Sheffield FC: the team that wants home games to feel like away games

Striker Zeph Thomas could return after missing midweek 2-1 win at Chasetown.  Please credit Barry R Dyke.
Striker Zeph Thomas could return after missing midweek 2-1 win at Chasetown. Please credit Barry R Dyke.
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Sheffield boss Jordan Broadent is contemplating changing the way his team play when they take on Coalville Town at Dronfield this weekend.

Club stretched their unbeaten away run to seven games following a 2-1 win at Chasetown on Tuesday, but in stark contrast have lost eight of the last nine on home soil.

“We know how to play away from home and it’s a style that seems to suit us. We’re a lot more disciplined when we go away; we have a game plan and stick to It.” said Broadbent. “When we’re at home the players are given much more freedom to express themselves. So perhaps we’ll go into Saturday’s game as if it’s an away match; it’s certainly something I’ll be looking at.”

Although the Sheffield boss says it’s difficult to put a finger on the reason behind the recent dip in home form, he does admit their poor pitch doesn’t help. “There’s no doubt we play much better on good pitches. We’re a team that likes to get the ball down and pass and our ground doesn’t help us to do that, but I wouldn’t use that as an excuse. We’re having a new pitch next season, so that’s something that will help.”

Broadbent will continue to play some the club’s promising youngsters in the remaining games.

“I’ve felt we have been safe for some time so it’s nice to be planning for next season and taking a look at the young players. We’ve had a few injuries and players that were not available so that’s given me the opportunity to bring in some of the youth team players.

“Danny Barnsley was fantastic against Chasetown; he had to come off late on because he had run himself into the ground. Liam Bryan and Mark Fereday also got a run out, while Keenan McKenzie-Grey came on late on up front for his debut. They are lads I have worked with for the last two years so I know what they can do and they’ll be given an opportunity in the last few games.”

Ben Turner could return after missing the last two games with injury with Zeph Thomas also likely to return after being rested in midweek due to hamstring concerns.

Coalville arrive 11th in the table and will be looking to avoid a fourth away defeat on the spin.

Stocksbridge Park Steels go to play-off chasing Spalding United where manager Chris Hilton says his team are more than capable of denting their hosts promotion hopes.

“There is no pressure on us to get a result we can go there and enjoy our football without the worry of having to get something out of the game,” said Hilton “Spalding have got to win to make sure they stay in the play-off places. But if we play like we did in the first half at Coalville last weekend and as we did in the second half against Brigg when we could have had six or seven goals, we’ll be alright.”

Brandon Cardwell will come back into the reckoning after being rested against Brigg. Paul Haigh has a slight groin strain but full-back Martin Scully could make his first start in over a month following injury after getting 20 minutes under his belt in midweek.

Fixtures Premier Division: Matlock Town v Kings Lynn Town, Stourbridge v Buxton.

Division One South: Sheffield FC v Coalville Town, Spalding United v Stocksbridge Park Steels.