Sheffield FC boss demands place at top table

Zeph Thomas scores for Sheffield. Pic Ben Webster
Zeph Thomas scores for Sheffield. Pic Ben Webster
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Sheffield FC boss Ian Whitehorne is backing his team to go on another unbeaten run when they take on relegated Eastwood Town at Dronfield.

Club were beaten for the first time in eight games on Monday losing 3-0 at Romulus but Whitehorne said: “If we can bounce back every time we have a defeat and go on another little run then we’re going to be there or thereabouts at the end of the season.

“What’s important is they you don’t suddenly lose two or three games in a row. We are not a championship side but I think we have enough in us to stay in and around the leading pack.”

Whitehorne said there were aspects of the game at Romulus pleased him. “We were all over the place in the first 20 minutes or so, but I was really pleased with how we reacted. We had most of the possession after that and Zeph (Thomas) who has been in great form lately could have had another couple of goals to add to his hat-trick at Ashton. If we can take that into Saturday against Eastwood then we should be alright.”

With central defender Jamie Hadfield out for up to 10 weeks, Whitehorne confirmed the signing of defender Brandon Cardwell from Worksop Parramore saying; “He’s a big strong lad, what you would call a typical centre half. He already knows many of our players so it’s noe a problem for him settling in.”

Stocksbridge Park Steels go to FC United in search of a first away win of the season. Manager Darren Schofield says his team need to tighten up in defence and cut out the mistakes. He said: “I don’t think we have had the rub of the green, we have had some big decisions go against us. That said we have made mistakes that has cost, either we don’t get tight enough on players or we don’t go with runners. But we are a young team and young players make mistakes.”

He added: “It’s not like we are getting thumped every week it’s just we seem to get punished for every mistake.

“We are at least creating chances and if you do that then you will win games. But we have scored ten goals in the last three and lost them all which is ridiculous and heartbreaking at the same time.

“It will be hard against FC United, it’s never an easy place to go and with the big crowd they have behind them. But we will go with a positive mindset.”

Worksop Town welcome Chorley to Sandy Lane where manager Mark Shaw will be keen for his side to show the defensive resilience that brought them a 5-0 home victory in the last home outing 10-days ago.

The Tigers were thumped 7-2 at Ramsbottom United in the FA Trophy a week ago and although Shaw saw his side bounce back with a 5-4 victory at Stocksbridge on Tuesday, it will be a concern to the Worksop boss the amount of goals his defence are leaking.

Chorley are third in the table and having lost just one of their 13 league outings.

Frickley Athletic take on bottom of the table Droylsden at Westfield Lane. The Blues are without a win in four having drawn 1-1 at Barwell earlier in the week where they were rescued by an Oliver Fearon last minute time equaliser. Droylsden have made a dreadful start to the season since being relegated from the Conference North and prop up the Premier Division table where they are without a win in 14 outings.

Matlock Town face Ilkeston FC at Causeway Lane where Mark Atkins side will look to bounce back from a narrow 1-0 defeat at leaders Skelmersdale, while Buxton could move into the play-off places with a win at lowly Trafford.