Non League: Whitehorne calls for consistency

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AFTER returning to action for the first time in almost three weeks with a 3-0 win at Brigg Town on Tuesday, Sheffield FC boss Ian Whitehorne is calling for his team to show more consistency in the remaining weeks of the season.

Club travel to lowly Rainworth Miners Welfare tomorrow before returning to face Kidsgrove Athletic at the BT Local Business Stadium on Monday having picked up five points from the last 12 available.

“What we need now is consistency, and that is something which has eluded us all season,” said Whitehorne.

The Sheffield boss was delighted with the win at Brigg but admitted the scoreline was perhaps a little harsh on their hosts. “It was a good win but Brigg will feel aggrieved as they didn’t play that badly,” he said. “They had some sustained spells of pressure, but we defended well.

“Our first two goals were scored on the break and had quality about them. When the second went in I thought we controlled the game well and it was great to see Joel Purkiss get off the mark on his return to the club.”

Veteran midfielder Matt Roney will be added to the squad for the trip to Rainworth after finally completing a three-match suspension.

Club comprehensively beat Nott’s outfit 4-1 at Dronfield earlier in the season with goals from Andy Gascoigne Shaw McKenzie and an Aaron Martin brace after Rainworth had taken an early lead.

Stocksbridge Park Steels game against promotion chasing AFC Fylde is already in doubt with the Bracken Moor pitch still covered by snow.

Steels have seen their last three home games against Nantwich Town, Grantham Town and then FC United on Tuesday postponed.

Manager Darren Schofield said: “It’s very frustrating for everyone. We have been training indoors to keep the lads fitness levels up at Netherthorpe School in Staveley, who have kindly allowed us to use their facilities.

Meanwhile, Schofield revealed that Rotherham United have agreed to extend striker Alec Denton’s loan at Bracken Moor until the end of the season. Ironically Stocksbridge could move out of the bottom two without kicking a ball if Kendal Town lose at home against FC United by three clear goals.

Frickley Athletic go to mid-table Ashton United needing three wins from their remaining eight games to mathematically retain their Premier Division status.

Worksop Town travel to Matlock Town, who expect to have leading scorer Lewis McMahon available again after injury.