Forget Owls and Blades: come down to watch us

Steve Woolley who is expected to return for Sheffield FC: Pic Ben Webster
Steve Woolley who is expected to return for Sheffield FC: Pic Ben Webster

Sheffield FC boss Ian Whitehorne has issued a rallying call to for local football fans to come along and sample non-league football this weekend.

With Wednesday not in action and United playing away at Coventry City on Sunday the Club boss would like to see the supporters of both the city’s professional clubs to come along and watch Sheffield FC as they take on Kidsgrove Athletic at Dronfield.

“It would be nice to see more people coming through the turnstiles to watch their local club particularly with neither United nor Wednesday playing,” said Whitehorne.

“It’s not a cheap day out to watch a professional football these days, and let’s face it neither are having the best of times at the moment or scoring many goals.

“We get decent crowds compared with other team at our level but another 50 or 60 on the gate each week can make all the difference. There is one thing for sure you’re bound to see goals if you pop along to Sheffield FC and at £6, you never know: you might just like what you see.”

The game against Kidsgrove had been quickly re-arranged with scheduled opponents Halesowen Town involved in the FA Cup which pleased the club boss.

“What we don’t want is to be having free weekend at this stage of the season so I’m pleased the league sorted a game out”

Kidsgrove arrive just one place outside the bottom two in Division One South and without an away league win in four although will go into the game on the back of two successive home wins which should give them added confidence. And Whitehorne already knows the slippery perils of playing teams at the bottom end of the table.

“We have recently played Bedworth United and Brigg Town who are both down there at the bottom but gave us tough games with Brigg getting a draw at our place” he said. “But we are at home and are expected to win. At times we have switched off at home, so we need to put that right, keep switched on for the full 90 minutes and become a little more consistent.”

Tom Burgin, Warren Burrell and Ben Turner are all carrying knocks but are expected to be included in the squad. As is Steve Woolley, who missed the Senior Cup tie at Penistone Church through injury.

Elsewhere, Stocksbridge Park Steels go to Marine in a rescheduled game boosted by a first win in 14 outings following Wednesday’s 5-1 Senior Cup win over NCEL side Dinnington Town.

There is little doubt that Marine will provide much stiffer opposition but the victory should at least boost Steels ailing confidence.

Striker Nathan Joynes and Danny South are both likely to be recalled after being rested for the cup but frontman Alec Denton will have given boss Darren Schofield food for thought after scoring and putting in a decent performance against Dinnington.

Frickley Athletic go in search of a first away leaguer win of the season at fifth-placed Ilkeston FC, while Matlock Town travel to next to bottom Stafford Rangers looking to stretch their unbeaten league run to five games. Buxton take on Nantwich Town at the Silverlands looking for a first win in five.

Worksop Town hit the FA Cup trail again with a trip to Skrill North side Solihull Moors in a third qualifying round tie. The Tigers have won the last four away including knocking Moors league rivals Stalybridge Celtic out of the cup 5-3 in the previous round.