manager Chris Willcock.

Winger Mark Whitehouse has also yet to start a game following his move from Frickley Athletic. Full-back Daryl Weston from Curzon Ashton made his debut in the victory at Buxton, while Craig Gladwin who joined from a Swedish club has yet to feature.

A Steels win against fifth-placed Marine could see them climb out of the drop zone.

Meanwhile, Stocksbridge’s appeal against Matt Telling’s red card against Mickleover Sports on Boxing Day has been overturned.

There was bad news for Frickley ahead of their trip to Matlock Town after the club announced it has cut the playing budget. It is another blow for boss Peter Rinkcavage who has seen his side pick up just one point from the last seven outings spiralling them down to three points above the relegation zone.

Rinkcavage will be hoping it doesn’t lead to an exodus of his top players.

Relegation threatened Buxton face a tough trip to second placed Northwich Victoria. The Bucks, 20th in the table, have won just one of the last 14 league games. It will be the third meeting between the two teams this season with Northwich coming out on top in the last two.

They won 3-2 at the Silverlands on the opening day of the season then knocked Buxton out of the FA Trophy 3-0 in November.

Worksop Town take on Kendal Town where they will be aiming to keep the play-off hopes alive. The Tigers have suffered just two defeats in 21 outings since Simon Clark took over in October, which has seen them climb to ninth in the table and six points outside the top five. Clark will hope to have striker Massiah McDonald and midfielder Mark Hudson available after both missed the goalless draw at North Ferriby with injury.

In Division One South, Sheffield FC are chasing a win at Hucknall Town. Mark Shaw’s side go into the game fourth in the table and four points clear of Sutton Coldfield Town, who are just outside the top five.

With leaders Grantham Town 10-points ahead of Club, their most likely route to promotion now looks to be through the play-offs. Sheffield have lost just two of the last 11 outings in all competitions, while Hucknall ended a run of five league defeats on the trot with a 4-0 win at Rainworth in their last match.