Club boss banking on youth policy

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Sheffield FC boss Chris Dolby is banking on his young guns to help fire his side up the table.

Club take on Grantham Town at Dronfield tomorrow in 17th place out of 22 in Division One South but believes his side are capable of finishing at the top end of the table despite a dip in form that has seen Sheffield lose three of the last four.

“I think a top eight place is achievable,” said Dolby. “We have got some good young players in the team with just a sprinkling of experience and I think that is the way forward.

“The likes of Callum Harrison, Jamie Hadfield, Nathan Foster and James Gregory are all young lads who have not played at this level before but have done well since being given their chance in the team.”

Grantham are eighth but are on the same number of points as fifth-placed Kidsgrove who are in the last play-off place.

Dolby, who hopes to add a new signing ahead the game, admits it will be tough.

“They are going well and it will be a hard slog on out pitch”, said the Club boss.

In the Premier Division, Stocksbridge Park Steels take on Burscough at Bracken Moor where they will aim to build on their 3-1 success over promotion hopefuls Matlock Town on Tuesday.

It was a result that ended a run of three defeats on the trot and saw that Steels climb out of the bottom four and pull two points clear of the drop zone.

Boss Gary Marrow will want his side to take the form they showed in the second half into the game against mid-table Burscough. The visitors are 12th and have seven more points than Steels, having played five games more.

Matlock Town face a crunch trip to Colwyn Bay that sees third take on second respectively as the Gladiators bid to leapfrog their hosts.

After four wins on the bounce, Mark Atkins side have now lost the last three, while the Welshmen have won two of the last three.

Just one win from the last six has seen Frickley Athletic slip back into the drop zone ahead of the home clash against FC United of Manchester.

It’s the first of three crucial games for Peter Rinkcavage’s side with relegation rivals Whitby Town next up on Tuesday followed by a trip to next to bottom Ossett Town next weekend.

United are now seven points clear of the bottom four after picking up nine points from the last 12.

Buxton will be hoping for a third league win on the trot at Bradford Park Avenue

Worksop Town should take all three points at Cannon Park where Ossett Town are the visitors.