Stocksbridge Park Steels boss Chris Hilton is calling for his team to produce a repeat of the performance that earned a surprise FA Trophy win at Northwich Victoria last weekend, when they take on Loughborough Dynamo at Bracken Moor.
“If we play like that then we’ll win” said Hilton. “We’ve shown what we can do when we focus our minds. We need to take that into the league and produce the same form and fighting spirit week in, week out - it’s been lacking in some games. We haven’t won in five games in the league, it’s important we end that run.”
Hilton is likely to hand a home debut to new striker Joe Lumsden who made a impressive start to his Steels career, making one and scoring the other at Northwich. “Joe did really well,” enthused Hilton, “He’s direct and isn’t afraid to shoot on sight. He linked up well with Scott Ruthven; they work well together.”
Hilton welcomes back midfielder Richard Patterson from suspension along with Andy Fox who missed the trip to Northwich. But Brandon Cardwell is out with an ankle injury picked up in the FA Trophy triumph, while Jack Poulton is still out. Forward Lee Garside is likely to go out on loan to build up his match fitness.
Sheffield FC travel to Goole AFC for the third meeting between the teams this season. Goole knocked Club out of the FA Cup 3-0 in a replay at the Coach & Horses following a draw at the Victoria Pleasure Ground in August.
Sheffield boss Andy Kiwomya said: “It’s an opportunity to avenge the Cup defeat. We know what they are all about as they do us. In the replay at our place we had to play with 10-men after our young keeper Jordan Greaves was sent-off in the first minute and they took advantage of that. We’re fourth in the table after 15 games, we’re there on merit and looking to consolidate our position. We’ve just lost a couple of games so we must bounce back.”
Shaw Lane Aquaforce travel to mid-table Kidsgrove Athletic after closing the gap on Division One South leaders Stafford Rangers to five points after storming to a 5-0 win over Basford United on Tuesday. The Ducks are in superb form having won eight in an unbeaten run of nine games in all competitions since losing 3-0 at Newcastle Town in September.
In the Premier Division, Frickley Athletic go to Matlock Town. Karl Rose side will be aiming to make it three leagues on the spin as they look to avenge the Gladiators 2-1 win at Westfield Lane on the opening day.
Buxton go to second-placed Darlington 1883 hoping to complete a league double after Martin McIntosh’s side won the reverse fixture 2-0 in August.
Premier Division: Darlington 1883 v Buxton, Matlock Town v Frickley Athletic.
Division One South: Goole AFC v Sheffield FC, Kidsgrove Athletic v Shaw Lane Aquaforce, Stocksbridge Park Steels v Loughborough Dynamo.