Stocksbridge Steels team proud of their colours

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Stocksbridge Park Steels boss Chris Hilton praised the attitude of his players ahead of a home clash against Gresley.

Steels beat Evo Stik Premier Division Ilkeston FC 3-2 in their FA Trophy replay at Bracken Moor this week to stretch their unbeaten run to eight games. “Whenever players have been dropped they’ve come back and put a shift in and shown they want the shirt” said Hilton.

“That’s the response you want and they take a lot of credit for that. There is a lot of belief in the players at the moment, they’re on a crest of a wave and confidence is high.

“We need to make sure we take that into the league, carry on our unbeaten run and get ourselves into the top six.”

Hilton will be forced into shuffling his pack for the visit of mid-table Gresley. “The main concern is keeping everyone fit” said Hilton. “We’ve a few injuries and niggles. We took Scott Ruthven off as a precaution after picking up a knock against Ilkeston. Lee Garside came on and did well, so that’s one I’ll be having a think about. Rory Coleman is suspended. Jack Poulton is out for a couple of weeks with a nasty injury in midweek, but thankfully he hasn’t broken anything. We have Brandon Cardwell available.”

Sheffield FC go to Kidsgrove Athletic in search of a first win in seven outings. Despite picking up just three points from the last 15 available Club are just a couple of points outside the play-off places. Club boss Andy Kiwomya is losing patience and has threatened changes after seeing his side throw away another two goal lead last weekend when bottom of the table Tividale came from 3-1 down to snatch a draw at Dronfield.

“We’re not looking for mid-table mediocrity. We are ambitious and want to be in the top six. Earlier in the season we were going behind and coming back now its the other way. We’re not playing badly; just making silly mistakes. Forwards are doing their job and scoring goals but are being let down by others.

“In the last four or five games we have been in commanding positions but failed to finish teams off, we’ve got to put that right.”

Shaw Lane Aquaforce aim to keep the pressure on Division One North leaders Stafford Rangers with a win at Leek Town. The Ducks, second in the table and unbeaten in the last seven league outings, are four points behind Rangers with a game in hand, but face a tough test at Leek who have promotion ambitions but have won just one of the last five league games.

In the Premier Division, Frickley Athletic entertain Workington.

The visitors arrive fifth in the table yet are just three points ahead of the Blues in 12th as Karl Rose’s side chase a third successive win.

Buxton could climb into the play-off places with a win over Barwell at the Silverlands, while Matlock Town host Sutton Coldfield Town where the Gladiators will be hoping to stretch their unbeaten league run to four games.

Fixtures

Premier Division: Buxton v Barwell, Frickley Athletic v Workington, Matlock Town v Sutton Coldfield Town.

Division One South: Kidsgrove Athletic v Sheffield FC, Leek Town v Shaw Lane Aquaforce, Stocksbridge Park Steels v Gresley FC.