Bogey side stand in way of Club’s lift-off bid

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Patched-up Sheffield FC go into today’s game against bogey side Carlton Town at Dronfield looking for their first point and goal of the festive period after defeats at Halesowen Town and Belper Town 3-0 and 2-0 respectively.

Despite being 11 points adrift of the top five, Club boss Ian Whitehorne has not written off his side’s chances of clinching a play-off spot said; “You can’t write it off just yet [play-offs], there are a lot of games still to play.

“We are halfway up the league, with half the season still to go, so if you win two or three games back-to-back you can start looking at everyone else’s results.”

Sheffield have suffered a further injury blow with midfielder Richard Stirrup ruled out with a hamstring injury, while leading scorer Zeph Thomas and Ben Algar are doubtful.

“We could do with a break to get them all fixed up,” commented Whitehorne. “But we aren’t going to get one so we are going to have to bat on.”Carlton go into the game on the back of a 5-0 win over Romulus.

Stocksbridge Park Steels face a trek to Blyth Spartans where Darren Schofield’s men will be boosted by a 2-2 draw against promotion- chasing Chorley last Saturday as Steels go in search of a first win in four.

Worksop will go top of the Premier Division if they make it 13 unbeaten with a win at Matlock Town and leaders Skelmersdale fail to take maximum points from their home game against promotion rivals Marine.

Frickley Athletic entertain Whitby Town at Westfield Lane as the Blues look to make it eight without defeat.