Sheffield FC boss Ian Whitehorne is calling on his team to cut out the basic errors as Club make their first ever trip to lowly Bedworth United tomorrow looking to bounce back from three successive defeats.
Whitehorne watched his team squander a two-goal lead against Goole at Dronfield on Tuesday as the visitors hit back to snatch a last minute 3-2 victory.
“I was looking for a reaction to Saturday’s defeat at Rainworth” said the Club boss. “For most of the game we got the reaction we wanted. We got ourselves into a winning position at 2-0 and looked like we might go on and score three for four more. But we then get sloppy with poor marking at set pieces then the winner comes from a long throw and again we leave a player in the box completely unmarked.
“It’s not like we have been opened up by a good move, it’s just individuals not doing their jobs. As a team I thought we did OK but we need to cut out the basic mistakes and make sure we don’t switch off. Our aim this season is a play-off place, so what we don’t want is to start falling behind. We need to go to Bedworth, try and make sure we get the three-points and get back into the mix.”
Following relegation from the Southern League Premier Division last term, Bedworth were placed in the Evo-Stik Division One South and Whitehorne admitted he doesn’t know much about their opponents: “They are new to this league, so I don’t know what to expect. They’re another team that’s changed their manager over the past week with Ady Fuller resigning and Chris Tullin taking over as caretaker so you don’t know how their players will react to that. We have got to go there with a positive mind-set, show more mental strength and come back as a team. We have good players and it’s our job to make sure they work well as a unit.”
Mark Fereday will be hoping for a recall to the starting line-up after being rested for the last two games but he may be made to wait a little longer with his replacement in attack Zeph Thomas scoring in the last two games. Stuart Ludlam is doubtful with a hip injury, while Richard Stirrup is expected to have recovered from illness that forced the midfielder off at half time against Goole.
Stocksbridge Park Steels host Witton Albion in the Premier Division in what is now a massive game for the Bracken Moor club. Steels slumped to a ninth league game without a win on Wednesday after being 4-0 at Whitby Town. The result leaves them in the bottom four, a point behind Witton who arrive just one place and one point above the relegation zone which many will view is a false position after being beaten in the play-offs last term.
Steels boss Darren Schofield has expressed the need for a win that will hopefully kick-start and “Trying to win ugly” but at the moment Stocksbridge can’t even buy a win.
It’s also FA Cup weekend with the second qualifying round. Worksop Town face a tough trip to Stalybridge Celtic, who are in mid table of the Conference North but have however won just one of the last six.
Frickley Athletic will be expected to progress against Northern League Marske United at Westfield Lane, although it will not have gone unnoticed that the visitors are unbeaten in the least eight
Matlock Town face a tricky away tie at Evo-Stik Division One Carlton Town, while Buxton host Conference North Ferriby United.
FACTSPOT: Worksop have scored 26 goals in the premier DIVision - more than any team barring ilkeston. but they’ve conceded the same amount.