Club and Steels ready for their FA Cup journey

Andy Gascoigne: bagged a brace
Andy Gascoigne: bagged a brace
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Its FA Cup weekend for our region’s Evo-Stik league teams which brings the opportunity of savouring some cup glory in one of the most prestigious domestic cup competitions in the world.

Sheffield FC make the trip to Frickley Athletic in fine form having won the last three in league and cup.

But manager Ian Whitehorne knows they face a stiff challenge from a team a division above them said: “It’s a tough place to go, they are a big strong side but I feel we have got the players that can deal with that.

“If we can impose our style on the game then we will cause them problems and hopefully get something from the match.”

The two teams are no strangers to each other in cup competitions.

Only last May, Frickley came out on top in the Sheffield Senior Cup final at Hillsborough winning 4-3.

While the last time the sides squared up in the FA Cup was in a third qualifying round tie replay at Westfield Lane in 2010 when Sheffield came from a goal down to win 2-1 with a Andy Gascoigne brace, the winner coming just two minutes from time.

Although Club will start as underdogs, it is they who go into the tie as the form team following another solid defensive performance that helped them clinch a 3-1 win at Scarborough on Tuesday.

Although Whitehorne was not getting carried away with current for: “It’s still very much early days yet. I still don’t think we are clicking as a team fully just yet,” he said.

“We had to withstand a lot of pressure particularly in the second half against Scarborough but it was pleasing that our defence stood firm then we hit them with two good goals and got a great win away from home.”

At the same time Frickley were losing 2-1 at home against fourth-placed FC United of Manchester as the Blues suffered a third defeat on the spin and five games without a win.

Stocksbridge Park Steels face Evo-Stik Division One North Ramsbottom United at Bracken Moor where manager Darren Schofield is hoping the FA Cup can kick start their season.

Steels go into the tie without a win in seven games following the 3-2 reversal at Grantham Town earlier in the week.

Schofield said: “Things are not going for us at the moment but hopefully that will change on Saturday.

“We played well for 60 minutes against Nantwich and had enough chances to win two games but then we went behind and felt sorry for ourselves.

“Then on Tuesday we started really well before going behind then got ourselves back into it only for a defensive error to cost us the game.

“We have the chance to bounce back against Ramsbottom. It’s the FA Cup and big game because you never know how far it’s going to take you.

“Ramsbottom are a good, organised side but hopeful we can get the right result and kick on from there”.

Alex Callery is a doubt with a calf strain while Chris Bettney could return after illness that ruled the winger out of the trip to Grantham.

Elsewhere, Worksop Town will be expected to progress without too much trouble against Bootle of the North West Counties Premier Division at Sandy Lane, while Matlock Town face a potential banana skin away at NCE Division One Basford United.

And Buxton, who have not lost in four away go to Division One North Prescot Cables