Sheffield FC and Stocksbridge Park Steels both head off on their travels this weekend.
The prospect of picking up points looks greater for Club than their cross city rivals with Sheffield up against next to bottom Brigg Town, while Stocksbridge travel to second in the table Newcastle Town.
Club boss Jordan Broadbent pulled no punches when he spoke the importance of the game at Brigg. “We must win the game, simple as that. We’ve got to go there and come away with nothing less than three-points.
“We’ve had a tough run of games against teams at the top end of the table at the likes of Sutton where perhaps we were not expected to get a win. We’ve put in some good performances, which is good from a coach’s point of view but it means nothing if you’re not picking up any points. I don’t mind if we go there and win ugly, we just need to put the points on the table.”
Sheffield’s recent run of league results may seem poor with just two wins in the last eight, which sees them in 17th of 22 teams in Division One South. That pales into insignificance compared to Brigg’s poor run that has seen the North Lincs outfit pick up just one point from the last 11 league games.
*On current form it looks a home banker for Newcastle Town to take the spoils against Stocksbridge. The hosts have won eight of the last nine league games. Steels are without a win in seven and have failed to find the net in the last three outings.
Coming off the back of a 2-0 home defeat against another of the promotion hopefuls Spalding United, boss Chris Hilton admits it will be a big ask for his side to come away with any reward. “It will be backs to the wall again this week, but hopefully we can go there and dig out a result. We know it will be very difficult, they are up there for a reason.”
Hilton was disappointed in the manner of the defeat against Spalding. “They are the best team we have played this season. That said we didn’t create anything at all which is disappointing. They were better than us in every department and that’s something we need to aspire too.”
Hilton revealed he is expecting to complete a loan signing of a midfielder from Sheffield United in time to be included in the squad, while defender Brandon Cardwell is set to return after missing the game against Spalding through illness.
*In the Premier Division, Frickley Athletic face a trip to second in the table Curzon Ashton. Despite a 7-1 drubbing at Harrogate Railway Athletic in the League Cup on Monday, Karl Rose side have been in decent form winning the last two in the league on the spin. Third in the table Buxton travel to Barwell.
Matlock Town take on Ramsbottom United at Causeway Lane where the Gladiators will hope to end a run of three league defeats on the spin.
SATURDAY: Premier Division: Barwell v Buxton, Curzon Ashton v Frickley Athletic, Matlock Town v Ramsbottom United.
Division One South: Brigg Town v Sheffield FC, Newcastle Town v Stocksbridge Park Steels.