Evo-Stik Division One South Preview
Our Staffs reporter Steve Sharman gives this weekends Evo-Stik South fixtures a preview.
With most of the country hit with snow this week, sides in Division One South face yet another Saturday of postponements.
One casualty already is Stocksbridge, whose home clash with Stafford Rangers was called off due to the cold weather on Friday morning. The Steels are the only team yet to play a fixture in 2015 with all their scheduled fixtures called off. Their last game came on Boxing Day in a 3-2 defeat to Sheffield.
Elsewhere clubs are hoping for a weather improvement over Friday night to allow every chance of fixtures to be played. One club who have suffered because of the weather this season, is Leek Town who are due to play away at Loughborough this weekend. The Staffordshire side have played eight games less than the top two sides in the league Newcastle Town and Sutton Coldfield Town.
Sutton are at home this weekend as they are due to face Lincoln United, a game that has more chance than any to go on due to the 3G pitch. Second placed Sutton are on a poor run of form having lost their last four games in all competitions and will look to regain top spot from Newcastle Town who will face fourth placed Spalding United at the Aspire Stadium. Castle are currently on a four game winning run with recent victories against Tividale, Sheffield, Gresley and Market Drayton.
One side who are looking to retain recent form is Mickleover Sports as they take on Chasetown, who announced Marcus Law as their new manager this week. Mickleover have lost their last two games against Leek and Coalville and with a number of games in hand, currently sit in third spot.
At the bottom of the division, Brigg Town are looking to win their first game since September as they travel to in form Coalville Town. The Zebras have conceded 39 goals in their last nine games with the only point coming in a 2-2 draw with fellow strugglers Kidsgrove Athletic.
Kidsgrove themselves also have a tough game on the road as they travel to take on play-off chasing Gresley who have hit eleven goals in their last two games against Brigg Town and Loughborough. The Derbyshire side sit in eighth place as they look to continue their challenge for a top five position.
The remaining fixtures this weekend see Market Drayton host Rainworth with the two separated by just two points. Norton United play at home to Carlton with the fixture scheduled to be played at Marston Road, the home of Stafford Rangers. Finally Tividale host Romulus whilst Sheffield play Goole in two fixtures between sides in the middle of the league table.
Apart from Stocksbridge v Stafford, all games are currently on subject to the weather with any announcements of postponements available on the Evo-Stik website or the club’s Twitter accounts.