Steels eye a climb up the table despite defeat

Stocksbridge Park Steels goalkeeper Ben Scott
Stocksbridge Park Steels goalkeeper Ben Scott
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Stocksbridge Park Steels boss Darren Schofield says his team need to get back to basics ahead of the visit of Nantwich Town to Bracken Moor.

Steels suffered their first defeat in four games on Tuesday losing 3-2 at home against Buxton.

And Schofield said; “We need to recapture the form we showed at the start of the season, you have got to win the battle first before you win the match.

“We need to make sure we start at a high tempo and get the opponents on the back foot, that’s something we didn’t do that the other night and paid the price.”

Nantwich have lost all three away from home and arrive with just one win in six but Schofield is not reading too much into the visitors early season form.

“They (Nantwich) have not had the start they would have been hoping for but that means very little at this early stage of the season.

“That said I see it very much as a winnable game for us.”

Steels are 17th in the table with six points from six games, two more than their opponents.

They have only won once so far, this term.

But Schofield feels his team could have had a few more points.

“We have been unlucky in a couple of the games.

“We could have won at Rushall last week when we had a couple of good chances in the second half.

“And against Kings Lynn we are 2-0 up then had a stonewall penalty turned down and ended up drawing the game 3-3, hopefully these things will even themselves out.”

Ben Scott starts the first of his three match suspension following his sending off at Kings Lynn, while defender Ben Turner is struggling to overcome an ankle injury and looks set to miss out once more.

Sheffield FC entertain Market Drayton Town at Dronfield with manager Ian Whitehorne looking for his team to carry on where they left off on Tuesday.

Club eased past Shirebrook Town 4-0 in their FA Cup replay and Whithorne said;: “We played well particularly in the second half when we ran away with it.

“Hopefully we can take that into the game against Market Drayton. They like us have had a mixed start to the season but we are at home and I expect us to win our home games.”

Defender Lee Cooksey who is to take a year out travelling played his last game for the club at Shirebrook and Whitehorne admits he will be a big miss.

“He has been our most consistent player this season so his absence will a big loss.

“But the pleasing thing is that defensively I feel we have looked a lot stronger this season despite not having a settled back four.”

Whitehorne will welcome back Richard Stirrup, Jamie Hadfield and Wes Hill to the squad but has injury worries with Callum Harrison and Andy Gascoigne doubtful.

Worksop Town got to Stamford boosted by a 5-2 win at Whitby Town on Wednesday, while Frickley Athletic face a testing trip to fifth place Skelmersdale United who are unbeaten at home.

Matlock Town go to second-placed AFC Fylde, while Buxton will look to stretch their unbeaten away run to four games at Marine.

The current leaders of the Evo Stik Premier are FC United of Manchester.

Fylde and Ilkeston are level on points with them, at this early stage. Frickley are fourth from bottom