Sheffield FC out to stop the rot after six home defeats

Stocksbridge Park Steels manager Chris Hilton believes the pressure will be on hosts Mickleover
Stocksbridge Park Steels manager Chris Hilton believes the pressure will be on hosts Mickleover
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Sheffield FC boss Jordan Broadbent put Saturday’s home clash against Loughborough Dynamo in a nutshell saying “We’ve got to stop the rot.”

Club were beaten 6-2 by Chasetown last weekend, their sixth straight loss at the Coach and Horses Ground.

“Its important that we bounce back, we’ve got to go out there, roll our sleeves up and make sure we come away with a win,” said Broadbent.

“If we get the first goal the confidence will return and we’ll have people wanting to get on the ball. We want to go into Monday’s derby at Stocksbridge with three points under our belts.

“But our first priority is Loughborough on Saturday.”

Broadbent said it was difficult to put a finger on any one reason behind the loss of home form but felt his side were better than the recent run of poor results suggested.

“Apart from game against Stafford and the 45 minutes in the second half against Chasetown, I feel we’ve been good. We haven’t been beaten easily in the other games we’ve lost by the odd goal and they could quite easily had gone our way.”

The Club boss revealed he had been a little relieved that Tuesday’s home game against Goole was postponed after heavy rain left the Dronfield pitch flooded.

“We had Ben Turner and John McGrath down with a flu bug. James Knowles has a groin injury and Ash Longstaff was not available, while Zeph Thomas has only just returned from international duty.

“It left us a little depleted so it wasn’t the worst thing that could happen when the game was called off as it gave them a full week to get over their ailments and hopefully to have recovered in time for Saturday. “

It could be the right time to be facing Loughborough, who have won only two of their last 15.

Stocksbridge Park Steels face a tough-looking trip to Division One South leaders Mickleover Sports.

Steels boss Chris Hilton says all the pressure will be on the home team so it could give his side a chance of nicking a result: “They’re a good side that are going very well and are looking to be champions,” said Hilton. “They’ll be expected to win so we’ve really got nothing to lose.

“We know they will come at us but we can’t just go there and sit back. We won’t go gung-ho either or we’ll get picked off. We’ll go with a game plan and hopefully come away with the result.”

In the Premier Division, 20th-placed Frickley Athletic have a six-pointer at home to Nantwich, who are 19th.

Fixtures - Premier Div: Barwell v Matlock, Buxton v Marine, Frickley v Nantwich.

Div One South: Mickleover Sports v Stocksbridge Park Steels, Sheffield FC v Loughborough Dynamo.