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Sheffield FC manager Andy Kiwomya feels his side are heading in the right direction ahead of tomorrow’s FA Cup preliminary round tie at Evo-Stik League One South rivals Goole AFC.

Club go into the tie unbeaten in three since the opening day home defeat against Carlton Town following Tuesday’s 2-2 draw against Spalding United. “I’m very pleased with the way we have responded” said Kiwomya. “In the first game we had enough chances to have won. We then produced a good performance to get a draw at Shaw Lane Aquaforce and we were excellent in the first half against Chasetown last weekend. On Tuesday we took a little time to adapt to the wet surface but we showed character. Goals change games and if you don’t put the ball in the net when you get the chance, then you’ll get punished and that’s what’s happened.

“You have got to put games to bed like we did at Chasetown and stick to your game plan. Its a learning curve but we’re on the right track.”

Kiwomya is looking forward to the trip to Goole who are managed by an old pal of the Sheffield boss, Alan Semley. “Alan is a friend I’ve known from my playing days. I’ll wish him well before the game but after that I’ll want to knock his team out of the cup.

“We want to try and make sure that we have a good run in the cup. There is still that romance with the FA Cup and its something that players and managers alike look forward to.” James Knowles is expected to have recovered from injury sustained against Shaw Lane leaving Kiwomya with a full squad to choose from.

In-form Stocksbridge Park Steels host Division One North Farsley Celtic with boss Chris Hilton keen to keep the winning run going.

Steels have won all four league outings and sit top of Division One South and Hilton said; “Winning becomes a habit and we want to keep that habit going as long as possible. A good cup run is also important to the club from a financial point of view.”

Goalkeeper Sam Andrew will be back in the starting eleven after being rested in midweek as a precaution with David Reay cup-tied, while defender Brandon Cardwell is in line to make his first start of the season.

Shaw Lane Aquaforce will look to bounce back from their first defeat of the season after losing out 3-2 at Lincoln United earlier in the week, when they visit North West Counties strugglers Alsager Town.

Fixtures

The Emirates FA Cup Preliminary Round: Alsager Town v Shaw Lane Aquaforce, Goole AFC v Sheffield FC, Stocksbridge Park Steels v Farsley Celtic.

Premier Division: Buxton v Salford City, Hyde United v Matlock Town, Ramsbottom United v Frickley Athletic.