It’s too much to bear for Steels boss Chris Hilton on a poor weekend for our local non-league clubs

Chris Hilton can't bear to watch his Stocksbridge side
Chris Hilton can't bear to watch his Stocksbridge side
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Once again our Saturday record was nothing short of a shambles - four of our clubs lost, three without scoring a goal, two managed draws whilst two did not play.

It really is not good enough, and this coming weekend sees our clubs facing eight crucial league games.

In the Evo-Stik Division One South, our clubs are playing themselves into a relegation dogfight.

Last Saturday, Sheffield FC travelled to top of the table Sutton Coldfield Town without seven first team players, and crashed to another 3-0 defeat. The loss leaves them with one win in six outings and they have conceded eighteen goals, whilst scoring only six.

They have fallen to 16th in the table and on Saturday, they entertain Coalville Town who are just a place below them, so three points are clearly a must.

Stocksbridge Park Steeks lost 2-0 at a struggling Carlton Town, in a game manager Chris Hilton had told his players they must win. But despite his new-look squad blending well they simply could not find the net and paid the price, as Carlton jumped above them in the table. On Saturday they entertain a much-troubled Loughborough Dynamos.

In the Toolstations NCEL First Division, Hallam entertained Dronfield Town in a crucial relegation match, but it was questionable whether the referee should have started the game, which was eventually abandoned after 40 minutes with no goals.

Then on Tuesday night, Hallam’s League Cup Tie away at Worsbrough Bridge was rained off. They now travel to Yorkshire Amateurs on Saturday and return to Sandygate next Tuesday for a big clash against second-placed Clipstone Welfare.

In Division One, Worksop beat Handsworth Parramore 2-0 in the battle of Sandy Lane, in front of a healthy 542 crowd.

On Tuesday, Parramore beat ten-man Armthorpe Welfare 5-0 in the League Cup. On Saturday, they face Parkgate. The Steelmen drew 4-4 at Green Lane last Saturday against Barton Town, who hit two injury-time goals to snatch a point.