Club must pick itself up after embarrassing boob

Sheffield FC forward Zeph Thomas gets a push in the back from his marker
Sheffield FC forward Zeph Thomas gets a push in the back from his marker

Manager Ian Whitehorne says he will need to lift his players up ahead of the visit of Division One South play-off chasing Romulus.

It comes after Club lost a 4-1 lead against Bedworth United in the last few minutes on Tuesday evening, eventually tying 4-4.

Zeph Thomas in goalscoring mode

Zeph Thomas in goalscoring mode

“It felt more like a defeat, the players are feeling down so will need picking up” said Whitehorne.

“That’s now 15-points we have dropped in the last six minutes of games. A more experienced side would have seen the game out, but we haven’t got that, we’re a young team that panicked. We know we need leadership and experience out there but because of financial restraints we cannot bring those types of players in unless they are going to come here and play for nothing, I don’t think so.”

The Sheffield boss, who has been frustrated by the loss of several key players, said: “At the start of the season we budgeted for the play-offs. But circumstance has meant that we have had to sell our captain Warren Burrell and Tom Burgin, a big strong defender, and had to let Stuart Ludlam go. We are a mid-table team, and until things get sorted out that’s where we are.”

Whitehorne admitted it will be a tough game against Romulus who beat Club 3-0 earlier this season. “They are a good side looking to get into the play-offs. But we are unbeaten at home in the last two although we are kicking ourselves it is not one win and a draw. We have lost just one of the last four and Zeph Thomas is back to his scoring best so they’re the positives we will take into the game.”

Worksop Town host struggling Stocksbridge Park Steels - that is the Evo-Stik’s Premier Division’s most potent strike force up against one of the worst defensive records in the league.

The Tigers have netted 94 times in the league in their quest to seal a place in the pay-offs or possibly automatic promotion. Leon Mettam, the Premier leading scorer has contributed 33 of those with Tom Denton and Jack Muldoon hitting 19 and 16 respectively. While Steels leaky defence has already conceded 95 goals following a 6-1 rout at Ilkeston in the last outing with only rock bottom Droylsden having let in more, which is one of the reasons why Steels are heading for the Premier Division exit door. Stocksbridge could be boosted by the return of combative midfielder James Knowles.

Frickley Athletic face relegation rivals Barwell; the two teams in 19th and 20th respectively are separated by goal-difference only. And manager Karl Rose, will be hoping his team can clinch a third home win in eight days following 2-0 victories over Nantwich Town then Loughborough in the League Cup on Tuesday, while the visitors go into the game boosted by a win over Ashton United.

Elsewhere, Matlock Town will be hoping to bounce back from last week’s 6-1 hammering at Rushall Olympic by baptising their newly named Autoworld Arena with a win against second in the table Skelmersdale United, while Buxton go in search of a second away win on the bounce at Rushall.