STOCKSBRIDGE Park Steels take on Matlock Town at Bracken Moor tomorrow in what is the first of two crunch games against fellow strugglers with Steels then at Whitby Town next Wednesday.
Stocksbridge comprehensively beat high-riding Rushall Olympic 3-0 on Tuesday lifting them out of the bottom two and up to 18th place.
Steels boss Darren Schofield is calling for a repeat against their Derbyshire neighbours. “It was the best we have played over 90 minutes, said Schofield. We looked solid at the back and created chances up front. In the past we have not been played to the level we can over the full 90 minutes.
“It’s important we get some consistency and carry on where we left off against Matlock. We played them at their place a few weeks ago and felt we should have come away with all-three points instead of just the one after having what we believed was a perfectly good goal ruled out.
“They are a decent team despite their position (19th) with some good players and Mark Atkins always has them well organised and in Matt Hamshaw they have someone who can turn a game.”
The game sees Steels new striker Nathan Joynes make a quick return to his former club after joining last week from Matlock. And the experienced forward will be hoping to add to his two goals against Rushall by scoring against his former team mates.
Sheffield FC will look to stretch their unbeaten league run to eight games against Sutton Coldfield Town at the BT Local Business Stadium.
Boss Curtis Woodhouse will demand a big improvement on last week when Club were fortunate to come away with a point from a 3-3 draw against Hucknall Town at Dronfield in a below par performance.
Sutton arrive in 14th place out of 22 teams in Division One South having not won in the last five league outings.
Elsewhere, bottom of the table Frickley Athletic Chorley in search of their first away point of the season at a ground where they have already won this season after knocking Chorley out of the FA Cup 3-1.
Worksop Town host Kendal Town at Sandy Lane looking to bounce back from Wednesday’s 1-0 home defeat against bottom of the table Whitby Town, while Buxton go to Blue Square North Guiseley with the FA Cup first round in their sights.