Sheffield non-league side Stocksbridge resume survival fight

Nathan Joynes - you've been gone too long
Nathan Joynes - you've been gone too long
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WITH last weekend’s home clash against Stafford Rangers postponed due to a frozen pitch, Stocksbridge return to action tomorrow with the visit of Whitby Town with boss Darren Schofield thankful for the extra week’s rest.

He said; “Tommy Agus has been struggling with a thigh problem and Jordan Thewlis has had a problem with a tight hamstring.

“The extra week has given them longer to recover and both should be okay to be included in the squad tomorrow.

“It also allowed the time for us to get Alec Denton in on a month’s loan from Rotherham United. He is someone we have looked at before, he is very quick and has been scoring a lot of goals for Rotherham’s reserves so hopefully he will come here and do the same.”

With Nathan Joynes now over his recent injury problems it gives Schofield further options in attack with Danny South, Thewlis and Denton battling it out for the two starting places up front.

The Steels boss knows they need to make a good start against a Whitby side that have lost just one of the last six away in league and cup. “They are a very hard working and organised and have a striker in Craig Farrell who has been scoring plenty of goals lately,” said Schofield.

”We need to come out of the block flying and get them on the back foot we have to do our talking on the pitch.”

Sheffield FC will hope they can slow down Coalville Town’s charge towards the Division One South title as the runaway league leaders pay a call at Dronfield.

Club have come through a sticky patch that saw them lose four games on the trot to win the last three culminating in Tuesday’s 1-0 victory at Leek Town, which came just a couple of weeks after the Staffordshire side had won 2-0 at Dronfield that resulted in boss Ian Whithorne’s stinging criticism of his team.

However, it was a much happier Whitehorne after watching his team avenge the defeat that said, “We had a makeshift back four, so just went out to sit back, stay tight and work our way into the game.

“The second half we changed things to combat their shape and it worked well, we dominated it and should have had at least three or four.”

Looking ahead to what will be a tough test against a Coalville side 13-points clear at the top and with just three defeats from 30 league games Whitehorne said, “When we played them a few weeks ago I said then that they were the best side I’d seen in this league for years, so it will be a tough test for us. Can we make it four out of four, I’ll tell you at five o’clock on Saturday.”

Central defender Karl Colley should return after missing the game at Leek through illness but full-back Ben Turner is still struggling to shake off a knock.

Elsewhere, promotion chasing Worksop Town go to Premier Division basement club Eastwood Town looking to bounce back from a 2-0 home defeat against Nantwich Town.

Frickley Athletic hope to boost their survival hopes with a win over Buxton, while Matlock Town are away at mid-table Chorley.