Stocksbridge Park Steels boss Chris Hilton wants his side to push on after ending their 12 match winless home run stretching back to last December, with a 2-0 victory over Lincoln United on Tuesday.
And Steels have the chance to make it back-to back home league wins for the first time in over 12 months when they host Sutton Coldfield Town this weekend. “It’s important that we make sure we build on the win” said Hilton.
“We’ve worked hard in the last two games and that’s what we expect in every game. The pleasing thing is that the players have taken on board what we want them to do. We still want to get further up the pitch and dominate games but it’s important we remain solid at the back and hard to break down.”
Hilton believes his side should have taken maximum points from the two games played said. “We’ve got three points on board but I’m convinced it would have been six had Nathan Joynes not been sent off at Norton.
“We looked like we would hold on after Nathan had given us the lead but then two big decisions went against us. I thought Nathan’s challenge was a yellow card at best, I couldn’t believe it when he was shown a red. Then the ref gives them a penalty when not only had Julian Lawrance won the ball but it was a foot outside the area.”
Saturday’s visitors Sutton narrowly missed out on the play-offs last season and have started this with four points from their opening two games but Hilton says it’s too early to assess opponents: “It’s another home game where we will be looking for three points. Sutton come here unbeaten, but it’s only two games into the new season so you can’t read much into that.”
Central defender Ryan Laight is available after serving a two match suspension but Lawrance could be out for up to eight weeks with a knee injury.
Sheffield FC face a trip to promoted Tividale where Mick Wadsworth’s side will look to bounce back from their 3-1 defeat at Goole AFC earlier in the week.
The hosts, who won the Midland Alliance League title last season, have made a good start in the Evo-Stik league winning both their opening games. Defender Tim Whittaker could return to the squad after missing the midweek trip through injury.
In the Premier Division Frickley Athletic go in search of a first win of the season at Halesowen Town where the hosts have started out with two successive draws.
Matlock Town will hope to kick start their season with a win against Blyth Spartan at Causeway Lane after picking up just one point from the opening two games, while Buxton go to unbeaten Ashton United boosted by a midweek draw at FC United.
Premier Division: Ashton United v Buxton, Halesowen Town v Frickley Athletic, Matlock Town v Blyth Spartans. Division One South: Stocksbridge v Sutton Coldfield Town, Tividale v Sheffield FC.