Sheffield FC, the world’s oldest club, makes a little more history tomorrow when they host next to bottom Rugby Town for the teams’ first league meeting.
Rugby switched to the Evo-Stik Northern Premier Division One South for the 2015/16 season after 32 consecutive campaigns in the Southern Football League.
They have however found it tough going so far particularly on the road losing six out of seven with the only success coming in a 3-1 victory at Carlton Town.
Nevertheless Club boss Andy Kiwomya says they will be taking nothing for granted.
“We expect a tough game. I know it may be an old cliché, but anyone can beat anyone in this league” he said. “We’ve already had to come behind on more than one occasion at home this season so we know first-hand just how difficult at times it can be regardless of who you are playing.
“It seems the opposition capitalise on the slightest mistake we make, giving them confidence.
“But we’ve already shown what a good spirit and work ethic we have to battle back and get a result.”
Kiwomya also feels that there has been games when Club have not come away with the result they have deserved.
He said: “We’ve put in some good performances, but I’ve felt at times that’s not reflected in the score line. I’m not complaining that’s football, you don’t always get what you deserve. It’s early days, were improving and learning all the time but what’s important is that we have the confidence and belief that we can win any game.”
Stocksbridge Park Steels go to Romulus where manager Chris Hilton expects a positive reaction after scathing criticism of his team’s performance in the 1-1 home draw against bottom of the table Tividale last weekend. Hilton labelled the performance as, “awful” and “not acceptable.”
He said: “I’m expecting a reaction from the players. They know my feelings, not just on last week’s game but the last couple of performances.
“We’ve taken one point from the last four games and that is not good enough. It’s down to the players to show me they deserve a place in the team.”
Nevertheless Hilton is contemplating making changes.
“Louis Shaw and Ben Rhodes are pushing for a place,” he said. “Louis and Ben have already had a taste of first team football having impressed in the U19s. They have been training with the first team so are very much in my thoughts for Saturday.”
Romulus play on a 3G pitch which Hilton feels could suit his team. They are just a point and three places behind Steels whose poor run has seen the Bracken Moor club drop to 11th in the table, although has Hilton pointed out they remain just a couple of points outside the top six.
Forward Lee Garside will miss the trip through injury, while Richard Patterson is suspended.
Shaw Lane Aquaforce will hope to keep their good run going at home against fourth-placed Coalville Town.
The Ducks, who are unbeaten at home in five, have climbed to second after winning the last three on the spin without a conceding a goal
Frickley Athletic will go into the home clash against seventh-placed Sutton Coldfield Town is a much better frame of mind.
The Blues ended a run of four games without a win by beating 1-0 Mickleover Sports away on Tuesday where a John Cyrus header just before the hour proved the difference between the teams.
FACT SPOT: Barnsley’s Shaw Lane Aquaforce are second in the first division south table, a place ahead of sheffield fc