Club boss aims to get tough after results slide

Nathan Forbes-Swindelss in action for Sheffield FC
Nathan Forbes-Swindelss in action for Sheffield FC
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SHEFFIELD FC are set to ring the changes as they look to end a run of four defeats at rock bottom Hucknall.

Manager Ian Whitehorne is desperate to avoid getting sucked into a relegation battle and is looking to pep up the side following the lacklustre 2-0 home defeat against Leek Town last weekend.

Whitehorne moved swiftly to add some experience and strength to the team after landing the much travelled centre half Karl Colley from Division One South rivals Belper Town.

It’s the big defenders second spell at Dronfield and Colley looks almost certain be handed a starting berth amongst what is likely to be a much changed team from that which started against Leek

“There will definitely be some changes,” the Sheffield boss confirmed. “It’s obvious our current run of results is unacceptable and we will make changes to try and halt the bad run starting at Hucknall tomorrow. I have also brought back Karl as he will add some much needed presence and experience to the team.”

While not naming individuals Whitehorne was far from happy with some of the players last week that he felt didn’t put a shift in and let themselves and the rest of the team down.

And the manager indicated he will not be afraid of making further changes if things do not improve, said. “There is no doubt we have some talented players at the club, but unless it is complemented with hard work and application the talent means nothing. If the players can’t or don’t want to get on board with that then we will find some that do, it’s as simple as that.”

Hucknall are seven points adrift at the bottom and have won only one of their 13 league games at Watnall Road, yet held Sheffield to a 3-3 draw at Dronfield in early October.

In the Premier, Stocksbridge Park Steels take their relegation fight to AFC Fylde where Darren Schofield’s side will be looking to extend their unbeaten league run to five games. Fylde have slipped to mid table after a good start to the season. But the hosts have lost four of the last six and improving Steels are confident of coming away with a win.

Frickley Athletic aim to bounce back from a 4-2 home defeat against FC United of Manchester when they take on Chorley, who are one of four teams on 40-points, just outside the play-off places.

Worksop Town will look to make it there without defeat and consolidate their place in the top five with a win at third from bottom Kendal Town. Matlock Town will am to extend their unbeaten run to six games at Nantwich Town as the Gladiators seek to avenge a 5-0 thrashing at Causeway Lane on the opening day of the season. Buxton entertain bottom club Eastwood Town.