Non League round-up: Sheffield FC and Stocksbridge Park Steels

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Sheffield FC boss Jordan Broadbent says his team will go Saturday’s home game against Chasetown in a positive mood despite suffering a fifth straight defeat at their ground.

Club were beaten 2-1 by promotion chasing Leek Town on Tuesday but Broadbent said: “We weren’t at the races for the first 20 minutes. But after that we were the better side throughout. I’m disappointed we have not come out with anything. It’s taken a mistake by our keeper to beat us. We’ll take the positives into Saturday.”

The Sheffield boss was quick to point out that stats can be construed in different ways. “In as much as we’ve lost five on the spin at home you can say that we’re unbeaten in five away so these things balance themselves out. What you have to look at is that we’ve played some of the top teams at home and as much as you would like too, you’re not going to win every home game.”

Chasetown arrive two places above Club who sit in 16th in Division One South. Broadbent says: “They’ve lost only one in the last nine since their new manager came in. That’s play-off form and shows just how tricky it will be for us. But we’ve got a good set of players who want to win. So hopefully with that positive mentality we can turn things around. We’ve now got a good run of fixtures where we should pick up points.”

Sheffield will be without striker Zeph Thomas (international duty,) while Broadbent says Ben Algar is not ready for a full 90 minutes after being out for four months with injury. Warren Burrell has left the club to sign for Leek Town as Broadbent explains. “They made Warren on offer that was too good to turn down. We don’t have the budget at the moment to compete with the bigger clubs. Warren’s been brilliant for us and we wish him the best. We’ve countered his departure by bringing in Ian Ross. He’s an experienced player who showed his quality with a good debut against Leek.”

Stocksbridge Park Steels travel to Tividale with manager Chris Hilton aiming to get the business of securing the club’s safety done as quickly as possible, which will then allow the Steels boss he can take a look at some of the younger players. “I think we’re almost there now” he said. “ I would ideally like to throw some of the younger lads in for the last few games to have a closer look at them. We did that last weekend against Market Drayton when we put Brodie Lichfield and Louis Shaw on for the last 20 minutes. I was impressed by what they showed and would like to give some of the promising U18’s more game time.

“First we have to make sure we are safe. It will be a tough at Tividale. They are going well and are a very mobile side, so will need to match them for work rate. We’ve got experience throughout the team and were unbeaten in three. Brad Grayson has found is scoring boots again. Danny Critchlow got on the scoresheet last week and is getting his fitness back, so we will go there in a positive frame of mind and hopefully come away with at last a point.

In the Premier Division, Frickley Athletic go to 10th placed Rushall Olympic in desperate need of three points. Karl Rose side are without as win in the last 10 league outings which has seen them slip into the bottom four.

Buxton travel to play-off rivals Workington where a defeat would be another hammer blow their play-off hopes. The Bucks are six points adrift of the top five with games beginning to run out. Matlock Town face fifth- placed Curzon Ashton at Causeway Lane where the Gladiators, who are still not safe from the drop, will be looking for a first win in four.


Premier Division: Matlock Town v Curzon Ashton, Rushall Olympic v Frickley Athletic, Workington v Buxton.

Division One South: Sheffield FC v Chasetown, Tividale v Stocksbridge Park Steels.