Big games dominate as the non-league programme gets ready to re-start after the mini-freeze.
Sheffield FC, who stand fourth in Division One South, face a tough four days and I will travel with them for tomorrow’s crucial clash at Stamford who are just a point behind.
They then entertain New Mills next Tuesday and will be out to put the record straight after their 2-1 defeat earlier in the season.
Sheffield will doubtless give a debut to striker Jason Bradley, the ex-Owls player who was signed recently from Eastwood Town.
Stocksbridge also have a new striker in Dale Kelly who joined them last week from Ossett Albion and he’s expected to get the call for Saturday’s trip to bottom club Burscough in yet another six-pointer.
There was some good news for the club when Mickleover Sports were deducted three points for playing an ineligible player in their recent big win over North Ferriby United, which leaves them below Stocksbridge in the Premier Division relegation battle.
Another top game will be at Sandygate where I and an expected big crowd will watch a fascinating derby between ninth-placed Hallam and fourth-placed Worksop Parramore.
Hallam have lost just one of their last seven outings in Baris North Counties East League Division One with Morris notching eight goals and Moxan six of the 22 they’ve scored. Worksop, with manager Darren Bland making a return to his old club, are unbeaten in their last three and something simply has to give.
Second-placed Handsworth, unbeaten in their last six matches, face a showdown at Olivers Mount against fifth-placed Albion Sports who are only three points behind but have four games in hand on Rus Eagles team. Not to be outdone Dinnington Town take an unbeaten six match run to AFC Emley, no doubt looking to avenge an early season 3-0 defeat.
In the Premier Division, two of our clubs are among the nine seeking the one promotion place to the Evo-Stik Division One South. Staveley who are currently third, face a home game against Nostell Miners Welfare, who though in 14th place have a good away record. Billy Fox’s side were, of course, due to host Oadby Town in last night’s FA Vase tie with a quarter-final against either St Ives Town or Gresley awaiting the winners.
Parkgate’s manager Doug Shelley must keep his players discipline in check if they want to gain promotion as he can’t afford to lose players like Swindells. Saturdays league game at Long Eaton United looks likely to see the Steelmen complete a winning double. Next to bottom Maltby Main and Worsbrough Bridge have a day off although Worsbrough are scheduled to face either Albion Sports or Barton Town in the League Cup third round next Tuesday.