Non-league: All-out attack for Stocksbridge Park Steels

Stocksbridge Park Steels are going all-out attack in their bid for the Evo-Stik Division One South play-offs.

Friday, 10th March 2017, 4:30 am
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 10:05 am
Sheffield manager James Colliver

Steels face struggling Loughborough Dynamo at Bracken Moor this weekend knowing they have little margin for error in the race for a top five finish.

Chris Hilton’s side sit 13th, 12 points adrift of fifth but with at least two games in hand over their rivals above.

“We need to make sure we start on the front foot and get at them early on,” Hilton said.

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“Loughborough haven’t done well on the road and they’re on a run of defeats so if we can get an early goal, hopefully that’ll knock their confidence.

“We know we need the three points if we are to have any chance of getting into the play-offs.

“It’s the way we have to approach all our games from now on.

“We’ve got to go out and try to get maximum points from every game. We know it will leave us open but we can’t do anything else at this stage of the season.

“It’s a tall order, the play-offs, but it’s not impossible.

“A lot of teams are playing each other so they can’t all take maximum points.

“What we have to do is keep going and try to make sure that we take as many points as we can, then let’s see where that takes us.”

Hilton has a full squad to select from other than injuries to Ashley Burbeary (foot) and Joe Lumsden (knee).

Richard Stirrup is now clear to play following a delay to his international clearance.

Sheffield FC need to reignite their own flagging play-off aspirations as they head to Chasetown in search of a first win in five.

James Colliver’s side were beaten 1-0 by title favourites Shaw Lane on Tuesday, leaving the Club boss looking at the positives.

Colliver (pictured) said: “The players’ attitude and work rate all over the pitch was excellent.

“We haven’t worked teams into mistakes and landed on second balls in recent games but I felt we did that against Shaw Lane.

“We went with a different formation in order to be more positive and get players higher up the pitch, which I think we looked comfortable with against a very good team.

“I think Shaw Lane will take some stopping. They have that knack of winning games when they aren’t playing well which is a sign of a well-drilled team.

“We’ll got to Chasetown in a positive frame of mind that we can go there and gain three points.

“We’ve talked to the players and set ourselves an in-house points target that we want to achieve.

“Hopefully we’ll get the first of those with a win on Saturday.”

Midfielder James Ashmore is expected to return after missing the midweek defeat through injury.

Shaw Lane host fourth-placed Newcastle Town after opening up a nine point cushion at the top of the table.