STOCKSBRIDGE Park Steels go to fellow strugglers Ilkeston knowing defeat may see them slip back into the Premier Division’s bottom two.
Steels boss Darren Schofield said: “It’s a big game for us and we need to return to the form we should last Saturday against Grantham.
“We were solid at the back and limited them to only a couple of chances and deserved the win. On Tuesday against North Ferriby United we were disappointing. They are a good team but we gave sloppy goals away rather than Ferriby creating them.”
Wins for bottom of the table Whitby Town and Eastwood Town on Wednesday evening that took the pair out of the bottom two where they were replaced by Frickley and Ilkeston cranked up the pressure on Stocksbridge, but Schofield isn’t unduly worried on what others do.
“I’m not overly concerned what other teams do particularly at this stage of the season,” said the Steels boss. “We cannot influence other results it’s about what we do on the pitch that matters.”
Schofield revealed that he had re-signed goalkeeper Ben Scott and more new faces are set to. “I can confirm that Ben (Scott) is a Stocksbridge player,” said Schofield. “It’s a great signing for us he is an excellent goalkeeper and it couldn’t have come at a better time with Adam (Billard) suspended for Saturday. I’m also hoping to bring in a couple more players early next week.”
The 2-1 win at Grantham Town last week was Steels first of the season which saw them climb to 18th and two points clear of the bottom two. They dropped one place following midweek results
Ilkeston are second from bottom, two points behind Steels but with three games in hand shows just how important it is that Stocksbridge come away with the three-points.
Sheffield FC embark on a run of four consecutive league games at the BT Local Business Stadium starting with the visit of Hucknall Town tomorrow.
It gives Club - currently third in Division One South - an ideal opportunity to close the gap on the top two. Sheffield go into the weekend fixtures eight points behind leaders Coalville Town with two games in hand and five behind second-placed Kings Lynn Town with a game to spare.
Elsewhere, Frickley Athletic entertain Stafford Rangers and Worksop Town will aim to bounce back from the home defeat against struggling Eastwood on Wednesday by making it four away wins on the spin in all outings at Marine.
Matlock Town host Eastwood Town while Buxton take on Blyth Spartans.