Sheffield FC and Stocksbridge Steels chase victories

Stocksbridge goalkeeper David Reay - Big doubt for FA Trophy trip to Ilkeston FC. Pic by Peter Revitt
Stocksbridge goalkeeper David Reay - Big doubt for FA Trophy trip to Ilkeston FC. Pic by Peter Revitt
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Sheffield FC host bottom of the table Tividale as they pursue a first win in six outings.

Andy Kiwomya feels that Sheffield’s status of the world’s oldest club means other teams have a tendency to raise their game against his side. “When teams win against us its like a carnival atmosphere for them” said the Sheffield boss. “You have to come to deal with it, it’s part of managing and playing for this famous club. It’s something that I’ve certainly learned since being here.”

Despite the recent run of poor results, Club are unbeaten in four at home and will be expected to extend that run against a side without a win in eight on the road and with just two victories in 17 league outings.

“Hopefully we’ll get back to where we were a few weeks ago,” said Kiwomya. “We have not got points from games we should have done but it’s up to us to rectify that. We’ve had a few decisions go against us that were costly. Hopefully we’ll get a bit of luck and a few decisions go our way.”

Stocksbridge Park Steels go to Ilkeston Town in the FA Trophy Second Qualifying Round for what manager Chris Hilton describes as their hardest game of the season. “They have just won the Team of the Month award” said Hilton. “They’ve got a good academy that keeps pushing players through some of whom join professional clubs. “We’ll be underdogs, but we go there trying to win or at least get a replay. We’re five games unbeaten now and we’ve scored 10 in the last three games against good opposition so we’ve got a chance but it will be a big ask.”

Steels go into the clash on the back of a 3-2 League Cup win at Harrogate on Monday despite playing the second half with a stand-in keeper. And whilst Hilton was pleased with the result he felt it was game that perhaps shouldn’t have been played. “The pitch was horrendous after heavy rain. We could have done without the game, we had a few niggles so we’ve had to shuffle the pack. Lee Thompson has had to play centre back and young Ben Rhodes filled in at fullback. Corey Gregory and Andy Fox have not started the last two games so it was good for them to get a run out. Unfortunately the win as come at a cost. We had to take David Reay off with a groin problem. He’s a big doubt for Saturday so it likes like we may have to bring in another goalkeeper on-loan.”

Shaw Lane Aquaforce entertain Premier Division Matlock Town with the Ducks hoping to bounce back after suffering a first defeat in 11 outings, losing 2-0 at Farsley Celtic in the League Cup on Tuesday. Shaw Lane fancy their chances of an upset against the Gladiators, who have not won in regulation time on the road in 10 outings.

Buxton should progress at the Silverlands against Division One North opponents Radcliffe Borough, while Frickley Athletic are in league action where they face next to bottom Stamford at Westfield Lane.

Fixtures

FA Trophy Second Qualifying Round: Buxton v Radcliffe Borough, Ilkeston FC v Stocksbridge Park Steels, Shaw Lane Aquaforce v Matlock Town.

Premier Division: Frickley Athletic v Stamford.

Division One South: Sheffield FC v Tividale.