With their FA Cup dreams over, it’s back to the bread and butter of league action for Sheffield FC with the visit of Spalding United.
Club’s 3-1 replay defeat against Warrington left them without a win in four outings since beating Dinnington FC 4-0 in the Senior Cup. Assistant manager Jordan Broadbent says there are likely to be changes: “We were disappointed to have gone out of the cup. We gave away two goals by individual mistakes after we’d been on top. We got a reaction from the lads in the second half and pulled one back but were hit on the counter attack.”
Looking forward to the clash with mid-table Spalding Broadbent said: “It’s important that we get a positive a result.
“We’ll be without James Knowles with a dislocated thumb but we’ll be looking other changes to freshen things up; we’ll give others an opportunity to stake a claim.”
Sheffield have shown good form on home soil in the league where they have picked up nine-points from four games.
Stocksbridge Park Steels travel to fellow strugglers Market Drayton Town as they seek a first win in six games after taking just one point from the last five outings.
It leaves Steels in the bottom two and level on points with third-bottom Market Drayton.
Both teams have identical league records from 10 games. Even at this early stage of the season the importance of the game was not lost on manager Chris Hilton.
“We must pick up the three-points, we certainly can’t afford to lose” he said.
Hilton is aware of how couple of wins can quickly change the picture and used Frickley Athletic as a prime example said; “We are only six points off 10th place so if you can string a few results together like Frickley it can make a huge difference. Like ourselves they were in the bottom two only a couple of weeks ago but have gone on a run that’s seen them take 10 points from the last four games and are now halfway up the table.”
Having brought in midfielder Lee Thompson last weekend, Hilton is still hoping to add to the squad said: “Lee did well for us against Romulus and showed his experience.
“We could do with a couple of experienced players in midfield as well as a striker to give us a bit more firepower. We’re working on getting one maybe two more players in before the weekend. It’s difficult trying to convince players it’s the right move for them when you’re at the bottom end of the table.”
Nathan Joynes ended his and Steels drought scoring in the 2-1 defeat against Romulus and is the clubs top scorer with just three goals hence the reason behind Hilton’s need for another forward.
Frickley Athletic could reach top six if they beat Stamford at Westfield Lane as Karl Rose side look to extend their unbeaten run to five games, while the visitors have picked up just one point from the last four outings
The Silverlands hosts the battle of the Premier Division’s top two as leaders Buxton take on Skelmersdale United with Martin McIntosh’s in-form side aiming for a eighth consecutive league win and 13 without defeat in all competitions.
At the other end of the table, Matlock Town host fellow strugglers and next to bottom Halesowen Town where only goal difference separates the two teams
Premier Division: Buxton v Skelmersdale United, Frickley Athletic v Stamford, Matlock Town v Halesowen Town.
Division One South: Market Drayton Town v Stocksbridge Park Steels, Sheffield FC v Spalding United.