Whitehorne bids to take care of another victory

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Sheffield FC caretaker boss Ian Whithorne is hoping to continue his good start with another three points at lowly Mickleover Sports.

Club won 4-1 at Kidsgrove Athletic on New Year’s Day in what was Whitehorne’s first game in charge since taking control of team affairs following the resignation of Curtis Woodhouse, who stepped down after the 5-1 home defeat against Belper Town on Boxing Day to concentrate on his professional boxing career.

Whitehorne - the club’s general manager - enjoyed a successful stint as caretaker manager towards the end of the2010/11 campaign following the departure of Chris Dolby but stepped aside when Sheffield appointed Mark Shaw who was then sacked after one season in charge.

Whitehorne is happy to step in again and help the club out as they search for a new manager. “I will do whatever job I’m asked to do, even if that’s only for a couple of games or so,” said the Sheffield boss.

But he is not getting carried away with the start. saying: “Before the season started the play-offs was our minimum aim. But things haven’t worked that way for us.

“You only have to look at the squad to see we have some great players here. But we won’t be telling everyone we are going to make the play-offs, we are just concentrating on the next game.”

Sheffield are in 11th and nine points outside the top five, but with games in hand and 66 points still up for grabs, they have all to play for. Mickleover have won just once in the last nine league outings but held Sheffield to a 2-2 draw at Dronfield in November when Vill Powell netted with four minutes remaining to rescue a point.

Struggling Stocksbridge Park Steels go to Eastwood in what is surely a must-win game for Steels in the battle between the Premier Division’s bottom two teams.

Darren Schofield’s men are four points clear of rock bottom Eastwood having played a game more and know that three points is likely to see them climb out of the bottom two with fellow strugglers Kendal Town facing leaders North Ferriby United.

Eastwood have picked up just one point from the last 13 games.

Frickley will once again look to their home form to steer them away from the drop zone when they host mid-table Rushall Olympic. The Blues have won seven of 12 games at Wesfield Lane.

Promotion-chasing Worksop Town go to Stafford Rangers looking to bounce back from a 2-1 defeat at Ilkeston, while Matlock Town go to Blyth Spartans with Buxton at home against AFC Fylde.