Non-league: Steels are poised to seal relegation escape

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Stocksbridge Park Steels host relegation rivals Kendal tomorrow with boss Darren Schofield ordering his team to ‘finish the job.’

With five matches remaining Steels are six points clear of second bottom Kendal and with a superior goal difference.

“We have got ourselves into a great position after winning three of the last four but there will be no let-up until we are mathematically safe,” said Schofield.

“It’s nice to have some breathing space but it’s still a massive game for us. If we win, then it will be difficult for Kendal to catch us.

“The lads’ attitude as been spot on. They know how important the game is and are concentrating on getting three more points. But it’s not just about us and Kendal, Grantham are in the mix too. We are level on points with them with two games in hand so we are looking upwards not down.”

Schofield is delighted with the scoring form of striker Nathan Joynes; he’s hit five in four games. He said. “He has had a few injury niggles in the past but is now benefitting from getting regular games. It’s pleasing to see him amongst the goals, it’s what strikers thrives on.

“We have are one or two with knocks, though. Chris Bettney came off against FC United with dead leg, Ben Turner and Will Senior are struggling with hamstrings, while Alex Callery has played despite having a sore back so we have some patching up to do.”

Sheffield FC face a trip to Division 1 South play-off hopefuls Chasetown looking to extended their unbeaten run to nine games. Club boss Ian Whitehorne is expecting a difficult game. “They need three points to get into that last play-off spot and will be going all out for a win,” he said.

“I said weeks ago that we needed to be more consistent and I think we are now finding that form so it should be an entertaining game. Our performance against out bogey side Carlton - Sheffield won 2-0 - was probably our best since I took over so hopefully we will carry on where we left off.”

Worksop Town travel to Gigg Lane to take on third in the table FC United of Manchester aiming to complete a league double.