Thompson and Callery sign for truggling Stocksbridge

Former Stocksbridge captain Alex Calleryhas rejoined the club from Shaw Lane Aquaforce
Former Stocksbridge captain Alex Calleryhas rejoined the club from Shaw Lane Aquaforce
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Stocksbridge Park Steels find themselves in the Evo-Stik South’s bottom two following a fourth straight defeat in a winless run of five games following the 2-1 home reversal against Romulus.

And although Nathan Joynes’ late penalty at least brought an end to Steels’ scoring drought it was little consolation for a side in desperate need of a victory.

Stocksbridge have taken just seven-points from 10 games with home wins against Lincoln United and Carlton Town 2-0 and 3-2 respectively added to a goalless draw at Leek Town.

Manager Chris Hilton makes no secret of the fact he still needs to add to the squad but won’t be rushed into bringing in new faces just for the sake of it and will only sign players that he believes can improve the squad.

Two players who fall into the criteria arrived late last week just in time to make their debuts against Romulus.

Hilton landed experienced Lee Thompson from Belper Town and Alex Callery rejoined the club after a short spell at Shaw Lane Aquaforce.

Thompson, the former Sheffield United player and England Youth international can operate in midfield or fullback.

Hilton will be hoping the pair can help bring about an upturn in the club’s fortunes with Steels not wanting to get embroiled in a second relegation fight having just dropped down from the top flight.

But now is not the time to start pressing the alarm bells as the rebuilding job after last season relegation was always going to take time and whilst the Bracken Moor club are now second from bottom, a quick glance at the table shows they are one win away from mid-table.

Stocksbridge will face Jubilee Sports in the second round of the Sheffield Senior Cup on Tuesday (7.45).

The visitors are seventh in the County Senior Premier Division with three wins from nine games but have not won in five away.