Schofield wants Steels Trophy boost

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Stocksbridge face a tricky looking FA Trophy tie at Division One South New Mills.

Steels are without a win in 10 league and cup games this season and parted company with manager Chris Willcock last week.

New boss Darren Schofield was pleased by a 1-1 draw at Matlock in the last game and said while it will be a tough tie he believes his side can come out on top. “Yes it’s a difficult tie for us but we have the quality in the squad to go there and win, the players just need to believe in themselves a little more.”

Frickley Athletic have home advantage over Premier Division rivals North Ferriby United where the resurgent Blues will aim to make it three wins on the spin.

Boss Karl Rose will be hoping forward Jake Quickenden can call the tune on the pitch after signing the X-Factor contestant earlier this week. Quickenden made it through to the final 24 on last weekend’s show and the judges house with Nicole Scherzinger.

Elsewhere, Worksop Town, Matlock Town and Buxton are on the road. Worksop face Curzon Ashton, Matlock Town make the short trip to Premier Division strugglers Eastwood Tow and Buxton go to Division One South bottom club Lincoln United.

While it’s FA Trophy action this weekend for most of the region’s teams Sheffield FC‘s 2-0 defeat at Trafford in the preliminary round leaves them clear to focus their attention on promotion and picking up three points at Carlton Town.

Club saw their home clash against Mickleover Sports on Tuesday postponed due to a waterlogged pitch. And though they remained in fourth place, could only watch as Coalville Town stretched their lead at the top to six points and nine over Sheffield following a 5-1 win over tomorrows opponents Carlton.