Whitehorne’s pointer to Club’s tough test

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Sheffield FC manager Ian Whitehorne says he would happily take a point ahead of what looks a testing trip to the Division One South’s second-placed team Halesowen Town.

If you offered me a point before the game, I’d snatch your hand off for that,” said the Club boss.

Whitehorne, though, was quick to point out that Sheffield will not be going there looking for the draw.

“We’ll be going there to win the game,” he said. “We’re not set up to do that [draw], we aren’t the sort of team that can just sit back. We’ve got a talented bunch players who like to get forward and play.

“We seem to be playing better football away at the moment so hopefully we can go there and get a good result.”

Sheffield moved to within six points of the top five following the 1-0 win at Lincoln United in the last outing with a game in hand and Whitehorne said it will not be a disaster if they get beaten at Halesowen.

He said: “There a lot of games in a short space of time over the festive period so as long as we are in touching distance of the play-off places, then that’s exactly where we wanted to be.”

Club will be without midfielder Jack Waddle who suffered a gashed ankle in the win at Lincoln. Matt Roney and Joel Purkiss are unavailable while Steve Woolley could miss out with his wife due to give birth any time.

There was some good news for Whitehorne however with winger James Gregory having come through his first full 90 minutes without any ill-effects after returning from injury. “It’s good to have James back to his best. He was superb against Lincoln, when he’s at the top of his game and running at defenders he is unplayable,” added Whitehorne.

Halesowen go into the game just a point behind leaders Leek Town and having won the last six home games.

Stocksbridge Park Steels face a big ask to come away from a trip to leaders Skelmersdale United with a positive result. The hosts are undefeated in 11 league outings at Stormy Corner but Darren Schofield’s side, go into the clash on the back of two successive victories. Steels have central defender Brett Bowden-Lovell available after suspension.

Promotion-chasing Worksop Town will hope to make it 10 league games without defeat at Frickley.

Tigers boss Mark Shaw said: “I don’t look at it as a derby, just another game where we want to come away with threepoints.”

Matlock Town entertain play-off rivals Marine with just two points separating the two teams in 10th and seventh respectively, while Buxton go to second-placed Chorley in search of the win that could see Martin McIntosh’s men climb into the top five.