‘Do not self destruct’ will be the message greeting Sheffield FC players as they enter the home dressing room ahead of this weekend’s game against Bedworth United, says manager Ian Whitehorne.
The Club boss is referring to another calamitous last minute error that gifted Brigg Town 2-1 victory in the last outing. “We shot ourself in the foot yet again” said Whitehorne.
“We’ve got back to 1-1 in a game where we should have two or three up. We’re in the last minute and our centre-back passes the ball across his own box instead of clearing, it’s intercepted and they score.
“You can’t legislate for those sorts of mistakes, it’s not something you can put right in training. We’re not getting outplayed we just seem intent on self destructing in games, so perhaps I’ll put up a big sign in the dressing room as a reminder not to press the self destruct button, maybe that will work.”
Club had a change from the usual training on Tuesday.
“It was a miserable damp night, so we took them off to relax and had a pool knockout. It was a chance for the lads to get together and talk things through, they know that they are good team and better than recent results suggest. It helped lift the mood and everyone is focused on getting a win against Bedworth.”
James Gregory and Richard Stirrup are set to return after injury but leading scorer Zeph Thomas is not likely to be risked and is likely to be given another weeks rest.
Meanwhile, Jamie Hadfield has been given the captain’s armband following Warren Burrell’s departure. “He was the natural choice, he is a leader and organiser on the pitch and deserves it,” said Whitehorne.
Stocksbridge Park Steels host play-off chasing Whitby Town; Darren Schofield’s side will be chasing a first win in eight games.
Whitby are unbeaten in the last 10 league games, while Steels are 11 points from safety. “We’ve got to keep believing that we can do it (avoid relegation) and go out there and win games,” said Schofield.
Worksop Town could hand home debuts to former Sheffield FC duo Burrell and Tom Burgin for the visit of Buxton. Burrell featured in the 3-1 victory at Barwell last weekend as the Tigers ended their three match losing streak but Burgin was not in the match day 16.
Buxton are without a win in the last six that has seen them pick up just two points from the 18 available and which has seen them plummet down the table to 16th and are now closer to the drop zone than the play-off places, while Worksop in third are just five points off top spot. Meanwhile Jack Broadhead has returned to parent club Chesterfield following his loan without making an appearance for the Tigers.
Relegation threatened Frickley Athletic entertain promotion chasing Ashton United where a defeat could see the Blues slip into the bottom four.
Karl Rose’s side are without a win in four since beating relegation rivals Stocksbridge 4-3 on Boxing Day and are now just two points above the drop zone. And Frickley suffered a further blow this week after skipper Matty Bloor suffered a dislocated ankle that forced the abandonment of the league cup tie at Brigg Town on Tuesday after it was feared Bloor had initially broken his leg.
Matlock Town are away at lowly Stamford where the Gladiators will be hoping to stretch their unbeaten run to four games.