Shefffield FC can take heart from defeat

Sheffield FC defender Ben Algar (red shirt) doubftul for trip to Loughborough with badley swollen ankle - Pic: Ben Webster.

Sheffield FC defender Ben Algar (red shirt) doubftul for trip to Loughborough with badley swollen ankle - Pic: Ben Webster.

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Sheffield FC boss Ian Whitehorne faces a wait before being able to name his squad for the trip to Loughborough Town.

Club‘s threadbare squad is down to the bare bones after picking up a couple more injuries in Tuesday’s 3-2 defeat against Halesowen Town.

Stocksbridge striker Jamie Smith  hoping to have shaken off effects of illness to take his place in attack. Pic by Peter Revi

Stocksbridge striker Jamie Smith hoping to have shaken off effects of illness to take his place in attack. Pic by Peter Revi

“We’ve got a busy schedule with four games in eight days and my concern is getting 11 fit players out on the pitch for Saturday” said Whitehorne.

“Steve Woolley had to come off against Halesowen with a groin injury as did Max Pemberton who picked up a calf injury while Ben Algar’s ankle is badly swollen. It’s touch and go whether Joel Purkiss will be ready to return from his ankle injury and it’s looking likely Vill Powell will be unavailable, so we’re stretched to the limit.”

Sheffield - who are continuing negotiations with the city council about a move back to Olive Grove - can take heart from the defeat against title chasing Halesowen. “You don’t like losing but I enjoyed the way we played in the second half I thought the lads were excellent” said Whitehorne. “It would have been difficult going to Loughborough had we been beaten heavily but they way we performed we can be confident.”

Stocksbridge Park Steels host Kings Lynn Town in their penultimate home game of the season. Steels want to give their long suffering supporters something to smile about by ending the worst losing streak in the club’s history: 14 defeats on the trot. Kings Lynn are comfortably tucked away in mid-table with nothing other than pride to play for. The Linnets have not had the best of times on the road, losing four of the last five.

Jamie Smith will be hoping to take his place in a three pronged attack alongside Nathan Joynes and Danny South, providing he has shaken off the effects of illness that forced him off at half-time in last weekend’s defeat at leaders Chorley.

Frickley Athletic go into their game at Rushall Olympic knowing defeat will see them relegated if Marine avoid defeat at home against Ilkeston. Only a month ago Karl Rose’s side had looked like escaping after winning three league games on the bounce but have since picked up just one point from the last six outings which leaves them facing the drop.

Worksop Town boss Mark Shaw could rest some of his players for the visit of Blyth Spartans after the Tigers secured their place in the play-offs places with a 1-0 win at Marin on Wednesday evening as Blyth saw their play-off hopes vanish with a 5-1 defeat at third –placed AFC Fylde.

Matlock Town go to an out-of-sorts Nantwich Town confident of completing a league double against a side that has won just one of the last 12 outings. The Gladiators are boosted by the return of leading scorer Danny Holland from suspension.

Buxton will be expected to pick up maximum points from the visit to the Silverlands of rock bottom Droylsden, whose only joy in 21 outings on the road came in a 2-2 draw against Barwell in February.