Waddle and Palmer lace up the old boots again

Brett Bowden-Lovell back in action
Brett Bowden-Lovell back in action

There is a feast of football at the Coach and Horses ground tomorrow with Sheffield FC set to host Division One South rivals Gresley in the FA Trophy Third Qualifying Round, following their 1-0 success over Buxton on Tuesday.

There is also the inaugural Pioneers Cup taking place at 5.30pm, where a Sheffield FC team including the likes of Chris Waddle and Carlton Palmer take on the oldest clubs from Spain and Italy, Recreativo de Huelva and Genoa respectively, in a three-team tournament.

The Gresley match tie kicks off at 3pm.

Boss Ian Whitehorne knows his team will start slight favourites said; “The tables have turned a bit.

“We are at home against a team lower than us in the division so will be expected to win this time but we could have had a lot harder draw so we can’t really complain.

“We’ve got to guard against complacency; we will need to be at the top of our game to go through.

“I’ve said before that if three or four players are off their game at this level then you will get beaten. We have had one defeat in the last 11 now so confidence is high and we have got a settled squad with competition for places.”

Callum Harrison and Tom Burgin are added to the squad after missing the win over Buxton.

Gresley arrive on the back of a five match unbeaten run.

In the Premier Division, Stocksbridge Park Steels host Rushall Olympic. The club will commemorate a year since the death of former assistant manager Gary Ingham, with a round of applause before kick-off.

Steels will be aiming for a third league win in the last four and boss Darren Schofield has been happy with how his team have shaped up in recent weeks. “I’ve have been really pleased with how we’ve performed in the last three games even though we lost at Nantwich last weekend” said Schofield.

“We played well in the first half and possibly should have led by more than the one goal at half-time.

“They came out and had a go at us and got the equaliser, but we defended well and looked like we would come away with a point, but then switched off at a corner and they grab a late winner.”

Stocksbridge drew 1-1 at Rushall earlier in the season and Schofield says he expects pretty much the same from his opponents tomorrow.

“They are a combative team and you know you’re in for a battle.

“We got a good result at their place, we’ve shown we can handle that, we’re at home so the onus is on us to go out set the tempo and try and come away with all-three points.”

James Knowles and Brett Bowden-Lovell are set to return to the squad after suspension, while Matt Hamshaw is expected to have shaken off a niggle. But goalkeeper Ben Scott and midfielder Alex Callery are still a couple of weeks away from returning with Lewis Akeister now added to the list following a leg injury suffered at Harrogate.

Elsewhere, Frickley Athletic go FC United of Manchester in buoyant mood having won the last three on the trot in league and cup including a 4-3 victory over leaders Skelmersdale last weekend. United won 2-1 at Westfield Lane earlier in the season but have seen their promotion push stall after winning just two of the last eight.

In-form Worksop Town go to Ashton United looking to consolidate their play-off place after climbing up to fourth following the haul of 15-points from six games.