Sheffield FC boss Ian Whitehorne says getting past the transfer deadline without losing anymore players was a huge relief ahead of their clash at Sutton Coldfield Town.
He admitted: “We had enquires for Andy Gascoigne, James Gregory and young Tim Whittaker. Thankfully they were all turned down and we can now get on with the remainder of the season and focus on what really matters, getting some points on the table.”
Whitehorne now hopes they can bounce back from last week’s defeat against Mickloever but knows it’s a tall order.
He said: “It will be a really tough game; we never seem to do very well on the 3G pitch but as always we will go there looking to win.
“We had a chat with the players after the Mickleover game. It wasn’t a 5-1 performance more a lack of concentration that cost us after we started well then ended up getting caught short on the day. We’ve got some tough games coming up but we know we’ve got some results in us.”
Richard Stirrup is ruled out through injury but Whitehorne is boosted by the return of winger James Gregory after missing the last two games.
Stocksbridge Park Steels face a tough trip to promotion-chasing AFC Fylde where Darren Schofield’s relegated side will hope to avoid a 12th straight defeat.
Steels have not tasted victory since beating Matlock Town 3-1 at home in December and have taken just two points in the last 17 games, which has seen the Bracken Moor club wave farewell to the Premier Division with a whimper.
AFC Fylde consolidated their place in the play-offs with a 2-2 draw at Rushall Olympic on Tuesday, a result that stretched the hosts unbeaten run to 19 games in league cup.
Schofield will be boosted by the return of leading scorer Nathan Joynes after a five match suspension while goalkeeper Jack Ward is also available after serving a two match ban.
With Stocksbridge, Droylsden and Stafford Rangers already down, Frickley Athletic are favourites to fill the last relegation spot after losing three of their last four outings, which sees them four points adrift of safety with six games to play. They travel to Grantham Town, who they beat 3-2 at Westfield Lane back in November, this weekend.
Worksop Town take on Rushall Olympic at Sandy Lane as the Tigers aim to keep the pressure firmly on leaders Chorley. Mark Shaw’s side came from behind to beat Nantwich Town 3-1 on Wednesday to move within two points of the leaders.
Matlock Town host lowly Witton Albion.