Local football: Stocksbridge and Sheffield FC seeks wins ahead of Christmas derby

Chris Hilton
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Stocksbridge Park Steels and Sheffield FC head out on the road this weekend and both will want to go into the much-anticipated derby at Dronfield on Boxing Day on the back of a win.

Stocksbridge will aim to make it four without defeat when they face a Rainworth side just one place but five points behind Steels in 18th.

“It’s another game against a team that is around us so it’s important we don’t lose,” said boss Chris Hilton. “We’re on a bit of a run now; we want to keep that going and go into the game against Sheffield unbeaten.”

Steels have drown the last two at home over the past week, 0-0 and 1-1 against Chasetown and Kidsgrove respectively, and Hilton said. I’m a little disappointed we haven’t made it three wins on the spin. But, taking into consideration the win at Newcastle, I’ll take five points out of nine.”

Hilton says he may be forced into going into the transfer market if Brad Grayson is out for any lengthy time after dislocating his shoulder against Kidsgrove. “Brad’s shoulder popped out but it’s gone back in. He’ll definitely miss the trip to Rainworth and its touch and go whether he will make the game against Sheffield,” Hilton added,

Sheffield boss Jordan Broadbent is calling for his side to go out and show what they are capable of ahead of the trip to Lincoln United.

“It’s getting to the point now where I’m looking at the squad and thinking we should be getting points from every game. That’s how much I believe in the squad,” he said. “It’s now time we kicked on as a team and a club.”

Lincoln won 3-2 at Dronfield towards the end of September and Broadbent says that result ultimately turned the Lincolnshire side’s fortunes around.

“They were bottom of the table when they beat us but had just got a new manger. I don’t think they have looked back since then and are now half up the table,” he said.