Club hope history doesn’t repeat itself at Stafford

Stocksbridge striker Brad Grayson. Picture: Peter Revitt.
Stocksbridge striker Brad Grayson. Picture: Peter Revitt.

Both Sheffield FC and Stocksbridge Park Steels hit the road this weekend with Club heading for Marston Road and a date with promotion hopefuls Stafford Rangers just a week after the hosts eased to a 4-1 win at Stocksbridge.

“I will be giving Chris [Hilton, Steels boss] a call before we go there to get his thoughts on Stafford and how they play,” said Sheffield boss Jordan Broadbent.

“Stafford are a very good side that are going well so any extra-input on their strengths and any weaknesses will be helpful.”

Stafford are fourth in the table and have been beaten just once in 16 league outings at Marston Road. But Broadbent added: “We’ve proved that we can mix it with teams at the top end of the table.

“I think there is less pressure to get a result when you’re playing the top sides whereas when you play teams at the bottom the expectancy levels are much higher.

“I’m a positive person and always confident that we can get something out of every game we play.”

Sheffield’s only injury concern is Warren Burrell whom is doubtful with a knee injury.

Joel Purkiss will be hoping for a recall to the starting line-up after coming off the bench to score the equaliser as Club came from 2-1 down to win 3-2 at Rainworth in the ir last outing.

Injury hit Stocksbridge travel to Chasetown where manager Hilton will wait until the last minute before naming his team.

“We’re struggling a little bit at the moment numbers wise,” he said.

“We had Brandon Cardwell and Brad Grayson on the bench last week against Stafford but neither were fully fit, while goalkeeper Sam Andrew is struggling with a thigh injury which prevented him kicking the ball last week.

“We’ve had a couple of players leave, with Chris White going to Shaw Lane Aquaforce and Liam Schofield moving to Goole AFC which has left us a little short on numbers.

“We thought we had got a couple of players over the line this week having agreed terms but for one reason or another they have decided to go elsewhere. There is no point moaning about it - these things happen in football you just have to get on with the things.”

Steels go into the game fourth from bottom with a six-point cushion over the drop zone: “I’m confident we’ll be okay,” said Hilton.

“But we need to put some more points on the board as quickly as we can.”

n Fixtures, Premier Division: Belper Town v Buxton, Frickley Athletic v Workington, Matlock Town v Nantwich Town.

n Division One South: Chasetown v Stocksbridge Park Steels, Stafford Rangers v Sheffield FC.