Sheffield FC go in search of further FA Trophy glory this weekend when they look to make home advantage count against Premier Division Buxton.
Manager Ian Whitehorne knows his team can expected a tough tie against what he describes as a well organised outfit but believes Club are more than capable of reaching the next round.
“It will be a very difficult game for us, they are going well under Martin McIntosh in the Premier Division” said Whitehorne.
“We will start underdogs because we are playing a team from a higher division but I don’t think it will be a huge upset if we won. We’ve got to give it everything we’ve got. We have got goals in us so if we defend well we have got a chance.”
The Sheffield boss knows that McIntosh will have done his homework: “Martin will not underestimate us, his teams are well drilled and meticulously organised. They also work very hard for each other; you only have to look at the last round when they came from 3-0 down in the replay at Darlington to draw 3-3 before going through on pens, which tells you something of the character of the team.
“They have proven scorers in Mark Reed and Lee Morris.”
Whitehorne though has confidence in his own player’s ability despite leading scorer Andy Gascoigne being suspended, a ban he would have been completed had Tuesday’s game against Scarborough not been postponed.
“We have a good squad here and we’ve already shown what we are capable of after winning 3-0 at Ashton United in the last round” said Whitehorne. “Everyone is up for it and looking forward to the game, it should be an interesting contest.”
Whitehorne is keeping his starting 11 under wraps but revealed that experienced defender Stuart Ludlam is likely to miss out with a calf strain, but there is better news on Steve Woolley, who is expected to have shaken off a knock picked up in the win over Eastwood Town last weekend.
Matlock Town, who received a bye in the last round due to the demise of Hinckley United, host St Neots Town.
The visitors enjoyed a 3-1 win at Evo-Stik league One Halesowen Town in the previous round but are struggling second from bottom of the Calor League Southern Premier Division.
The league action this weekend sees Stocksbridge Park Steels take on Grantham Town in a rearranged game at Bracken Moor. Steels boss Darren Schofield is likely to hand a home debut to new attacking midfielder Chris Ovington from Goole AFC.
The visitors picked up their first win in five games beating Kings Lynn Town 2-0 on Tuesday, while Stocksbridge will be in buoyant mood after grabbing their first win since the opening day of the season with a 1-0 victory at high-riding Buxton on Wednesday. `Nathan Joynes scored the goal.
Despite heavy pressure from Buxton the visitors managed to hold on for their first shut-out of the season and a rare three point haul away from home.
Frickley Athletic entertain promotion hopefuls Ilkeston as the Blues look to bounce back from Tuesday’s 2-0 defeat at Blyth Spartans.
Worksop Town hope to take advantage of Barwell’s poor run of form when the teams meet at Sandy Lane.
The visitors arrive having taken just two points from the last seven league games which has seen them slip into the bottom half of the table.