Steels chief eager to find winning formula

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STOCKSBRIDGE Park Steels boss Darren Schofield believes his team can bounce back from consecutive losses when they take on sixth-placed Ashton United at Bracken Moor tomorrow.

“Ashton play good football and are going well,” said Schofield. “But we seem to play better against the good teams having recently beaten Rushall Olympic here and won at Grantham, so hopefully we can grind a win against Ashton and put a run together. We have two strikers in Nathan Joynes and Danny South who can score.

“But we need to tighten up at the back and cut out the mistakes like the ones that cost us at Frickley.

“I felt at 1-0 down at half time we could get back into the game. Their only real threat was from set-pieces. Then we go and give a silly free-kick away at the start of the second half and were two-down; we are just not learning from our mistakes.”

New signing and former Owls midfielder Matt Hamshaw will start against Ashton. “Matt is a great addition to the squad,” said the Steels boss. “He has lots of experience, doesn’t give the ball and can create chances.

“When we played at Matlock a few weeks ago he was the best player on the park.”

Steels go into the game second bottom, a point from safety and having played more games than the teams around them.

After climbing back into Division One South play-off places following the midweek 2-1 win over Northwich Victoria, it will be a confident Sheffield FC that travels to take on another of their promotion rivals Stamford.

The Lincolnshire side are third in the table two places and four points above Club, having played a game more in what looks to be a stern test for Curtis Woodhouse’s men as they look to stretch their undefeated away league record to six games.

Worksop Town head to promotion hopefuls Chorley on the back of an emphatic 8-1 home victory over Blyth Spartans on Wednesday.

Simon Clark’s side have won the last six away in all competitions which includes impressive victories at high-riding Hednesford Town, Nantwich Town and Marine that has launched Worksop into the promotion mix.

Chorley have managed to hold onto a play-off place despite losing two of the last three the latest being a 1-0 reversal at Stafford Rangers on Tuesday.

Frickley Athletic go to Buxton in buoyant mood following their convincing 4-2 victory over relegation rivals Stocksbridge earlier in the week which saw Karl Rose’s side pull four points clear of the bottom two. The Blues however have lost all six away from home, while Buxton have lost only one of the last seven outings at the Silverlands.

Matlock Town face a tough trip to second-placed Marine as they chase a third successive league victory.