Stocksbridge Park Steels manager Chris Hilton will warn his players to guard against complacency ahead of their home clash against bottom of the table Rugby Town.
“We’ve come unstuck against teams lower down before” said Hilton. “You can’t just turn up and expect to win because they’re at the bottom, it’s about getting our mind-set right. You’ve still got to work hard and put the effort in to get a result.
“We’ve played four of the top six teams in the league and won three of those. So we have to make sure we go out and apply ourselves in the same way whether it’s against a team at the top or bottom. Last season we drew against the bottom of the league twice. If we want to be one of the top teams in this division then we’ve got to show we can move up to that level by making sure we turns teams over when they’re not doing well.
“They’ve got a new manager so that might galvanize them a little. We’ll look to get at them early and get in front which will hopefully knock their confidence back.” The Steels boss was delighted with FA Trophy win at Clitheroe and to have a home draw in the next round.
“It was a good performance and we could have scored more. We had two goals disallowed and hit a post. We’ve now kept three clean sheets against good opposition in the last four games which is pleasing. We’re at home in the next round (Lancaster City) which makes a change.”
Injuries that blighted the early part of the campaign are beginning to clear up. “We’re getting there now. Adam Hinchliffe and Corey Gregory are back now which is a bonus” said Hilton. “We just need Ash Burbeary back. Hopefully that will be before Christmas, which will be quicker than we originally thought. But there is no pressure to rush him back we have to make sure the injury has fully healed.”
Meanwhile, Steels former Rotherham United loanee Kuda Muskwe has now joined Premier Division Grantham Town on loan.
Sheffield FC head for AFC Rushden & Diamonds looking to break their away league duck. Club have yet to pick up a point on the road after four attempts but manager James Colliver feels they are now heading in the right direction. “There is a bit more belief in the players to what there was when moral was low,” said Colliver. “Our performances have been better than results suggest.
“Last week at Ramsbottom was typical of how things have gone for us this season. We created chances yet found ourselves three down in 20 minutes which I couldn’t believe. If I’m honest our defending could have been better. But when we got a goal back before half-time we would get back in the game but they did a job and defended the lead.”
Colliver knows his side face a tough test at Rushden. “It will be a difficult game. They’ve not had the start they would of been hoping so will be wanting to put that right, although they had a good 6-1 win at Histon in a Trophy replay in midweek.”
Colliver confirmed the arrival of left-back back Tom Rose and centre-half Fabian Bailey on a month’s loan from Rotherham United.
Both could make their debuts at Rushden but goalkeeper Steve Hernandez is ruled out with a back injury
Shaw Lane AFC will go top of the table if they take all-three points at Loughborough Dynamo and leaders Spalding United fail to beat Leek Town at home.
Premier Division: Frickley Athletic v Buxton.
Division One South: AFC Rushden & Diamonds v Sheffield FC, Loughborough Dynamo v Shaw Lane AFC, Stocksbridge Park Steels v Rugby Town.
FA Cuo Fourth Qualifying Round: Altrincham v Matlock Town