Sheffield FC boss Ian Whitehorne was delighted to have ended a run of four defeats with a 3-0 win at Goole AFC on Tuesday but knows his team must do it all over again at Brigg Town tomorrow if they are to get a shot at the play-offs.
He said: “It was nice to get the win and keep a clean sheet away from home and it gets the monkey off our back a little. We had a bit of luck for a change but as I’ve said before we haven’t been playing that badly it’s just the results that have been awful. We didn’t play any better or worse than before but this time we got the result, that’s football for you. We have got to take it forward against Brigg. It’s a big pitch which suits our style so hopefully we can go there and make it two wins in a week which alters the whole mood.”
Whitehorne singled out praise for Mark Fereday after the striker marked his return to the starting line-up against Goole with one of the goals. “He’s done really well. He scored a hat-trick in a friendly last weekend and has looked really sharp. He’s worked hard for his goal against Goole, shown a strikers instinct and he could have had another one.”
Stocksbridge Park Steels boss Darren Schofield has shrugged off speculation over his future, preferring to concentrate on the club’s fight to stay in the Premier Division and getting three points from the trip to Witton Albion. He said: “When a club is struggling you can’t stop the speculation; it goes with the job. The club have been loyal to me like I have been to them, so I trust in those people that make the decisions. As far as I am concerned it’s about sticking together. All I can do is keep trying to win games.”
Schofield believes Steels can avoid the drop despite being 11-points adrift of safety. “It’s going to be tough admittedly but there is still a long way to go and we have some big games coming up starting with Witton this weekend, while Stafford Rangers, Stamford and Trafford all teams who are in the relegation mix have got to come to Bracken Moor.”
The Steels boss has not ruled out bringing in a couple of faces: “We’ve not got the experience I’d like” he said.
“The younger players have done well, particularly the lads on loan from Sheffield United, it’s been a learning curve for them. But they are not available this weekend which is a blow.”
Stocksbridge go into the game seven-points behind Witton who occupy the last of the four relegation slots.
Elsewhere, Worksop Town go to Barwell after losing the last three. There could be a debut for defender Warren Burrell signed from Sheffield FC this week. Frickley Athletic go to Trafford. Matlock Town host Kings Lynn Town, while Buxton entertain Stamford.