Stocksbridge Park Steels’ new boss Chris Hilton focused on the positives rather than the result following the defeat against a Sheffield United X1 in their first pre-season outing.
“We lost 3-0, but we can take a lot of positives out of it,” said Hilton. “We know we’ve still have a lot of work to do. We made a lot of changes so our pattern and shape went.
“In patches we kept the ball well and I thought we could have got on the score-sheet once or twice.
“But people have come and seen that we’re going to try and get the ball down and play.”
Steels’ next warm up game is at Athersley Recreation tomorrow
Northern Counties East Premier Division side Handsworth Parramore have added another quality signing to their ranks after landing experienced utility player Scott Maxfield from Conference North side Bradford Park Avenue.
Manager Russ Eagle was delighted to have finally landed a player he had been chasing for a several weeks, saying: “It’s a fantastic signing for this club. I’ve worked hard for a number of weeks in securing such a prized asset.
“Scott has seen what we are building here and has heard good things about the set-up and the quality of the young payers we are nurturing, the vision and foundation of the club has been instrumental in securing his services.
“His experience and quality will be vital in a long hard season.”
Maxfield started his career at Doncaster Rovers before moving to Hull City where he spent three seasons. After a spell back at Doncaster, Maxfield then had stints at both Barrow and Stalybridge Celtic before joining Buxton in 2008 later taking up the role of assistant player/manager before switching to Bradford PA last season.
Meanwhile, a young Handsworth side containing many players from the club’s U18/19 squads beat Worksop Town 4-3 in their latest pre-season friendly with goals from Sam Barnsley, Jed Phillips, Jonathan Sievewright and Lee Thompson, while Worksop replied through Tom Mullen, Jack Hawkins and Kyle Jordan.