NEW signing Matt Jukes looks set to make his Stafford Rangers debut when the Marston Road club make their first ever trip to North Ferriby United on Saturday.
Jukes joined the Boro ranks a couple of weeks ago, from Midland Alliance side Tividale, but has been recovering from a hamstring injury.
“We had hoped to include him against Chasetown this week, but it was just a day or two too early for him,” said Rangers manager Greg Clowes.
“However, he will take part in two training sessions this week and if he comes through those he will be included in the squad for the weekend.” Jukes, who was on target in the FA Vase tie against Brocton earlier in the season, hit 17 goals in just over 30 appearances for Tividale this term.
Rangers will head for East Yorkshire at North Ferriby’s Church Road ground, aiming to make it three successive Evo Stik premier wins.
After a run of five games without success, Rangers have shown vastly improved form, particularly in the second half of their last two fixtures.
Both of those were on home soil, with Rangers hitting no fewer than seven goals in victories over play-off hopefuls Bradford Park Avenue (3-1) and strugglers Chasetown (4-1).
“I felt we didn’t pass the ball enough against Chasetown in the first half and both teams cancelled each other out.
“But we came out of the starting blocks strong in the second half, as we did against Bradford, and hit them with three quick goals to put them out of the game.
“The quality of our crosses into their area was very good and this led to those goals.
“I was happy with the desire of the lads in the second half. In the end I felt it was a comfortable win.” While Jon Sheldon and Jon Patrick are ruled out for the rest of the campaign with injuries, Clowes is hoping Dan Skelton will return shortly.
Skelton, who has made 29 appearances for Rangers in his first season with the club, came off against Bradford with a hamstring injury, but is responding to treatment.
Rangers visit a North Ferriby side who have just missed out on the play-offs the previous two seasons, but this time will have to settle for a midtable placing.
They are currently one place below Rangers on the same points. Earlier in the season the teams drew 1-1 at Marston Road.
In more recent weeks, North Ferriby enjoyed a three-match winning league run, but came unstuck when held to a 1-1 draw at home to Chasetown, before crashing 4-0 away to strugglers Mickleover on Saturday.
Last night, the Yorkshire outfit were bidding to reach the NPL Challenge Cup final and met Kendal at home in the semi-finals.
Rangers supporters are reminded that it is time to vote for your player of the season.
Voting slips are now available at the club and can be obtained from the programme hut at the next home game against Burscough on March 31.