Football: Club go to Market with team decisions to make

Karl Colley on the ball for Sheffield FC
Karl Colley on the ball for Sheffield FC
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Sheffield FC boss Ian Whitehorne faces a selection poser for the trip to struggling Market Drayton Town.

Club beat Worsbrough Bridge Athletic 3-1 on penalties in the Senior Cup on Tuesday which saw a return to the starting line up for goalkeeper Liam Flynn after being displaced by Adam Billard.

Defender Karl Colley was also back in the team after missing the last two games, while there were starts for Vill Powell and attacking midfielder Watheq Al-Hakam.

Flynn and Colley both staked their claim for a place in the starting 11 tomorrow with impressive performances to give Whitehorne food for thought.

“We gave a few players a rest in mid-week which opens the door for others,” said Whitehorne. “Liam Flynn went back in goal and showed what he can do and did really as did Karl Colley and Vill Powell.

“Everyone came through the tie okay so we have no injury worries and have almost a full squad to choose from with the exception of Ben Turner who is still out with a groin injury.

“So that will give us a few selection headaches.”

Market Drayton are without a win in 2013 a run of ten games which sees them fifth from bottom of Division One South and were beaten 3-1 at the BT Local Business Stadium last month.

But Whitehorne is taking nothing for granted. He said: “It’s a funny league where anyone can beat anyone.

“We had a good result against them a few weeks ago at our place, so they will be looking to put that right.”

The Sheffield boss also confirmed that striker Nathan Forbes Swindells has left the club.

“We have done a deal to let Nathan go to Stocksbridge Park Steels,” said Whitehorne.

“It didn’t really work out with us.

“Nathan is a great lad and a talented player but we had four strikers for one spot, which meant he wasn’t getting much game time.

“We wish him all the best and hope he fires the goals that leads them up to safety.”

Swindells could well make his debut for Stocksbridge at Premier Division leaders North Ferriby United.

Park Steels boss Darren Schofield could be contemplating making changes following the disappointing showing in the 4-1 home defeat against Whitby Town last weekend.

Worksop Town face what is a crucial away game at play-off rivals Witton Albion in what is the proverbial six-pointer.

The Tigers are seventh in the Evo-Stik Premier Division just a point behind their fifth-placed hosts having played the same number of games.

Witton’s home form is none too impressive for a team chasing promotion with just six wins from 15 games at Wincham Park, while Worksop will be looking for a third successive win following victories at Kendal and Eastwood Town.

Frickley Athletic have the chance to put further daylight between themselves and the drop zone when they go to relegation threatened Kendal Town, who are kept out of the bottom two on goal-difference only.

However, the Blues go into the game with a shocking away record that has seen them pick up just one point from 13 games.

Elsewhere, Matlock Town go to championship chasing Hednesford Town looking for a third win in four matches on the road, while Buxton could move into the play-off places with a win over mid-table Stafford Rangers at the Silverlands.