Stocksbridge Park Steels head into the home game against Ilkeston with boss Darren Schofield admitting: “We could really do with a win.”
Steels have not won in 10 league games since beating Droylsden 3-1 on the opening day of the campaign.
But Schofield believes his team are not far away from turning the corner. He said “We should have won last week (against Witton.) We were 2-0 up and then threw it away, we didn’t defend their two goals well which is particularly disappointing.
“We need learn to close games down when we are in front. Hopefully we can learn from our mistakes and put it right on Saturday.”
Schofield thought the team showed improvement from the defeat at Whitby: “We wanted a reaction after the poor performance against Whitby, and I think we got that against Witton. We were a lot better and got ourselves into a good position but didn’t see it out.
“There was a lot of positives to take from the game, we played well in parts and created chances, I would be more worried if we were not creating chances, we just need to be more consistent over 90 minutes.”
Alex Callery is doubtful with a sore ankle, while striker Nathan Joynes should return after missing last week’s game with a tight hamstring. Matt Telling is ruled out through suspension, while Schofield revealed he is hoping to bring in couple of new additions.
Sheffield FC make the trip across the Pennines into Lancashire where they take on Evo-Stik North side Padiham in a FA Vase preliminary round tie.
Manager Ian Whitehorne says he will take an untidy goal as long as they come away with a win. “We’ve had work hard to create our goals this season. We haven’t had any of those scrappy ones that you think to yourself - we got away with that one - they seem to have all come against us.
“So I don’t mind off it goes in off someone’s backside, I’ll take it.
“On Tuesday against Brigg it was typical of how things have gone this season. The lad miss-hit his shot and it bobbled past Rob Poulter. Then we score with as good a worked goal as you’re likely to see. Stuart Ludlam continued his run to get on the end of a cross in a move the lad had started on the edge of our box.”
Whitehorne admits his team’s lack of consistency is holding them back. He said: “We have a squad that is full of talent but it’s just not working week in week. It’s fair to say we are little inconsistent at the moment; that’s why we are where we are in mid-table”
Padiham arrived on the Evo-Stik scene this season after winning the North West Counties Premier Division last term and have just bounced back from a run of six defeats on the spin to win the last two outings. “Every time we go anywhere lately we are up against a team that has just picked up,” said the Sheffield boss. “We had them watched in the last two games and they have done well - we are in for a tough game.”
Worksop Town will hope to celebrate winning the Premier Division’s ‘Club of the Month’ award for September with a win over Witton Albion at Sandy Lane. Frickley Athletic take on next to bottom Stafford Rangers at Westfield Lane looking for a first win in four, while Rangers are without a point in four away games. Matlock Town go to bottom of the table Droylsden, while Buxton face a tough trip to league leaders AFC Flyde.