SHEFFIELD FC: Home debut for loanee Waddle

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SHEFFIELD FC face their first home game of 2013 with the visit of Halesowen Town to Dronfield.

It is also the first home match for manager Ian Whitehorne since being appointed on a permanent basis until the end of the season following the resignation of Curtis Woodhouse after the 5-1 home defeat against Belper Town, on Boxing Day.

Whitehorne has steadied the ship with four points from two league games since taking charge as well as guiding Club into the third round the League Cup following Tuesday’s 5-3 extra-time victory at Division One rivals Brigg Town.

Halesowen arrive ninth in the table, four points better off than Sheffield in 12th, but having played three games more.

“It will be a tricky fixture, they are going well and arrive on the back of a 5-0 win against Romulus and carry a threat from goal-a-game man Ben Hasley” said the Sheffield boss. “We’ll be trying to turn our home fortunes round with only one win here in our last seven. But confidence is high after two wins and a draw, in our last three games.”

Whitehorne is likely to give home debuts to Jack Waddle, on-loan from Chesterfield, along with fellow midfielder Richard Stirrup who was cup tied for the trip to Brigg.

“We have no real injury worries and Tuesday’s cup win saw the return of midfielder Andy Gascoigne from suspension” he said. “Although he was bit short of match fitness Andy got through 120 minutes and set up three goals for Jack Muldoon.”

The game gives Sheffield an opportunity to complete a league double following victory at Halesowen in October.

Relegation threatened Stocksbridge Park Steels take on Witton Albion at Bracken Moor. Steels climbed out of the drop zone following last week’s last gasp 2-1 victory at rock-bottom Eastwood Town.

Now manager Darren Schofield will hope his side can build on the win as they bid to steer clear of trouble. But it looks a tough task against a Witton team third in the table and with just one defeat in the last nine, while Stocksbridge’s poor home form has seen them win just once in 11 games on home soil.

Frickley Athletic go to Ilkeston FC hoping to end a shocking away league record which has seen them fail to pick up a single point in 10 games on the road.

Worksop Town - fifth in the table - host second-placed Hednesford Town fresh from a mid-week League Cup victory against Frickley.

Matlock Town entertain Grantham Town where Mark Atkins men will go in search of a first win in four. Buxton travel to play-off rivals Ashton United.