Sheffield FC boss Ian Whitehorne is unlikely to make sweeping changes for the visit of Division One South leaders Leek Town despite blaming individual errors for last weekend’s defeat to promotion rivals Sutton Town Coldfield.
“If I’m honest I don’t think we need to make big changes” said Whitehorne. “We had a good result at Mickleover the week before and didn’t change things around, so do you change it on the back of one poor result?” Whitehorne is reasonably happy with his team’s overall performances this season and pointed out that Club had lost only one of the last eight league games prior to the defeat against Sutton.
“We’ve had a good run and not really been out-played by anyone this season” he said “But we were the architects of our own downfall against Sutton and that’s been our undoing. We have made mistakes with the some sloppy defending which is really frustrating. We have got to be mentally stronger and make sure we don’t switch off.”
The Sheffield boss knows it will be tough against a Leek side that are four points clear at the top. He said “It will be a very big ask for us. They are going well and will come here confident. They will have looked at our result against Sutton and think they can come here and go away with all three points so hopefully they might be a little complacent. They have got a bit of pace but we have got two quick fullbacks in Ben Turner and Steve Woolley and we have James Gregory back which is a plus as it adds further pace. It certainly has all the makings of a good game.”
There has been some interest in striker Zeph Thomas but Whitehorne is hopeful of holding onto his leading scorer. “Zeph’s hit 15 goals in 16 games so naturally people are looking at him. We need to hang onto to him, it’s imperative to our promotion challenge that we keep him here you can’t just go out and find another scorer at the drop of a hat. He’s happy here and enjoying his football and that’s counts for a lot.”
In the Premier Division, Stocksbridge Park Steels go to rock bottom Droylsden in a must-win game for the Sheffield Club. Droylsden, who Steels beat 3-1 on the opening day have picked up just two points in 22 league outings since being relegated from the Conference North and look set for a second success relegation. Stocksbridge go into the game 11 points shy of safety - nothing less than three points will do.
In-form Worksop Town travel to promotion rivals FC United of Manchester having picked up 16 points from the last 18 available.
The Tigers go into the game in fourth, one place and four points ahead of United, who are also unbeaten in the last six in the league.
Frickley Athletic host fellow strugglers Stamford where just goal-difference separates the two teams in 19 and 20th respectively.
Matlock Town entertain relegation threatened Trafford as they look for the three-points that will keep them in touch with the play-off places, while Buxton could climb into the top five with a win at lowly Witton Albion.