Sheffield boss Ian Whitehorne is calling for his team to finish the season unbeaten after bouncing back from last weekend’s 5-1 blip at promotion chasing Chasetown to beat Newcastle Town 1-0 at Dronfield on Tuesday.
Just one defeat in 10 league games has seen Club climb to ninth in Division One South ahead of tomorrow’s home date with Gresley FC.
Whitehorne said: “We have three difficult games left, at leaders Kings Lynn on Tuesday then at home to Romulus in the final game of the season. It would be nice to remain unbeaten to the end.”
The Sheffield boss was pleased to see his side respond from the setback against Chasetown. “We just didn’t show up against Chasetown and when that happens you get to see how your team handles setbacks. I think we showed that we can handle these things. Although it was only 1-0 we dominated for long periods and should have had more to show for it. We were guilty of some sloppy finishing on another night we could have had five, hopefully will can put that right against Gresley.”
Meanwhile, Whitehorne has been confirmed as manager along with his assistant Vill Powell on a permanent basis but warns there is no quick fix.
He said; “It’s a tremendous honour to be asked to take the role on and we are under no illusions about the enormity of the task facing us next season. First though we have three more games to see off and the small matter of a Senior Cup Final appearance at Hillsborough next month.
“The difficult part will be keeping hold of these players. Our form hasn’t gone unnoticed and the vultures are already circling, but we will be doing all we can to keep this group players together.”
Having secured their Premier Division safety with a 5-2 win over Nantwich Town at Bracken Moor on Tuesday, Stocksbridge Park Steels go to title chasing Hednesford Town in the final away game of the season with the pressure off .
It will be Steels fourth game in eight days - they lost 2-0 at home against AFC Fylde last night - so boss Darren Schofield is likely to rotate his squad.
Frickley Athletic play their final home game of the season with fourth-placed Witton Albion the visitors to Westfield Lane.