Jordan Broadbent says their 2-2 draw at promotion chasing Leek Town can help inspire his team to greater things as they look to push up the table ahead of this weekend’s home clash against Goole AFC - should it escape the snow.
“I don’t think anyone gave us a chance of getting anything from Leek,” said Broadbent. “We’ve dug in, showed great character to come from behind twice and get a result, it just shows what we are capable of when we are on our game. What we need to do now is take that performance and work ethic into our next game against Goole.”
Broadbent feels his team now have a great chance to string a run of results together. “Since I took over we have played nine league games, seven of those have come against teams in the top half of the table.
“We’ve got a really bad run of fixtures out of the way and we’ve now got a run of games against teams in the bottom half of the table that we need to make the most of. We’re 16th in the table and we need to start winning games. I do think it’s a false league position but we’ve got toshow that by putting points on the board.”
The Sheffield boss admitted he doesn’t really know what to expect from Goole. “We’re going into the game a bit blind,” he said. “They’ve had a recent change of managership that’s resulted in a lot of players coming and going since we played them at their place (Goole won 3-1) but it’s about what we do that really counts.”
Joel Purkiss could be recalled to the starting 11 after being left out at Leek for “tactical reasons” but leading scorer Ashley Longstaff is doubtful. Longstaff missed last week’s game through illness but suffered a reaction to a ligament injury in training and faces a fitness test.
Elsewhere, Stocksbridge Park Steels will be keeping fingers crossed and an eye on the weather as Chris Hilton’s side hope for a return to action for the first time in over a month against Stafford Rangers at Bracken Moor.
Steels have seen the last five matches postponed and will be hoping there are no signs of rustiness against a Stafford side with just one defeat in the last 10 league outings.
In the Premier Division, improving Frickley Athletic entertain Halesowen Town where Karl Rose’s side will be looking to stretch their run to just one defeat in seven outings.
Buxton could go second with a win over Ramsbottom United at the Silverlands as the Bucks aim to avenge a 2-0 defeat in the reverse fixture back in October, while Matlock Town go to Stourbridge.
Premier Division: Buxton v Ramsbottom United, Frickley Athletic v Halesowen Town, Stourbridge v Matlock Town.
Division One South: Sheffield FC v Goole AFC, Stocksbridge Park Steels v Stafford Rangers.