Non League: Thomas departure adds to Club’s woes

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Cash-strapped Sheffield FC take on promotion chasing Coalville Town at Dronfield as they search for a first win in seven matches.

Sheffield’s financial problems has led to a transfer embargo being placed on them and a number of senior players leaving the club.

And just when manager Ian Whitehorne thought it couldn’t get any worse, it did with striker Zeph Thomas joining the growing list of departures after signing for Division One South rivals Mickleover Sports earlier this week.

“It’s a massive blow,” admitted Whitehorne. “He has been excellent for us since arriving last October scoring 20 goals. But our financial situation means we cannot match anywhere near what Mickleover are offering.”

Whitehorne is concerned that further departures could follow before the transfer window shuts at the end of the month.

He said: “We have had an inquiry about James Gregory from another Division One South club and a top Premier team is chasing Andy Gascoigne.

“It’s all very worrying at the moment and if we’re not careful we could get to a situation where we could struggle to put an 11 out.

Whitehorne is hoping that the situation will change before the end of March.

“If we get the embargo lifted before the March 31 deadline, then we can at least look at getting some players in to get us through until the end season,” he said.

Elsewhere, Stocksbridge Park Steels travel to Trafford looking to bounce back after a narrow 3-2 defeat at play-off chasing Ashton United on Wednesday.

Worksop Town will look to bounce back from last week’s defeat at leaders Chorley with a win over mid-table Marine at Sandy Lane. The visitors arrive on the back of a poor run which has seen them lose five of the last six with their only win coming in a 4-0 victory at bottom of the table Droylsden last month.

Frickley Athletic go in search of a fourth successive league win at Nantwich Town.