Club hope that returning players will boost form

Ashley Longstaff of Sheffield FC celebrates his second goal of the game v Stocksbridge Park Steels
Ashley Longstaff of Sheffield FC celebrates his second goal of the game v Stocksbridge Park Steels
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Sheffield boss Jordan Broadbent hopes to have some of his injured players back from the treatment room in time for the home clash against Coalville Town.

Broadbent was unable to call upon eight of his squad through injury and suspension last weekend, forcing him to field a youthful side that went down 3-0 at leaders Sutton Coldfield Town.

“We’re still struggling on the injury front but it’s not a crisis,” said Broadbent.

“Ashley Longstaff is available again after suspension and hopefully we should have James Knowles and Ben Turner back from injury which eases things a little.

“But to be honest the lads that came in last week at Sutton all gave me a performance which gives me a headache for Saturday, albeit a good one.”

Sheffield have won just one and lost five of the last six league games and Broadbent underlined the importance of picking up three-points against a Coalville side that sit just one place below Club who are in 16th with only goal-difference separating the two teams.

“It’s an important game as it gives us a good chance to put some distance between ourselves and Coalville,” said the Sheffield boss. “We’ve also got a couple of games in hand over them so we need to make that count and hopefully start by picking up the three-points on Saturday.”

Broadbent revealed he is looking to add to his squad in the next few weeks, “Hopefully over the next month we’ll get the squad to where it wants to be.

“We still need a little more experience in there. Ideally I would like a settled squad before Christmas.”

Coalville arrive having won one and lost eight in nine away games but are unbeaten in the last four in league and cup.

Stocksbridge Park Steels will aim for a first league win in six when they entertain eighth-placed Loughborough Dynamo at Bracken Moor.

Manager Chris Hilton is pleased that is squad is now beginning to take shape and believes they are capable of pushing on up the table.

“At the moment we are getting punished for every little mistake but we are not punishing teams for their mistakes, its fine margins,” said Hilton.

“The bulk of the players we have here now are what I expect to take us through the season maybe with the odd addition. We are perhaps lacking that midfield general.

“It’s a new team but one that will get better the longer they play together and are good enough to string three or four wins together and take us up the table.

“We’re not concerned about what other team’s do we’ll concentrate on what we are about and what we do and that climbing the table.”

Striker Lee Garside is set to return after suffering a gashed head at Brighouse Town 10 days ago, while Brad Grayson and Keiran Scargill are in line to make their home debuts

In the Premier Division, Frickley Athletic taken on fourth from bottom Marine at Westfield Lane where Karl Rose side will be looking to end a run of four league defeats on the trot.

Buxton, without a league win in four, will aim to put their promotion push back on track with a win against mid-table Workington at the Silverlands, while Matlock Town travel to third-placed Curzon Ashton.


Premier Division: Buxton v Workington; Curzon Ashton v Matlock Town; Frickley Athletic v Marine.

Division One South: Sheffield FC v Coalville Town; Stocksbridge Park Steels v Loughborough Dynamo.