Evo-Stik League: Kiwomya confident Club can earn play-off spot

Stocksbridge Park Steels' Joe Lumsden. Picture: Peter Revitt

Stocksbridge Park Steels' Joe Lumsden. Picture: Peter Revitt

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Sheffield FC boss Andy Kiwomya is confident his team can secure a place in the play-offs ahead of their trip to lowly Carlton Town.

Despite losing their last two matches and winning only two of the last 13 league outings, Club are just five points shy of the top five positions.

Sheffield FC striker Benny Igi-Ehon. Picture: Ben Webster

Sheffield FC striker Benny Igi-Ehon. Picture: Ben Webster

“There are still a lot of games to be played and we’re just a few points away from the play off places so there is all to play for in the second half of the season,” said Kiwomya. “We know there is still a lot of work to be done and we’re not the finished article by any means.

“I think in every game so far this season we have been there or thereabouts, sometimes the result hasn’t reflected our performance.

“Last week at Romulus was typical of how it’s gone. We were by far the better team, yet came away empty handed.

“We have not taken as many of the chances we have created as I would have liked and defensively we have conceded too many sloppy goals.

“If we can convert more of our chances and tighten up at the back then we’ll have a good second half to the season.”

Kiwomya has been robbed of key players by injuries and illness over the past couple of weeks with Stuart Ludlam, Anton Foster, Shaq McKenzie and Hafeez Hamzat all missing games.

“They are big players for us that can step up to the plate so hopefully we’ll have a couple back to fitness in time for Saturday,” said Kiwomya.

“One of the plus points is that Benny Igi-Ehon has kept clear of injures.

“He’s been in really good form lately and has already hit 14 goals, which is testament to his hard work and commitment when things have not being go right for him in front of goal.”

Fourth bottom Carlton won 2-1 at Dronfield on the opening game of the season and go into the game on the back of a 5-2 home win over Tividale that ended a four match winless run.

Stocksbridge Park Steels boss Chris Hilton has targeted a maximum points haul from the month of January.

Hilton’s side are looking for a second straight win and a league double when they visit Market Drayton Town, whom they beat 3-2 on the opening day of the season.

“I think we can win every game in January if we play to our potential,” said a buoyant Hilton after kicking off 2016 with a 2-1 home success against Spalding United where Joe Lumsden hit his fifth goal since joining Steels in early November.

“We’ve looked at the fixtures we have over the month and believe it’s achievable.

“Yes there are a couple of tough games in there, one of which was against Spalding so that’s one hurdle we’re over.

“The players are working hard and have the confidence to do it. We know we are capable of beating anyone on the day but we’ll be taking each game as it comes.

“Market Drayton have lost the last four on the bounce and haven’t played for the last couple weeks so hopefully they will be a little rusty, while we have just come off the back of a good win so hopefully that will work in our favour.”

Shaw Lane Aquaforce entertain bottom of the table Tividale as Craig Elliott’s side look to consolidate their place in the play-off places.

The visitors have yet to win away from homer after 12 attempts. However, it took goals from Lee Bennett and Adam Priestley inside the last five minutes for Shaw Lane run out narrow 2-1 winners in the reverse fixture back in August.

FIXTURES

Premier Division: Darlington 1883 v Matlock Town, Frickley Athletic v Buxton.

Division One South: Carlton Town v Sheffield FC, Market Drayton Town v Stocksbridge Park Steels, Shaw Lane Aquaforce v Tividale.