Non League: Stocksbridge Steels can end poor home displays

Stocksbridge Park Steels Ben Turner in a battle against Sheffield
Stocksbridge Park Steels Ben Turner in a battle against Sheffield
0
Have your say

Stocksbridge Park Steels must take full advantage of Coalville Town’s poor run of form when the two teams meet at Bracken Moor this weekend.

Steels are without a league win on home soil in four games since beating Carlton Town in early September, while the visitors have lost nine of the last 10 outings with the only victory coming in something of a surprise 1-0 home success against the Division One South leaders Sutton Coldfield Town.

Defender Ben Turner is set to make the switch across the city from Stocksbridge to Sheffield FC and could make his Club debut at Romulus.

Defender Ben Turner is set to make the switch across the city from Stocksbridge to Sheffield FC and could make his Club debut at Romulus.

The Leicestershire outfit have picked up just three points in nine away trips. Stocksbridge go into the game in 17th spot just one place above Coalville with just goal difference separating the teams.

Sheffield FC interim boss Jordan Broadbent is confident he can help the club move forward after his friend and mentor Mick Wadsworth resigned earlier this week.

“I’ve known Mick for a good few years” said Broadbent “He’s been my mentor so there is no-one more disappointed than me to see him go. But you have to respect his decision and wish him well. You have to keep moving forward in football and I’m very positive about the future. We’ve got some good footballers and with a couple of additions we’ll have got a very decent team.”

Broadbent expects to have signed defender Ben Turner from neighbours Stocksbridge in time for Saturdays trip to Romulus.

“He’s a player we have been after for a while. We believe he can develop a partnership on the left with Jinky (James Gregory) that will excite the supporters.”

Broadbent was pleased to get his tenure off to a winning start with a 2-1 victory over Kidsgrove Athletic on Tuesday that ended a run of three defeats on the trot.

He said; “We tinkered with the selection after last Saturday’s defeat and got a reaction from the boys. We passed the ball really well we just didn’t take out chances, sometimes you just have to be happy with the three points and win ugly.”

Looking ahead to the trip to Romulus said “It will be difficult on the 3G pitch, although it’s the same for both teams they will be more used to it than us.”

Romulus have lost the last three in the league at home.

Frickley Athletic go in search of a first league win in four at Ilkeston FC, while Matlock Town welcome Premier Division leaders Skelmersdale United to Causeway Lane.

Second-placed Buxton will look to hang on to the coattails of the leaders with a win at Rushall Olympic.

FIXTURES

SATURDAY.

Premier Division: Ilkeston FC v Frickley Athletic, Matlock Town v Skelmersdale United, Rushall Olympic v Buxton.

Division One South: Romulus v Sheffield FC, Stocksbridge Park Steels Coalville Town.