Non-league: Steels looking to show strength on road again

Stocksbridge PS - Defender Ben Turner turned down a move this week in order to stay with Steels.
Stocksbridge PS - Defender Ben Turner turned down a move this week in order to stay with Steels.
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Chris Hilton is hoping for a little more luck as his team face a third successive difficult away trip.

Stocksbridge go to third-placed Stafford Rangers on the back of games at early front runners Leek Town and big spending Goole AFC in the last 10 days.

“It’s another very tough game for us,” admitted Hilton. But if we put in the workrate and show the same commitment we did at Leek and Goole, then we’ve got every chance of getting a result.

“We could just do with that little bit of luck we haven’t had in the last two games. It was a fantastic point against a Leek side that hadn’t dropped a point and we could have nicked it near the end. We were the better team against Goole in the first half and had we scored first I think we would won it. We’ve hit the woodwork in both games at crucial times but that’s what happens when your lucks out, hopefully that will change at Stafford.”

Steels found themselves stretched at Goole with Hilton having to name himself amongst the substitutes, but will have a much stronger squad to select from this weekend.

“The game at Goole was a late re-arrangement. We originally hadn’t got a game scheduled so some players had made other arrangements” explained Hilton. “They are part-time footballers, they are not on contract so it’s just something you have to live with in non-league and get on with it.

“Chris White, Jacob Lever and Martin Scully are back this weekend and Harrison Biggins is available again after suspension so we are in a much better shape.”

Hilton also revealed the fullback Ben Turner had turned down a move in favour of remaining at Bracken Moor. “We received a notice of approach from another club,” he said. “Ben has spoken to them and decided to stay here, which is great news. I think he can see what we are trying to do here and that we are moving in the right direction.”

After progressing in both the FA Cup and Sheffield Senior Cup over the past week, it’s back to league action for Sheffield FC with a trip to struggling Kidsgrove Athletic.

Despite winning 4-0 at Dinnington FC in the Senior Cup on Tuesday, Club have lost all three league games on the road so far this season.

“We might have to change the way we play away from home,” said boss Mick Wadsworth.

“We’ll get it right; I have no worries long term it’s just disappointing we haven’t picked up any away points yet.”

On paper at least Sheffield look to have every opportunity to put their first away points on the board with Kidsgrove propping up the table with just two points to show from seven games.