STOCKSBRIDGE Park Steels host Worksop Town tomorrow and boss Darren Schofield expects another tough game as his side bid to climb out of the Premier Division’s bottom two.
Steels have drawn the last two at home against Hednesford Town and Marine (3-3 and 2-2) two teams riding high in the Premier table, yet they were games where Stocksbridge felt unlucky not to have come away with all three points.
“Worksop are a good team who are going well particularly away from home,” said Schofield. “But we’ve have shown in the last few weeks that we are capable of getting a result against anyone. I don’t think we’d have lost at Nantwich last weekend if Nick Swiard hadn’t been sent off. We made a great start scored a goal from a set-piece but then found ourselves down to 10 men after five minutes. Swirad was unlucky; I don’t think it was a sending-off.
“It’s disappointing because Nick’s been playing really well since switching to centre-back. We then get done at three set-pieces, which is disappointing and something we need to work. But I’m pleased with our commitment and work rate.”
The boss was also full of praise for the supporters saying. “The crowd have really got behind us in the last few games from the off and stayed with us even when we have gone behind. It makes a difference and I think they appreciate the effort the team is now putting in.”
Striker Nathan Joynes is out (hamstring) while winger Chris Bettney should be available to face his former club.
Worksop will be without 11 goal striker Tom Denton after he was recalled to parent club Alfreton Town.
Elsewhere in the Premier Division, Frickley Athletic go to fifth in the table Ashton United hoping to end a run of nine straight away defeats.
Matlock Town entertain Stafford Rangers while Buxton face a difficult trip to Witton Albion who won the last three at home in league and cup.
In Division One South, Sheffield FC have a trip to third from bottom Loughborough Dynamo. Curtis Woodhouse’s side will aim to build on last week’s solid performance which earned a 1-0 win at Newcastle Town.
The hosts are without a win in four at home but Club will be wary of the threat the Leicestershire side pose following their 2-1 success at Dronfield earlier in the season.