Shaw Lane Aquaforce owner Craig Wood is confident his team will cling on to their place as the top non-league club in South Yorkshire and wants more Barnsley people to 'give us a chance'.

Aquaforce – who were a Sunday League side five years ago – are the highest-placed non-league club in the county while there are no South Yorkshire clubs between them and Barnsley FC.

The Ducks are third in the Evo-Stik First Division South while wins in their games in hand would send them top. A fifth straight promotion would leave them just two tiers below the National League, formerly the Conference.

"There is no reason why we can't win promotion again this season," said Wood, who also owns plumbing firm Aquaforce. "The ground is up to scratch and, while we are progressing, I'll keep backing them.

"To be the top non-league club in South Yorkshire is a great achievement. I do think we will finish above Sheffield FC and Stocksbridge.

"We are always going to be a non-league side and talk of League Two is pie in the sky. But if we were to go up and Barnsley go down we would only be three divisions away. That's unbelievable."

Wood says he would love to get more Barnsley people behind the club and boost the attendances which are usually around 150. He said: "We have been getting disgruntled Barnsley season ticket holders come to watch us and they have enjoyed it. "There's no reason people can't come and watch both clubs' games, particularly this Saturday (after the Reds play Sheffield United at 12.15pm, the Ducks host Chasetown from 3pm).

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"I want people to give us a chance. Football's our sport in Barnsley and you can see a good standard at Shaw Lane for just £5. We will always keep prices low. We could really kick on if we had a bigger fanbase."