World’s oldest club lack experience, admits boss

Sheffield FC boss Andy Kiwomya. Picture: BEN WEBSTER.
Sheffield FC boss Andy Kiwomya. Picture: BEN WEBSTER.
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Sheffield FC host Leek Town tomorrow - and are in search of a first league win in seven games.

Manager Andy Kiwomya says they will come through the bad patch and come out of it a stronger team for the experience.

“We’ve had a blip over the past week’s but we’re working extra-hard to get back to winning ways,” he says.

“Its not going to be win, win every week there will be bad runs and performances.

“You look to the players to give you that little extra. Fundamentally its about working hard, rolling your sleeves up and coming through this period.

“We might be the oldest club in the world but there is a lot of newness about this team. They are young players and periods like this are a leaning curve for them but they will come through it better for the experience.”

Leek arrive tenth in the table, one place behind Club on goal-difference only and with two games in hand. A win for either team could lift them back into the play-off places.

“Its going to be a tough game, but then again all games in the league are tough,” said Kiwomya.

“We need everyone to get behind the team and encourage the lads. They are young players whose confidence can easily be knocked if things are not going well, so that little bit of extra encouragement can make all the difference.”

Bruno Holden is expected to return to the squad after missing the defeat at Kidsgrove through injury, while Kiwomya hopes Temi Raheem and Brad Riley will have shaken off injuries.

Shaw Lane Aquaforce will look to extend their unbeaten home league record to eight games against mid-table Chasetown.

The Ducks, third in the table, are seven points behind leaders Stafford Rangers but have two games in hand.

Chasetown arrive having taken seven points from the last nine away.

In the Premier Division, Frickley Athletic travel to Hyde United aiming to extend their unbeaten run to five games. A win could lift Karl Rose’s side to within a couple of points of the play-off places.

Stocksbridge Park Steels, Buxton and Matlock Town are all in FA Trophy action.

Steels face a daunting trip to Trophy holders North Ferriby United, who are third in the Vanarama Nationals North League.

Stocksbridge boss Chris Hilton is looking forward to the challenge but knows his side start massive underdogs.

“Its a massive game but we’ll go there and enjoy the occasion, we’ve certainly got nothing to lose,” said Hilton.

“We’ll go there and give it a go, we want to turn up and make sure we give them a game.

“I know how Billy Heath’s teams play, they have a lot of quality but stopping them is the problem.

“We’ll go with a game plan and give it our best shot, you just never know. We want to win and it would be nice to reach the first round proper.”

Hilton will recall striker Scott Ruthven, Josh Meade and Matt Reay who were all rested in midweek.

n Fixtures, FA Trophy Third Qualifying Round: Buxton v Bradford Park Avenue, Matlock Town v Blyth Spartans, North Ferriby United v Stocksbridge Park Steels.

Premier Division: Hyde United v Frickley Athletic,

Division One South: Shaw Lane Aquaforce v Chasetown, Sheffield FC v Leek Town.