SHEFFIELD FC boss Mark Shaw is backing his young side to come good as they prepare for the visit of Newcastle Town despite stoppage time goals in the last two outings costing Club dear.
Vital points have slipped through Club’s fingers in recent weeks. They lost 4-3 at Stamford and that was followed by a 2-2 home draw against New Mills on Tuesday.
Shaw admitted his side, who are without a win in the last five and not won at home since November, have been inconsistent of late but said: “You have to remember they are a young set of lads and have only been put together this season. But I believe in the players and would like to think this side will come good in the end.”
Newcastle beat Club 2-1 at the Lyme Valley Stadium in November.
Up in the Premier Division, Stocksbridge Park Steels take on Chasetown at Bracken Moor knowing a win would drag the Staffordshire side into the relegation mix.
The visitors have not won in five games since the turn of the year which has them nervously looking over their shoulder. However, a 1-1 home draw against the Premier Division leaders Chester in the last outing did at least extend their cushion to nine points over the bottom four.
Steels go into the game four points clear of the drop zone and five behind Chasetown in 16th whom they beat 3-1 at the Scholars Ground in October as Chris Willcock’s men look to complete a first league double of the season and extend their unbeaten home league run to nine games.
Willcock could hand a home debut to former FC Halifax Town centre-half Brett Renshaw if Richard Haigh fails to shake off a knock that forced the defender off at half-time in the 1-1 draw at Burscough.
Frickley Athletic meet another of the division high-fliers when they host fourth-placed Hednesford Town at Westfield Lane. The Blues go into the game unbeaten in the last six, which has delighted boss Peter Rinkcavage.
“Considering we have played FC United twice, Chorley, Northwich and Kendal in those six games it has been an impressive run,” said Rinkcavage. “I think any team in the division would look at those fixtures and be delighted to come through unscathed.”
Elsewhere, Worksop Town entertain relegation threatened Whitby Town with the Tigers aiming to complete a league double following a thrilling 4-3 victory at the Turnbull ground in October.
Manager Simon Clark will hope to have midfielder Ashley Burbeary and defender Owain Warlow available after the duo missed the 1-0 win at Nantwich Town through injury and illness respectively.