Stocksbridge bid for Trophy lift

Brett Bowden-Lovell says an FA Trophy run would be a great boost to STocksbridge's finances. Picture by Ian Revitt.
Brett Bowden-Lovell says an FA Trophy run would be a great boost to STocksbridge's finances. Picture by Ian Revitt.
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Stocksbridge take a break from scrapping for league points this weekend when they take on Division One South Scarborough Athletic in the FA Trophy first qualifying round at Bracken Moor.

While Steels can briefly forget about their predicament in the bottom four of the Premier Division, assistant manager Brett Bowden-Lovell says the cup still brings its own pressures.

“The club need the finances that a good cup run can bring so there is a pressure of a different sort,” he said.

“It’s a very well run club but the extra finance that getting past two or three rounds can make all the difference and I know the chairman will be keen for us to stay in the competition for a long as possible.”

Steels will pick up £2,250 should they beat Scarborough with £3,250 and £4,000 up for grabs in the following two rounds.

Stocksbridge’s poor start to the campaign sees them struggling at the wrong end of the table, something Bowden-Lovell says he and manager Darren Schofield are determined to turn around. “We need to start winning games and the cup can give us the boost we need and help lift the lad’s confidence” he said.

“It sometimes takes the edge off your game being assistant manager trying to concentrate on your responsibilities, while encouraging those around you.”

Alex Callery is still struggling with an ankle injury but Ben Turner’s hamstring problem is improving and could return.

Sheffield FC boss Ian Whitehorne welcomes his team’s tie at Premier Division Ashton United. “It gives us a break from the league and we can go into the game knowing we can play with a bit of freedom,” said Whitehorne.

“They will be clear favourites just because they are in a division above us and will be expected to win, but were are unbeaten in six and are scoring goals so we won’t fear them.”