Non league: Stress-free Saturday delights Steels chief

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Stocksbridge Park Steels boss Darren Schofield is delighted to be going into the last game of the season free from the worries of needing to get a result.

Steels take on Grantham Town tomorrow at Bracken Moor having already secured their Premier Division safety following a flirtation with relegation. “I’m absolutely delighted to be where we are; the lads have done brilliant over the past few weeks to get us over the line,” said Schofield.

“When we took over at the end of September we had just a couple of points on the board, so to get ourselves into a position where we were safe with three games to play was really pleasing.

“We’ve had a lot of games in a short space of time and had players carrying injuries but we have patched them, they have got on with it, not complained and done the job that shows the togetherness of the dressing room.”

Nonetheless, the manager insists there will be no let up in the final game of the season, saying: “We want to finish as high as possible and a win or draw tomorrow would see us finish above Grantham and possibly Frickley Athletic in 18th who have a tough trip to FC United.”

The Steels boss also said he is looking ahead towards next season. “I’ll sit down with the chairman and we’ll discuss our plans and budget for next season,” he said. “I would like to keep the core of the squad we have assembled and be able to bring in one of two new faces to help the development of the squad.”

Schofield is likely to be forced into a defensive reshuffle with Ben Tuner and Liam Davis doubtful along with midfielder Alex Callery who has been carrying a knock for the last few weeks.

Sheffield FC end their campaign at home to Romulus aiming to finish on a high note following narrow defeats against Gresley and at Division One South Champions Kings Lynn Town on Tuesday.

Elsewhere, Frickley Athletic, who face Sheffield FC in next Thursday’s Senior Cup Final, head to FC United, who are already assured of a place in the end of season play-offs.