Rejuvenated Steels bid for third win on the trot

Ben Turner scored a brace against Market Drayton after his switch from centre half to full back
Ben Turner scored a brace against Market Drayton after his switch from centre half to full back

Stocksbridge Park Steels boss Chris Hilton is hoping what has already been a good week will turn into an exceptional one with a win over Tividale at Bracken Moor.

Steels won for the first time on the road beating Market Drayton Town 3-2 last weekend to climbed out of the bottom two in Division One South.

Then on Tuesday they reached the third round of the Senior Cup with an expected victory over Jubilee Sports, running out 5-1 winners.

“We’ve had two great results that couldn’t have come at a better time and set’s us up nicely for Saturday’s game,” said Hilton.

“We’ve worked on a few things in training, its paid off and we’ve got back in the scoring grove.

“We switched Ben Turner to full-back instead of centre-half, which allows him to get forward more and he’s come up with two goals against Market Drayton.

“On Tuesday Lee Thompson, Scott Turner and Chris White all scored their first goals of the season. Hopefully that will help them kick-on.”

Hilton feels it could be the right time to be playing Tividale. “They made a flying start but have come up against it over the past few weeks,” he said. “It gives us an opportunity to get some more points on board.”

Tividale are without a win in the last six outings and have failed to score in the last three.

Sheffield FC travel to third in the table Newcastle Town looking for a third win in eight days.

Club have seen off Spalding United 4-3 at home bogey club Carlton Town 4-1 on their own patch. And manager Mick Wadsworth feels that Newcastle will provided a good test for his team: “They’re going well so it will be a good challenge for us to how far we have come. The players have worked really well and got the reward they deserved.”

Ashley Longstaff, who has hit four goals in the last two games, came in for praise from the Sheffield boss but also pointed out it was very much a team effort. “Ashley has done very well. You know if you get the service in to him he’s going to get a goals. Jamie (Gregory) is good at supplying that service. He’s quick and can be very clever. It was also good to see Joel Purkiss back among the goals.”

Frickley Athletic travel to second in the table Skelmersdale United having lost just onece in the last six outings.

Managerless Matlock Town go to Witton Albion looking to end a run of three league defeats. Former Chesterfield manager Dave Rushbury and coach Martin Foster are in temporary charge.

* Saturday fixtures -

Evo-Stik Premier Div: Skelmersdale v Frickley, Witton v Matlock.Div One South: Newcastle Town v Sheffield FC, Stocksbridge v Tividale.

FA Cup 3rd qual rnd: AFC Fylde v Buxton.