MATT Hughes is looking for one last push from his players as Kirkby Lonsdale aim to make history - and he wants supporters to turn out in force to roar them to glory.

Kirkby host Sheffield in a play-off for a place in National League Three North on Saturday and Hughes is hoping home advantage will be key as his side target a place at national level for the first time.

Kirkby completed a clean sweep of home victories this season when they beat Vale of Lune at the weekend and they have not been beaten at Underley Park since October 2013.

The Kirkby captain now wants Fortress Underley to play its part in defeating Sheffield who finished runners-up in North One East.

"Our home form has been magnificent and I certainly hope it is going to play a key role on Saturday," said the big second row. "We haven't lost at Underley Park for quite some time and it has become something of a fortress. Hopefully that will be the case again."

More than 2,000 fans turned out for the winner-takes-all clash with Kendal a few weeks ago and there were 1,500 watching against Vale on Saturday.

Hughes is expecting a similar turnout for what will be the biggest game in the club's history.

"For a small club in a market town we have tremendous support," he said. "We are probably the smallest club in this division but our support has been brilliant. We just want them all there again on Saturday to cheer us on."

Hughes believes Kirkby's high pressure run-in during the regular North One West season will serve them well against Sheffield where nerves will certainly play a part.

"Our last three games were all massive," he said. "We had to beat Kendal to end their promotion hopes, had to win at Carlisle to secure a play-off place then beat Vale to make sure we had home advantage.

"We certainly haven't coasting in so there will be no problem in us having to raise our game - not that you should have to raise your game for such an important match."

Hughes missed the Vale victory with an old neck injury but is determined to return to lead his side out in what will be his last game as captain.

"I'm getting on a bit now so these injuries come back from time to time," said the 31-year-old. "But I will be back for Saturday. That is the plan.

"It's my last as captain. I've held the role for six years so it is time to give someone else a chance.

"So it would be great to go out on a high and seal promotion.

"I said a few weeks ago that the Kendal game was the biggest match in the club's history. But that has changed.

"Sheffield on Saturday is now the biggest in the history of the club and we are all looking forward to it."