Local football: Six-pointer for Steels

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STOCKSBRIDGE Park Steels take on fellow strugglers Grantham Town at Bracken Moor this weekend in a game that will go a long way to deciding which division the teams are likely to be competing in next season.

Steels boss Darren Schofield said: “It’s a big game, the proverbial six-pointer, it’s one we are looking forward to. We will not be relegated on the outcome but a win will put us one point behind them with three games in hand. Confidence-wise it will be a massive boost to whoever comes away with points.”

Schofield watched Grantham beaten 2-1 by AFC Fylde last weekend said: “They worked hard for each other and in the end were unlucky not to have get a point.”

Stocksbridge warmed up for the game with a 2-1 extra-time win over AFC Emley in the Sheffield Senior Cup on Tuesday.

“I was pleased it was a good test for us rather than an easy game after not playing for a couple of weeks” said Schofield. “All credit to Emley they look a good young side and gave us a proper game.” Nathan Forbes-Swindells, Alec Denton, Chris Coy and Matt Telling all return to the squad after missing the cup tie.

Sheffield FC will be pulling out the stops to try and ensure this weekend’s home clash with Gresley FC goes ahead. Tuesday’s game against Lincoln United was the third in a row at Dronfield to be postponed but boss Ian Whitehorne is hopeful tomorrow will go ahead. “The ground staff worked hard to get Tuesday’s match on but we failed a pitch inspection,” said Whitehorne. “Fingers crossed we can get the game on.”

But for one player the postponements means it will be another game on the sidelines. Matt Roney was due to complete a three-match suspension but the midfielder, who was hoping to celebrate his 30th birthday with a recall to the team, will have to settle for a watching brief from the stands.

Whitehorne could hand a debut to new signing Joel Purkiss who has rejoined the club for a second spell. The forward had been training with League One Walsall while turning out for Evo-Stik Premier Rushall Olympic since returning from a spell in America.

“It’s great to have Joel back with us,” said the Sheffield boss. “Since he last played here he’s had a year in the States and trained with a pro club so I’m sure we will see a big improvement on the lad that left us a few years ago.”