Non league football: Whitehorne faces Club striker dilemma

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With the start of the new Evo-Stik Northern Premier League season just over a week away, Sheffield FC boss Ian Whitehorne says he is far from certain who will occupy the two attacking roles in the opener at Leek Town.

“The strikers have not scored too many goals in pre-season, no one has really hit the ground running yet so the two places up front are very much up for grabs,” said Whitehorne.

The Club boss has five strikers at his disposal. They include new signings Aaron Moxam and Mark Fereday, an exciting 18-year-old with promise snapped up following his release from Chesterfield. Vill Powell is the senior striker at 33-years old, while big Dan Williams has made a welcome return to the club then there is the pace of Reece Littlejohn.

Powell staked his claim with two goals as Sheffield came from 3-1 down at AFC Mansfield to draw 3-3 on Tuesday in their latest warm-up game with Brandon Wilde getting the other.

There has been plenty of transfer activity at Stocksbridge Park Steels this week ahead of next Friday evening’s opener against Droylsden at Bracken Moor.

Boss Darren Schofield has signed striker Alec Denton on a permanent basis following his release from Rotherham United after spending the back end of last season on loan from the Millers.

Joining Denton at Bracken Moor is former Rotherham duo forward Liam Royles and midfielder John Travis who have also been released by the League One side over the summer.

Steels have also signed Steven Hoyles who can play either up front or in midfield. Hoyles has been playing in Canada and Stocksbridge are awaiting his international clearance.

Worksop boss Mark Shaw says he is close to knowing what is starting 11 will be to face one of the Evo-Stik title favourites FC United of Manchester in next week’s opener at Sandy Lane.

Shaw has completely overhauled the Tigers squad since taking over the hot seat in May said; “I am nearly set on my 11 to start the first game. Probably two or three positions still need to be sorted with regards to fitness.

“Most players have got one or two 90 minutes under their belts in pre-season.”