HEAVY rain denied Sheffield FC the opportunity to brush off the cobwebs ahead of what promises to be a tough trip to Sutton Coldfield Town tomorrow.
Club were due to host North Ferriby United in the third round of the Doodson Sport League Cup on Wednesday. The tie had already been put back 24 hours to give the Dronfield pitch more time to dry out. However, heavy downpours meant the tie was postponed for a third time leaving the teams to try again on February, 12.
Manager Ian Whitehorne acknowledges it will be tough for his side particularly with Sutton having the advantage of a 3G pitch. “It will be a difficult game, they play on 3G every week so it has to be an advantage but we can’t use that as an excuse,” said Whitehorne.
“We played there against Romulus (round-sharers with Sutton) a few weeks age and we were awful but we did well enough on it last season.”
Sutton have won seven and drawn one of the last eight in the league at home and go into the game third in Division South, They also won 3-2 at Dronfield in October where Sheffield conceded three goals inside the opening 16 minutes.
Whitehorne has boosted squad ahead of the game by signing defender Lee Cooksey who joins the club for a second spell, while striker Nathan Forbes-Swindells arrives from Staveley with both players expected to make debuts.
Stocksbridge Park Steels take their fight against relegation from the Premier Division to Rushall Olympic where Darren Schofield’s men will be looking to complete a first league double of the season. Danny South and a Danny Joynes double earned Steels a 3-0 victory when the teams met in October. Stocksbridge go into the game unbeaten in the last two which sees them four points clear of the drop zone, while mid-table Rushall have been in fine form since the turn of the year where they are unbeaten in five outings.
Schofield is expected to be boosted by the return of Will Senior, Jordan Thewlis and Joynes from injury.
Frickley Athletic will look to boost their survival hopes with a win over Blyth Spartans. Manager Karl Rose is likely to hand debuts to his three new signings goalkeeper Jamie Green from Brigg Town along with defenders Joe Wilcox and Gareth Clayton from Ilkeston and Sheffield FC respectively.
Worksop Town aim to get their promotion push back on track, after losing the last three, with a win at Whitby Town. They will be without the injured Luke Shiels and Craig King. Matlock Town and Buxton are at home against Ashton United and FC United respectively.