Sheffield non league: Stocksbridge Park Steels’ luck must change

Stocksbridge Park Steels new signing Brad Grayson takes control of the ball in the game v Loughborough Dynamo
Stocksbridge Park Steels new signing Brad Grayson takes control of the ball in the game v Loughborough Dynamo
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Stocksbridge Park Steels boss Chris Hilton is confident his team will soon end their scoring drought.

Steels go into their home clash against in-form Spalding United having not scored in the last two games and with just two goals in the last six matches in league and cup.

“We had a couple cleared off the line against Loughborough, while Brad Grayson and Lee Garside could have had a couple of goals each” said Hilton.

“It was the same the week before at Carlton; we hit the woodwork a couple of times and had another off the line. We could have had six or seven goals in the last two games alone and been sitting with six points instead of the one. We just need that little bit of luck in front of goal, get our noses in front then I’m sure it will give us that extra confidence to go on and get more.”

Hilton feels his team are improving as a unit each week and lauded the recent arrival of Grayson. “We’re getting a steady side now, we are going in the right direction, we’ve certainly improved from the start of the season. Brad has done well in the two games he has played. He gives the team something that was missing. He has pace, likes to run at defenders and carries a real goal threat.

“I’m sure Brad will prove to be a really good signing and form a successful partnership with Lee. They are both young players who will get better given time.” Spalding arrive sixth in Division One South having won six of a seven match undefeated league run and with just two defeats in the last 11 outings.

Hilton said: “In this league anyone is capable of beating anyone on the day you only have to look at Carlton victory over second-placed Newcastle last weekend.”

Warren Burrell is expected to make his Sheffield FC debut at Norton United this weekend as Club look to improve on their poor away record. Burrell’s debut had to be put on hold after arriving from Handsworth Parramore just before last weekend’s postponed home clash against Coalville Town.

Matt Roney could return to the squad after a fortnight out with a bruised back for what looks to be a tough game against a Norton side that have won 12 of the last 14 outings including the last four on the trot in the league on home soil.

In the Premier Division, Frickley Athletic entertain third from bottom Trafford as Karl Rose’s side aim to win back-to-back league games for only the second time this season. Buxton will hope for a return to winning ways against mid-table Stourbridge. The Bucks are without a league win in five which has seen them slip to third in the table and 11 points behind leaders Skelmersdale United. Matlock Town go to Ilkeston FC looking to end a run of three defeats on the bounce.