It’s non-league day tomorrow and with no Premier or Championship football Sheffield FC hope to entice some extra supporters to their home clash with Loughborough Dynmao.
Club are offering entrance at just £1 to any Premier or Football League season ticket holder. The offer is also open to students at the two city’s Universities as well as NHS workers, Police, Ambulance, Fire Service and armed forces. All that is required is at the turnstile is some ID or proof of qualification for the offer.
Sheffield boss Andy Kiwomya said: “This is a chance to come and see what’s going on in non-league football. I think football fans in general understand what non-league is all about as many play or have played themselves and know how difficult it can be financial wise, so hopefully we’ll see a big crowd for an entertaining game”
Sheffield are beginning to show form at home having won three of the last four at the Coach & Horses but it Kiwomya that said; “We played really well against Trafford and showed what we are all about with some good attacking play but we can’t become complacent. It’s important that we are focused from the start and go about our business in the right way.”
The Sheffield boss has a full squad to select from with the exception of fullback Ben Turner who is unavailable. If James Gregory plays it will see the winger set a club record of 77 consecutive appearance.
Stocksbridge face a rearranged trip to Carlton Town after their original fixture at Chasetown was postponed due to the host continued involvement in the FA Cup. Steels boss Chris Hilton is delighted that they have been given a replacement game: “We want to be play as many games as we can at this stage of the season,” he said.
“We’ve just come off the back off a good result after a couple of defeats so this fixture gives us a great chance to keep things going,”
It presents Steels with the opportunity of recording a first league double of the campaign having already beaten Carlton 2-1 at Bracken Moor back in August with goals from Corey Gregory and Adam Hinchliffe. Carlton have won just twice in 11 league outings and sit second from bottom of Division One South.
Hilton though is taking nothing for granted. “We’ve sometimes struggled against teams at the bottom. It’s a very tight league, we played Market Drayton Town and Kidsgrove earlier in the season and they were down at the bottom, now they are in they are in top half of the table. We’ve had a good start we’re sixth in the table and just three points off second place so I’ll be demanding from the players we go there and come away with three points.”
Hilton will be without forwards Danny Critchlow who is unavailable and skipper Lee Garside has he sits out the last of a three match suspension.
Shaw Lane Aquaforce face their biggest test so far hosting leaders Stafford Rangers. The visitors boast a perfect away record which has helped them open up an eight-point gap at the top.
They are the only team in Division One South still unbeaten having dropped just two points from 10 games, while Shaw Lane are undefeated in four at home.
Premier Division: Halesowen Town v Matlock Town, Skelmersdale United v Frickley Athletic.
Division One South: Carlton Town v Stocksbridge, Shaw Lane Aquaforce v Stafford Rangers, Sheffield v Loughborough Dynamo.