Non league: Sheffield FC on high after beating Stocksbridge

Stocksbridge's Lee Thompson
Stocksbridge's Lee Thompson
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Buoyed by their FA Trophy success over neighbours Stocksbridge Park Steels in the last outing, Sheffield FC go into the home clash against Tividale in good spirits.

Club have been in decent form at home this season winning six out of eight games. And assistant manager Jordan Broadbent says they have an extra reason for wanting to extend that run against their visitors. “We played poorly at their place and lost 2-1 to a penalty in the second minute of stoppage time. Hopefully we can make amends; we’re certainly capable of doing so. What’s important is that we put three points on the board.

“With the games in hand we’ve got on the teams around us, it gives us the platform to start climbing up the table.”

Sheffield will be forced into making one change from that which won 4-3 in the FA Trophy at Stocksbridge; defender Tim Whittaker is unavailable.

Steels go to second-placed Sutton Coldfield Town with manager Chris Hilton hoping his side can become the first team to win on the 3G pitch this season.

The hosts have dropped just two points in six games at Coles Lane and have been beaten only once in 12 league games, which came in a 1-0 reversal at Coalville Town last month, while the Royals won 2-0 at Bracken Moor in August.

However, The Steels boss believes his team can come away with three-points. “Why not” said Hilton. “We’re three games undefeated in the league and last week’s cup defeat could have gone either way. We’ll be going there to win. We’re heading in the right direction but we know we’ve still got a lot of work to do.”

Hilton suffered a set-back this week after Lee Thompson decided to link up with his former manager Peter Duffield at NCE side Handsworth Parramore. “It’s a massive blow,” admitted Hilton. “Lee’s done fantastic for us but he’s been made an offer he couldn’t turn down. It’s disappointing but we move on.”

Hilton hinted that could open the door for striker Korey Dyer-Stewart to stake his claim. “Korey’s down well when coming off the bench.”

Frickley Athletic travel to Stourbridge looking to build on a 1-1 draw against high -riding Buxton on Tuesday, the same evening the hosts ended a run of four games without a win by beating Belper Town 4-0 away.

With goalkeeper Ben Simpson unavailable manager Karl Rose has signed Jamie Green from Shaw Lane Aquaforce and he will go straight into the team to face the West Midlands outfit.

Buxton are back home after five successive away games with Halesowen Town the visitors to the Silverlands where the Bucks will be looking for a first win in three.

Matlock Town go to Workington looking to extend their unbeaten run to four games under caretaker bosses Martin Foster and Dave Rusbury amid speculation that Foster could be handed the job on a permanent basis.