Sheffield boss Curtis Woodhouse applauds Club character

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SHEFFIELD boss Curtis Woodhouse is looking for his side to bounce back from their first league defeat in eight games when they welcome Brigg Town.

Club lost 3-2 against Sutton Coldfield Town despite a fight back after the visitors had gone 3-0 up in 16 minutes.

“After last week’s setback it’s important we get back to winning ways,” said Woodhouse. “We were poor against Sutton and didn’t deserve anything; it was the worse we have played since I’ve been here.

“The one thing about the lads though is that they have a never say die attitude and work hard for each which shows the tremendous spirit we have in the camp. But you cannot keep giving other teams two goals start and expect to keep get away with it.

“We are one of the highest scorers in the division but we do need to tighten up at the back.

“But it’s early days, we have only played 10 games and are still finding our feet and trying to get the right balance.”

Sheffield remain in fourth some 16 points behind Division One South leaders Coalville Town but with four games in hand as the Leicestershire side suffered a 2-1 defeat at bottom of the table Lincoln United on Tuesday.

“This is a tough division and Lincoln’s win at Coalville just shows anyone can beat anyone,” said the Sheffield manager. “There are just five points covering 14 teams between the play-off places and the bottom six which shows just how tight it is. Brigg are in that mix and we know they will give us a tough game but we have the quality here to beat anyone on the day and we will be looking to go another unbeaten run.”

Brigg are just three points behind Sheffield.

Stocksbridge Park Steels go to promotion-chasing Marine having dropped into the bottom two following defeat at Whitby Town on Wednesday.

Darren Schofield’s team desperately need to start picking up points, but it’s difficult to see them coming away with anything at Marine, who have lost just once in five at the Arriva Stadium. Frickley Athletic travel to Blyth Spartans.

In the FA Trophy Second Qualifying Round, Worksop Town face a potential banana skin at South Halesowen Town, while Matlock also face Division One opponents with Leek Town the visitors. Buxton host Premier rivals North Ferriby.