Non-League: Steels boss wants to build ‘fortress’ Bracken Moor

Adam Hinchcliffe of Stocksbridge Park Steels. Picture: Peter Revitt
Adam Hinchcliffe of Stocksbridge Park Steels. Picture: Peter Revitt
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Chris Hilton wants Stocksbridge Park Steels to turn Bracken Moor into a fortress as they prepare for the visit of lowly Rugby Town this weekend.

“We want to turn it into a place where teams come knowing it will be extremely difficult for them to get anything from,” said the Steels boss.

“We try to win every game we play but its particularly important that you win as many home games as possible and at very least make sure you don’t get beaten.

“We are trying very hard to make sure we do that. If you’re aiming to finish around the top ten or twelve in the division then home form needs to be good.”

The Steels boss also wants to see his side score more goals.

He said: “We’ve got 13 in seven games so we’re almost averaging two a game, which is not a bad record, but I feel we can do better.

“We’ve been creating a lot of chances this season, if we had been a little more clinical in front of goal then we would have scored more.

“We know we don’t have at the moment that striker that will guarantee you 20 or 25 goals.

“The good thing is everyone is chipping in at the moment. Adam Hinchcliffe, Rory Coleman, Corey Gregory, and Lee Garisde have all got a couple each.

“Danny Critchlow has done well in the last couple of games and scored his second against Shaw Lane so we’re hoping he can push on now and score the goals we know he is capable of.”

Rugby arrive second from bottom in Division One South having lost all three away from home, although they will be boosted by a 4-3 league cup success at Belper earlier in the week.

The visitors have also just appointed a new manager in a former Tamworth boss Dale Belford, after Gary Mills resigned last week following a poor start to the season.

Following the away trip to leaders Stafford Rangers last weekend and Shaw Lane Aquaforce in the League Cup on Tuesday. Sheffield FC are on the road again with a visit to second-placed Daventry Town.

Manager Andy Kiwomya though was unfazed by a third tough away game in the space eight days and put it perspective. “You’ve got to play every team home and away,” he said. “I don’t think it really matters when you face teams whether top or bottom.

“In this league every game is a tough one there are no such things as easy games.

“What matters is that we make sure we are competitive away from home, put in a good performance and that the lads learn from what was thrown at us at Stafford.”

The Sheffield boss felt his side should have come away with at least a point at Stafford.

He said: “At 2-2 we had two chances to win the game, then we give away a silly free-kick and lose the game.

“I was pleased with the performance in the second half against a very good team was encouraging.”

Of the cup exit at Shaw Lane, Kiwomya said; “While it’s nice to progress in the cups, they can be a distraction.

“We had a couple of new lads in the back four which led to some misunderstandings but the lads tried their best and that’s all you can ask.”

Kiwomya will be boosted by the return of full back Ben Turner who has missed the last two games with an impact injury, while Benny Ihi-Ehon also looks set to return.


Premier Division: Frickley Athletic v Halesowen Town, Matlock Town v Colwyn Bay, Mickleover Sports v Buxton,

Division One South: Daventry Town v Sheffield FC, Gresley FC v Shaw Lane Aquaforce, Stocksbridge Park Steels v Rugby Town.