Time for the rot to stop at Stocksbridge

Harrison Biggins misses home game against Carlton Town
Harrison Biggins misses home game against Carlton Town

Stocksbridge Park Steels will hope to bounce back from their FA Cup exit by ending a run of three defeats in all competitions when they host Carlton Town.

Steels manager Chris Hilton will demand a response after a lacklustre performance against Bamber Bridge last weekend.

“To say I’m disappointed is an understatement” said Hilton. “We had no shape, the work rate we demand wasn’t there, which is simply not good enough. Whats more that’s three games in a row we have gone without scoring.

“There’s a lot of work to do, we need to bring players in to give others a shake-up. But there’s no point in signing two or three new faces for the sake of it if they are no better than what we have. We’ve been talking to clubs and players this week; we’re desperate to get people in.”

Carlton arrive second from bottom with just one point from four league outings, but Hilton is taking nothing for granted.

“Carlton beat a very good Handsworth Parramore in the cup which shows there are no easy games. We will be without Nathan Joynes and Harrison Biggins through suspension while Chris White is unavailable so we will have to perform much better if we want to come away with a result.”

Sheffield FC got to Loughborough Dynamo in buoyant mood following the 2-1 FA Cup replay win over Basford United. Manager Mick Wadsworth believes the win will stand his young side in good stead. “Basford are a very experienced team but we ended up out-playing them” said Wadsworth. “What is really pleasing is that we are bringing through our own players who are gaining in experience with every game.

“The likes of Joe Green, Max Pemberton, James Gregory and Tim Whittaker have all come in and not looked out of place, it shows we are heading in the right direction.”

Wadsworth could be forced into one change. “Ashley Longstaff had to come off with a groin injury in the last match and is a real doubt” explained Wadsworth. “But we could have Jamie Hadfield and Tim Whittaker back from injury.”

In the Premier Division, Frickley Athletic host unbeaten Skelmersdale United boosted by a 1-0 midweek victory over neighbours Matlock Town that gave Karl Rose side a first league win at the sixth attempt.

Matlock Town take on fourth-placed Ilkeston FC at Causeway Lane in what is a dress rehearsal for the FA Cup tie between the two teams the following week.

And Buxton go to Blyth Spartans looking for the win that could push Martin McIntosh men into the top six as they look to make it six without defeat.