IT will get no more difficult for Stocksbridge Park Steels than a trip to league leaders North Ferriby United in their battle to avoid relegation.
But after a 3-3 draw with North Ferriby’s title rivals Witton Albion, Steels boss Darren Schofield’s believes his team can go to Church Road without fear.
He said: “We have nothing to be afraid of it’s another challenge for us and one we are up for. The lads have shown character in recent games, particularly last week when they came back from going behind so late in the game to snatch a draw against a good Witton team. There is good banter in the dressing room and everyone wants to fight and play for each other and we will need that against Ferriby, they are not top of the table for nothing.”
Stocksbridge edged a little closer to safety following last week’s draw on a day when the other teams in the bottom five all lost.
But although Schofield’s side are four points clear of the bottom two they have played more games than the teams around the with the exception of Grantham.
Schofield will hope to have midfielder Will Senior available again after missing out last week through injury, while striker Jordan Thewlis should shake off a knock.
North Ferriby are four points clear at the top and have lost just once in 13 games at home and beat Steels 4-0 at Bracken Moor in October.
Sheffield boss Ian Whitehorne is confident his team can bounce back at rock bottom Hucknall Town, after last week’s 3-0 home defeat against Halesowen Town.
“The lads know that they under performed last week especially after going unbeaten in the three previous away games,” said Whitehorne. “We had a long chat after the game; they are an honest bunch and know they have to be at their best to get a result, so hopefully it won’t happen again.”
Sheffield go into the game knowing nothing less than three points will do after slipping into the bottom half of the table where they are now 11 points adrift of the play off places.
Hucknall drew 3-3 at Dronfield earlier this season but have won just once in 12 league games at Watnall Road.
Frickley Athletic host play-off chasing FC United of Manchester where the Blues will go in search of a first win in five against a United side that go into the game on the back of three wins from the last four.
Worksop Town visit Witton Albion.
Buxton host rejuvenated Ilkeston FC, who have just signed for Sheffield United star Rob Kozluk, while Matlock Town travel to championship chasing Hednesford.