Non league round up: Sheffield FC, Stocksbridge Steels and Shaw Lane

Sheffield FC go in search of a first win in four games when they host Newcastle Town.

Manager James Colliver wants his team to raise their game and be more confident saying: “The last two games we have dropped our standards. We must improve as individuals and as a team, I’m asking the players to demand the ball, play when we can and express themselves more.

“The players are low on confidence and feel every mistake, stray pass or decision is being punished at the moment. We have the character to come through this and it’s only a matter of time before we get a bit of luck. Things can quickly change, it only takes couple of good results and it not only lifts the player but can have you quickly climbing the table.”

Colliver was disappointed with how is team fell away in the second half in the 2-1 defeat at Lincoln United after a good first half said; “Our resilience in the first period was excellent against a direct team that play the long ball. We deservedly led at half-time when Alec Denton tucked home the penalty.

Then a poor decision early in the second half led to a free-kick which put them back in the game. We then get punished again almost straight away and couldn’t get a foothold back in the game which was disappointing.”

Stocksbridge Park Steels travel to fourth-placed Romulus looking to improve on an away record that has seen just one win from five on the road.

Romulus play on a synthetic surface and Steels manager Chris Hilton makes no secret of his dislike of the 3G pitches. He feels they shouldn’t be allowed and that they give the home side a big advantage. A point Hilton will feel was further endorsed when Stocksbridge lost 3-2 on Basford’s 3G surface.

But for the time being they are here to stay as Steels head to the West Midlands looking to become the first side to win at Coles Lane this season with Romulus unbeaten in four outings at home.

Hilton want his side to show more consistency after bouncing back from 3-0 defeat at Northwich Victoria to beat fancied Shaw Lane AFC 1-0 at Bracken Moor on Tuesday. “We have to produce the same level of performance as we did against Shaw Lane every week,” said Hilton. “We’ve been a little too inconsistent but when we click we can beat anyone. In fairness it’s the first time this season I’ve had the spine of my team together on the pitch.

“What we need to do now is go into every game making sure we match what we did in midweek and not what we produced in the second half at Northwich.”

Stocksbridge will travel in buoyant mood following the Shaw Lane win, a result that saw the visitors lose for the first time in nine games this season. “I thought we zipped the ball around well and played some good stuff, said Hilton. “We had a game plan and stuck to it, overall we deserved to win. We could have scored a couple more but I’m happy with a clean sheet against a good side. There was good performances all over the pitch which was very pleasing.”

Winger Nat Crofts is a doubt with an ankle injury.

Shaw Lane AFC will look to stretch their unbeaten home record to five games at the expense of Carlton Town with just one win in five on the road.


Premier Division: Frickley Athletic v Barwell, Hednesford Town v Buxton

Division One South: Romulus v Stocksbridge Park Steels, Shaw Lane AFC v Carlton Town, Sheffield FC v Newcastle Town.

FA Cup Third Round Qualifying: Matlock Town v Workington.